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Find It@HKUL


What is Find It@HKUL


Find It@HKUL is a tool to help you link from an article citation in a database to the full text of that article or other related services.

Find It@HKUL saves you time - you no longer need to write down the citation and then manually check Dragon to see if the library has the article. Find It@HKUL does the work for you.
How do I use Find It@HKUL?


Using Find It@HKUL when doing research is easy. Simply look for the Find It@HKUL button or hyperlink when searching in many of the databases offered by the library.

Click on the Find It@HKUL button and a menu of options will open in a new browser window. You may then:
  • Link to the full text of the article
  • Search Dragon, the library catalog, for this item
  • Search Google for this item
  • Email your questions or comments to a librarian
  • Link to the Find It@HKUL Q&A

Note that different databases display the Find It@HKUL button in different locations. Some display the button on the search results page, others only show the button in the full record view.
How to configure Google Scholar for accessing HKUL subscribed resources?


Configure the Google Scholar setting as follows:
1. Go to
2. Click on “Settings”
3. Click on "Library Links" on the left
4. Enter "HKU" into the search box
5. Tick the checkbox against "Hong Kong University: Find it @HKUL"
6. Then, “Save” the settings
7. When you do a search in Google Scholar, you will see the link "Find@HKUL" against each record. Click on this link to check for full text availability through HKU Libraries
Why isn't there a full text link when I know the library has access to the article?


There are many possible reasons why there isn't a full text link, but one possible reason is the "knowledgebase".

When Find It@HKUL creates the menu options, it does so by matching the citation information with a knowledgebase of the library's holdings. A full text link is displayed when Find It@HKUL confirms that the library owns an appropriate copy.

Since Find It@HKUL is a new service, not the entire holdings of the library have been loaded into the knowledgebase. Our expanding collection of electronic resources also means that the knowledgebase might lag behind sometimes.

Find It@HKUL provides a convenient shortcut most of the time, but if it turns up no results, always click on the Search Dragon link to double check if the library has a copy in print or electronic format.
Why are there multiple links to full text?


There is overlap among the library's electronic journal collections and databases. That's why sometimes you will find that the full text is available from more than one source.
Sometimes the full text link will take me to the article, but other times only to the journal, why?


Find It@HKUL gets you as close as it can to the full text of the article. However, often the publisher's Web site might only allow linking to the table of contents or to the journal's home page. When this happens, refer back to the citation and browse down the issues until you reach the full text of the article.
There is no full text link in the menu, does that mean the article is not available?


There are many reasons why there might not be a full text link. For example, there might be an error in the citation and the Find It@HKUL server does not have enough information to construct a path to the full text. Always click on the Search Dragon link to double check if the library has a copy in print or electronic format.
What do I do if a link to full text is not working?


Once again, there are many possible reasons why a full text link would return a "not found" or other error messages. In some cases, Find It@HKUL is not able to construct a valid link because of incorrect or insufficient information from the citation. Sometimes it is because the system hosting the journal is having some technical problems.

If you come across any errant full text links, click on the Search Dragon link to double check if the library has a copy in print or electronic format. Please also report to us the problem. We will investigate and try to fix it accordingly.
How does Find It@HKUL work?


Find It@HKUL acts as an intermediary service to create a shortcut link between a citation and the full text. When you click on the Find It@HKUL button, information about the article, such as the journal name, volume, issue and page (an "OpenURL"), is transmitted to the library's server. The server then analyses the information, determines if and where the full text is available, and dynamically creates the menu options.