We use a tool called SFX to help you access the full text content of journal articles quickly and easily from wherever you are searching.

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What is SFX?

SFX is a type of link resolver - a tool for accessing the full text content of journal articles quickly and easily. SFX also provides our new E-journals A-Z list.

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Who can use SFX?

SFX is available to all SGUL Library users.

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How do I use SFX?

SFX is available wherever you see the SFX Button v01 button.

When you search any of the following resources you will see  SFX Button v01 in your search results:

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Can I access journal articles from offsite?

SGUL staff & students (including CPD students) have access to full text content both onsite at SGUL and offsite. Once logged on to the SGUL network, carry out your search (using Hunter, OVID Medline, EBSCO Cinahl etc.) - then simply click on the SFX Button v01  button and follow the links to the article required. Offsite access is via Shibboleth. Simply login via the Shibboleth or Institutional login option and enter your SGUL username and password. See the 'Accessing SGUL electronic resources offsite' helpsheet on the Help page for further instructions.


NHS staff have access to full text content onsite at SGUL only. You will need a valid SGUL username and password to logon to the SGUL network. Please visit the Library helpdesk during staffed hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm) if you need a SGUL login. Once logged on, carry out your search (using Hunter, OVID Medline, EBSCO Cinahl,  Google Scholar etc.) - then simply click on the SFX Button v01 button and follow the links to the article required. For offsite access to e-resources, please use NHS Athens. Further information available on the NHS E-resources page .

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How do I find out if we subscribe to a particular journal title?

Search Hunter - our new discovery tool.

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  • Select Journal Titles from the drop down menu
  • Enter the journal title into the search box.

 If we hold the title, it will appear in the results list.

  • Select the SFX@SGUL tab
  • If we hold the title electronically, details will appear under Full Text availability. Click on the link or the Go button to go to the journal's website.

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Alternatively, you can search the E-journals A-Z page:

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  • Enter the journal title in the search box and click the Go button
  • If the title appears in the results – click on the SFX Button v01  button or the Journal name and follow the links
  • If the title does not appear or you see a Sorry, your request returned no records message – it means we do not hold the e-journal. You can check to see if we hold the title in print by clicking on Search for print journals at the top right of the SFX menu - this will open the Library catalogue. 

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Why is there more than one link available for some journals?

 You may find that a journal is available via multiple sources. Often, one source will include current content while another covers the archive content. There may also be some overlap in our coverage via different platforms/publishers. Some journals we subscribe to are also available as open access titles (freely available) and these will show as a separate link.  Open access titles often come with date restrictions (an “embargo” period) where for example the most recent 6 months’ content is not available. 

TIP: Always check the date ranges and click on the appropriate link to the year required.

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Can I search for a specific journal article (by article title)?

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You can search by article title in Hunter

  • Select Articles and more from the dropdown menu
  • Enter the article details in the search box and click Search

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I have a DOI or PMID for an article - what is the quickest way to get the full text?


If you have a PMID (PubMed ID) or a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), the quickest way to get the full text is to use the SFX Find an article tab on the E-journals A-Z page:

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  • Select the Find an article tab
  • Enter your PMID or DOI in the search box and click the Go Button
  • A new window will open showing links to the article (if available)

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I clicked on 'Full text available via...' but I only got to the journal's home page - why is this?

SFX tries to get as close as possible to the full text of the article. However some publishers are unable to support article level linking and will link to the journal homepage instead. If this happens, just select the year or volume number you need and then navigate to the issue and page number.

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Why doesn't Hunter show 'Related' articles every time?

The BX Related articles feature uses data drawn from all other ExLibris users worldwide (ExLibris is the company who supplies SFX and Hunter) so it takes time to build up the recommendations. For this reason, Related articles are less likely to appear for recently published articles.

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Why are there no full text links available for my journal or article?

Occasionally there are problems with e-access – for example, the publisher may have cut our access in error. Please use the feedback form in the SFX menu to report any problems with e-journal access, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If there are no links showing for your journal or article it usually means that SGUL does not subscribe to the journal content.  You may order the article as an Interlibrary Loan. N.B. there may be a charge for this service. See below 'If there is no full text available - how do I get the article?' . We also have more details available on Interlibrary Loans page.

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If there is no full text available - how do I get the article?

If we do not have access to a particular article (either electronically or in print) you may order the item as an Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  The easiest way to do this is via the SFX menu:

  • Click on the Request document via SGUL Interlibrary Loan link

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  •  A SGUL Interlibrary Loans form will open in a new window – simply complete the form (as much detail as possible) and click Send request.  

You will be emailed by the Interlibrary Loans team on receipt of your request. Journal article requests usually take between 2-7 days. N.B. there may be a charge for this service. Further details available on Interlibrary Loans page.

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How do I access SGUL's print journals? 

Print journals are held in the Silent Study Space (Blue Zone) at the back of the Library. They are stored in “rolling stacks” and are shelved alphabetically by journal title. You will also find the current issues of some popular journal titles (such as the BMJ and Nursing Times) on display in the Quiet Study Space (Orange Zone).


N.B. Print journals are for reference only and may not be taken out of the Library. See our opening hours.

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How do I find out if SGUL holds a journal in print?


You need to search the Library Catalogue. 

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  • Go to unicorn.sgul.ac.uk
  • Select print journal title from the drop down menu
  • Type the title of the journal in the search box
  • If we hold the journal in print, a record will be displayed showing the years we hold and their location. Any issues from 1975 onwards will be in the location JOURNALS – this means they are shelved in the Library (in the Silent Study Space).
  • Click on the Catalogue Record tab to see more detailed holdings information

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You can also search the Library Catalogue via Hunter:

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  • Go to Hunter
  • Select Library Catalogue from the drop down menu
  • Type the journal title in the search box
  • Click search

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  • Click the Locations tab to check holdings and availability.
  • Click on St George’s Library to link to the Library catalogue record for further details.

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How do I access the pre-1975 journals collection?


Journals published before 1975 are stored in our Archive and need to be requested. Please visit the Library Helpdesk (Mon- Fri, 8am-6pm) and complete a Request for journal from store form.  Archive requests are collected on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11am. Items are usually held at the Helpdesk for 1 week. N.B. Print journals are for reference only and may not be taken out of the Library.

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Who do I contact for additional help or for answers to questions about journals and SFX?


For further help, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the Library Helpdesk on 0208 725 5466

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:57

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