Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Link Resolver Service: finding a journal title & finding full text

The Fitzgerald Library is switching link resolver services. What is a link resolver and what does this mean for you? The link resolver works to connect users to the full text of an article, whether it is located in another database to which we subscribe or in another library's collection--in which case an interlibrary loan request form is provided.  The link resolver also provides a search mechanism for journal titles, so that users can discover whether the library owns a particular journal and, if so, where that journal can be accessed.

Starting on October 30th, our Journal Finder will be called Journals A-Z.   It will have a different look, but will still provide the same service, along with enabling a search for eBook titles. To see how it works watch a tutorial for Journals & eBooks A-Z.

When you are looking for articles in most of our databases, instead of the “find it”  find it button that appeared in the past when the link resolver was needed to get you to another database or to an interlibrary loan request form, you will now see “Full Text Options--SMU.”

Some database vendors have elected to use different approaches to finding full text.  In Science Direct the link resolver is hidden in the “Bibliographic Information” drop down box on the right of the screen.  In Project Muse the user clicks on “Find using open URL.” Sage does not support any link resolver use; users needing full text can contact a librarian to order.

Questions? Just ask a librarian

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