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Find it!

Find it! is CUNY’s OpenURL resolver, which links citations with full-text or auto-fills Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests. Find it! buttons appear when you use citation-only or partially full-text library databases.

Find it! buttons usually look like this: Find it!

When you click Find it!, a window opens and provides links to the full text of the item, if the full text is available, as well as to print holdings in the CUNY library catalog. If the item is unavailable, Find it! prompts you to request the item through ILL and autofills your request form!

If you are not using WorldCat or Google Scholar from the library website, you must use the Library Toolbar to view Find it! buttons to enable citations to point to full-text resources or request ILL. Click here to view an example image.

Advanced users, feel free to use the Citation Linking Tool to generate an OpenURL.


An Example of Using Find it!

The following procedure for locating a full-text holding using WorldCat is presented to show typical usage of Find it! The same method can be applied to many other databases. 

Using WorldCat with Find it!:

1. First access WorldCat. From the databases page, scroll to W:


WorldCat in Database A-Z list

2. Search WorldCat by keyword, author, or title.

3. Find a citation, then look for the Find it! button and click on it.

Note: Don’t worry if you have not downloaded and installed the Library Toolbar because many databases generate their own version of a Find it! link. For example, WorldCat also displays a “Find-it At CUNY” link native to and generated by the database itself right above the Find it! image.

Find it! Button (Generated from Library Toolbar)

Find it! Button (Generated from Library Toolbar)

4.  A Find it! window will appear with links to all available holdings, electronic and print.  If an item is not available through the Graduate Center or CUNY, you will be presented with the option to request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Other Find it! options allow you to download the record to EndNote or citation to RefWorks.

Find it! menu with various holdings Options

Find it! Menu with Various Holdings Options

 5. If a book is available in CUNY libraries, request it through CLICS.

6. If an item is unavailable in CUNY, follow the Find it! link to log in to your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account to make a request.  Once you log in, your request for the item is will be auto-filled.

Questions? Email with the name of the database involved and, if possible, the problematic citation.