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Find It @ Harvard

As of August 25, the name of the popular link-resolver service, Harvard SFX, is "Find It @ Harvard." All related menus, help documents, and web pages have been changed to reflect the new name, including forms for the SFX-related "Citation Linker."

According to Amira Aaron, manager of digital content and access services in Harvard University Library's Office for Information Systems (OIS), the name change reflects growing use of this service for accessing full text and print holdings. "It became increasingly important that the name be as intuitive as possible," Aaron stated, "so that users know instinctively to press the button to find the cited material and don't have to be trained to do so. We strongly considered renaming the service when it was first implemented in January 2003, but at that time not all vendors could accept customized buttons. We were concerned about consistency for our patrons. Now, because all of our vendors can accept the new Harvard button, it seemed the right time to make the change." Aaron also noted that the majority of institutions using SFX have renamed the service in a similar way.

Another development related to SFX is the implementation of the "Find It" service in PubMed, which has very stringent requirements for the display of the "Find It" button. Considerable analysis and development were needed before the service could be provided.

A new version of SFX is expected to be implemented early in 2005. This new version will allow greater flexibility in the presentation of the "Find It" menu, and, eventually, will provide for a much greater range and granularity of metadata to identify items sought. The new version of SFX is based on a recently approved NISO standard, OpenURL 1.0.

Other new services are also being planned for addition to the "Find It" menu, Aaron added. "One of the most eagerly awaited is the ability to download the citation directly from the menu into EndNote and other bibliographic reference packages."

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