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Journal Linking and the ADL AHEC ILS Meeting March 15-16, 2007 IS COMPLICATED!!! How do we link to journals? Locally Maintained Journal Lists Charlotte AHEC IRC Journals Holdings This is also linked through the ADL MAHEC Ebsco A to Z List This is also linked through the ADL

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journal linking and the adl

Journal Linking and the ADL

AHEC ILS Meeting

March 15-16, 2007

how do we link to journals
How do we link to journals?
  • Locally Maintained Journal Lists
    • Charlotte AHEC IRC Journals Holdings
      • This is also linked through the ADL
    • MAHEC Ebsco A to Z List
      • This is also linked through the ADL
    • EbscoHost EJS List – Southern Regional
      • Only available on site at Southern Regional AHEC
how do we link to journals4
How do we link to journals?
  • Direct Journal Links in the ADL
    • Linked through Health Specialties page
    • Linked through Journals page
    • Linked on Special Collections
how do we link to journals5
How do we link to journals?
  • Direct Journal Links in the ADL
    • ~1300 Distinct Licensed Journal Titles in ADL
how do we link to journals6
How do we link to journals?
  • Criteria for direct link inclusion in ADL
    • Must have current full text available
    • Must fall within the scope of the ADL
    • Exceptions
      • Journals already with direct links in ADL whose status changed from current full text to archival access
      • Some out-of-scope titles that are important to specific user populations (Harvard Business Review)
how do we link to journals7
How do we link to journals?
  • Link to Journal Collections
    • Journals at Ovid
    • Ebsco
    • MDConsult
database searching pitfalls
Database Searching Pitfalls

You might have to leave the database to link into the journal and then find the article

You don’t always know which fulltext is available through which database

You’ve got to know which database to search!

what is linking
What is Linking?
  • “The ability to search a heterogeneous set of resources with a single interface”(American Libraries. June/July 2004 pg.92. Andrew Pace)
  • “A user should not have to leave one system and essentially re-create his or her search in another to find the full-text gold at the end of the rainbow.” (Library Technology Reports. January-February 2006 pg. 5. Jill Gregg)
what is linking12
What is Linking?
  • In our current environment…
    • We are trying to move a user from “traditional forms of bibliographic information to the corresponding full text” (Gregg, pg. 8)
    • Traditional Bibliographic Information
      • Our known Databases: Medline, Cinahl, etc.
what is linking13
What is Linking?

(citation database)

Ovid Medline

Full text of article

Direct link to full-text

Our current linking environment (for the most part)

Notes

*Users can only link to the full-text that is “internally” attached to a databases

*Users won’t have access to other full-text that is not “internally” attached to a specific database

what is linking14
What is Linking?

Link Resolver

(citation database)

Ovid Medline

Open URL

The Next Step Linking Environment

Note

*Currently available for Individual Subscribers

Full text choices

Title A (vendor Ebsco)

Title B (vendor Elsevier)

Title C (vendor Swets)

Title D (vendor Ovid)

the current linking situation
The current linking situation
  • Available for individual users
    • Utilizes Ovid’s Link Resolver
    • Can link from Ovid Database into any full text (except MDConsult resources)
    • Live Example
other issues
Other Issues
  • Accessing Ovid Full-text links through Ebsco’s Cinahl
    • This IS possible!
    • This CAN be in place – when the transition takes place in August
    • Steps to make this happen
other issues17
Other Issues
  • Accessing Ovid Full-text links through Ebsco’s Cinahl
    • Steps to make this happen
      • Link Resolver Selection
      • Ebsco is willing to help set up linking through any link resolver that we select
      • Voila – From your perspective the MAGIC of linking
other issues18
Other Issues
  • PubMed!!!
  • Many Known Issues
  • We are working on it!!!!
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • Linking is really HARD STUFF
  • Linking (as defined previously) is no longer an option – it is a NECESSITY
  • “Linking must be at the top of the librarian agenda” (Gregg, pg.44)
final thoughts20
Final Thoughts

“Linking must be at the top of the librarian agenda” (Gregg, pg.44)

“…to ignore linking is to ignore a core tenet of librarianship: the right resource for the user at the right time”

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Final Thoughts

A major future direction for the ADL Portal is going to be enabling linking technologies!

  • Less duplication of effort
  • Ensures access to a core set of resources
  • Ensures access across a common platform
  • Will be User-Centric