Linking Service - from literature search to document


The SFX link resolver is a product of Ex Libris to indicate the availability of scientific publications. It is a fast and convenient way of interconnecting literature search and document. Search results may be the electronic full text, a search hit in the online catalogue of the library or the Union Catalogue (GVK), from which an inter-library loan request may be sent.


How does SFX work?

[Translate to English:] SFX-Beispiel

In many databases provided by the library you will find a specific linking button during your search.


[Translate to English:] kontextsensitives SFX-Menü

If you click on the SFX button, an electronic full text (if licensed for Erfurt University) will be opened or it shows otherwise a context-sensitive service window offering the following options:

  • Holding information and inter-library loan (ILL): check the online catalogue of the library whether the requested publication is available.
  • If the publication does not exist in your own library, check the Union Catalogue (GVK) and send an inter-library loan request (ILL), if necessary.
  • Citation information: if an electronic full text is not immediately available, please search the Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
  • More Information: Contact, Request or further search with Google Scholar

The details of the originally sought terms are always taken from the database, a  re-entry of the search terms is not necessary.

Databases with Linking Service

A number of databases available in the library are suitable for the integration of a linking service (SFX). Required is the support of the OpenURL standard, a technical agreement to transport data uniformly between electronic bibliographic databases.
You find a list of all SFX-databases in the database information system of the library (DBIS) under the heading „Sammlung: Datenbanken mit Linking Service (SFX)“.  The service is expanding constantly.

Reference management programs and OpenURL

In reference management programs such as Endnote or Citavi and OpenURL SFX - there is the option of checking the availability of documents in full-text, in your library or by inter-library loan.