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Why am I getting "citation online" or "Check Availability" results in FindMore@NUSL?

Last Updated: May 11, 2014  |  84 Views

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In general FindMore@NUSL will display only items we have access in full-text or if we have a physical copy. This of course does not hold once you have selected "Add results beyond your library's collection".

If you choose to login before searching, you will also start seeing results from selected A&I (Abstracting and indexing databases) including

  • Web of Science, Scopus
  • MLA Bibiliography
  • Various Proquest A&I Databases including Sociological Abstracts, British Humanities Index, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts etc

Some of this will be available full-text , though many will not and be marked "citation online". You will need to click on "check availability" to see if the item is available in print or in rare occasions online or not at all.

Do note that even if you don't login before searching or "Add results beyond your library's collection" you may still see "Citation online" , "Check availability", "Check catalog" options appearing for the following reasons.

1. Some databases or packages can be added only as a complete package.

E.g ProQuest dissertations & theses is the premier database for US thesis and dissertations. While it includes full text of US thesis from 1997 onwards the database includes abtracts for older thesis. For technical reasons, we are unable to only select full-text thesis for display in FindMore@NUSL as such occasionally FindMore@NUSL will display items that are citation online.

Similarly ERIC - Education Resource Information Centre is a top resource for the education area, some but not all the items in it is available for full-text free. 

2. Some databases or packages are unable to indicate if items in them are full-text or not at the item level.

One example is our institutional repository -Scholarbank@NUS is unable to indicate if an item is available full-text or not. As such the status is set to show as "Citation Online" in FindMore@NUSL. For example most but not all of our thesis in the Electronic Thesis and Disseration collection in Scholarbank@NUS is open for download, but some might be restricted or closed.

By selecting "Items with full text online", you can remove all such items, but these may include items that the library actually has access to, in particular for #2.

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