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Find it @ SCGH

Find it @ SCGH is an online linking service that assists in finding journal articles and other materials. Using this service, you can link from a citation for an article (perhaps in an indexing database) to the full text of the article (if available) or information about the Library's print holdings.


Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Library provides electronic access to over 3,000 electronic journal titles. Find it @ SCGH provides links to these journals from the A-Z Journal Catalogue and from a number of publisher's databases. You can look for e-journals and information about the Library's print journal holdings in the A-Z Journal Catalogue in three different ways:

Titles Click on a letter to browse a list of journal titles that begin with that letter. Alternatively, enter a word in the search box to find titles that start with that word.
Subjects Browse the journal collection by subject.
Locate Search the journal collection by title, ISSN, subject or vendor (publisher).

You can also search for a specific journal or article or citation using the Citation Linker.

e-Journal FAQs

You can find some general information about e-journals and the "Find it @ SCGH" online linking service below. If you have any more questions or if you have any problems accessing an e-journal please contact .

What are e-Journals?
What is the Find it @ SCGH linking service?
Which e-Journals do I have access to?
Do I need a username and password?
Can I access e-Journals if I am at home?
Can I access e-Journals that are not in the Library's collection?
How do I view and print articles?
How do I find articles on a particular subject?
Current Awareness

What are e-Journals?
The majority of electronic journals (also known as e-journals) are electronic versions of print journals (e.g. BMJ, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, etc) that you can access via the Internet. Some journals are not published in print and are only available in an electronic format. Electronic journals normally contain all of the material that appears in the printed version of the journal, and may also include additional features such as video clips and links to related web sites that can't be included in a paper journal. E-journals also tend to be more up-to-date than print journals as articles can be made available as soon as they are ready.

What is Find it @ SCGH  
Find it @ SCGH is a new service that provides access to online journals and improves linking between the e-journal collections and databases subscribed to by the Library. This button appears when browsing the list of electronic journals and is displayed next to the search results in databases such as Medline. If you click on the button, "Find it @ SCGH" will try to take you to the individual article or, if that's not possible, to the e-journal that you want to look at. If the article or journal that you want to look at is not held in the Library's collection then you will be offered alternative ways to obtain it, such as requesting the article via document delivery.

Which e-Journals do I have access to?
E-journals are available on the Internet but that does not mean that they are free! Journal publishers make their money by selling access to the contents of their journals whether it is in the print or electronic formats. The list of e-journals that you have full-text access to changes all the time as new titles are added and others are removed and so it's worth checking it regularly.

Do I need a username and password?
If you are looking at e-journals from a computer at work then you usually won't need a username or password to access them. However, you may occasionally need to enter your HE number and internet password to gain access.

Can I access e-journals if I am off-site or at home?
The majority of electronic journals and other online resources subscribed to by the Library can be accessed from off-site or from home using your HE number and Novell password. If you do not have an HE number and Novell password you will need to contact the IT Department to request one.

The first time that you try to access an online resource you will be directed to the Library's proxy server login screen. If you login using your HE number and Novell password you will then be re-directed to the online resource that you selected. You should only need to login to the proxy server once during a session.

Can I access e-Journals that are not in the Library's collection?
Journal content pages and article abstracts are usually freely available. The full-text content of older journal issues is also often freely available. Access to the full-text of most e-journals is only available to subscribers and if a title is not found in the Journal A-Z then it is unlikely that you will be able to access it. However you may request an article using the library's inter-library loan form provided you have registered to use the Online Document Delivery Request Service and obtained a PIN (Personal Identification Number).

How do I view and print articles?
The full text of articles in electronic journals is usually available in two different formats:

PDF (Portable Document Format)
PDF provides a replica of the print version of an article and it is the best format to use if you want to print the article. If you want to look at PDF files from off-campus then you may need to install the Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your computer. You can download this for free from the Adobe web site.

HTML (HyperText Markup Language)
This format lets you look at the article as a web page. It allows you to link to different parts of the article and, sometimes to cited articles. Although this format is easier to read online it is not recommended for printing the article as it consumes many more pages.

How do I find articles on a particular subject?
At present it is not possible to search all of the e-journals for articles on a particular subject. Later this year we will be installing a search engine which can search up to 10 databases simultaneously. You will then be able to link directly to articles in the e-journal collection and online databases.

Current Awareness

You can sign up to receive emailed alerts from the British Medical Journal Publishing Group. BMJ Updates incorporates the McMaster PLUS email alerting system and searchable database of best evidence from the medical literature. BMJ Updates also include summaries for the most highly rated clinical literature that highlight key concepts presented in the research evidence.

Various publishers offer topic collections of their articles. These include the BMJ's topic collections, the MJA's topic collections, and the CMAJ's journal collections. Journal Watch written by Dr Richard Lehman is a lighthearted review of the leading medical journals from a GP perspective. It is updated weekly. In addition, many publishers offer free alerting services that send you the contents pages of new journal issues by e-mail as soon as, or even before, they are published. You can usually register for an alert for an e-journal even if the Library does not subscribe to it.

How can I get more help with e-journals?
If you have any more questions about e-journals or if you have any problems accessing an e-journal please .

The Library can provide instruction classes for staff in a variety of information literacy skills, such as use of online resources, literature searching with Ebsco or PubMed, and sources for evidence based healthcare. Hands-on classes can be conducted either in the Library (up to 8 participants) or by arrangement in the computer training room in our Education & Development Centre (up to 12 participants). Sessions can also be held in ward or department seminar rooms. Please contact the Library to discuss your needs.

Page last updated / reviewed: 24 July 2015
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