Something to be aware of. The SFX menu will display links to freely available open-source versions of journals. The classic catalog record for the same journal will usually display our print holdings and any electronic access that we pay for.
At the moment we’re trying to figure out why some of these links in SFX are faulty. But even after we get them fixed everyone should realize that for any given journal there could be this disparity.
At the Ref Desk we have always treated the catalog record as the definitive source for our journal holdings. We should continue to do so with the understanding that SFX does contain some ‘extras’ that are not presently accounted for in the catalog record. As you can see from Mykie’s message below these may be worked into the catalog at some point in the future.
From: Mykie Howard
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 9:24 AM
To: Tom Kmetz
Cc: Mark Aaron Jarvis; Ophelia H. Chapman
Subject: RE: Why are Open Source Journals Insisting to be Proxied in SFX?
Anything that is “free” in SFX is not cataloged in Voyager. Perhaps that’s something Bridgette and I can look into in the future, but for now, we’re concentrating on pd. things. She’s still working on the recent JSTOR collections we purchased.