A few months back, we created a survey to get your opinions on proposed changes to the Find E-Journals (SFX) linking system. If you haven’t used SFX yet, SFX is the tool that allows you to link from a citation in one database to the full text in another. This saves time because you don’t have to search in each and every one of our 500 subscription databases for your full text. One thing we learned is that you have a lot of ideas and suggestions about SFX and MetaLib. (MetaLib is the tool which allows you to find and enter a database). Not only do you have a lot of opinions, you want to talk about them. That’s why we have created the E-Resources @ USF Libraries blog, with the hope that you will comment and talk to us. To improve these tools, we need your help. Join us in the discussion of our electronic resources.
There were 207 respondents for this survey, with just over 50% of response coming from graduate students, followed by faculty, undergraduates, and other staff members.
Question 1 addressed the link to the State Universities of Florida within SFX. This link allows you to check if the materials can be found in another university in Florida. The response to Question 1 indicated that patrons are equally divided on the value of the State Universities link. To view the response in chart form, click here.
Question 2 asked whether the SFX link to WorldCat is useful. WorldCat is a catalog of items in libraries throughout the world. Response on this question was also divided equally between those who felt the link was helpful and those who did not. Click here for the response in chart form.
Question 3 asked about a proposed new button in SFX. The switch to a new button was prompted by some confusion over the current SFX button. We hoped to make the button more intuitive by adding the words, "Find It" and "USF".
Of the choices presented, Option 1 was the winner. Sixty-one respondents marked Option 1 as their first choice.
Many respondents offered suggestions regarding improvement to SFX/Find E-journals and MetaLib/Find Databases. We hope to address and answer many of these suggestions in upcoming posts.