Generally speaking, when presented with options for linking to an article, clicking  works pretty well.

However, there are a couple cases where –more often than not– this direct linking fails. Articles that are in “Supplements” or “Special Issues” are a problem as there seems to be no standardized way of citing those articles. Sometimes the citation says “Sup.” or “Suppl.” or just “S.” rather than “V.” for volume. As well, some aggregators (like the EBSCOhost or Gale databases) do not get supplements/special issues from the publishers. It’s not in their agreements. Also, page numbering can take on strange formats, like “S-7″ or “23-A”.

A good rule of thumb for these types of articles is, if the “Article” level linking fails, go in at the “Journal” level and then work your way to the right issue & article.

And as always, please report these problems via our Help Form. We pass on these problems and hopefully that will help the software developers work towards a solution.

As part of the implementation of our new Summon discover service (the “Start Here” box on the Library homepage), we are moving to a new OpenURL resolver: 360 Link from Serials Solutions.

What’s this OpenURL business all about? Remember the familiar button? That lead to our old OpenURL resolver SFX and then on to ejournal articles or ebooks.

Our eerily familiar new button leads to our new OpenURL resolver 360 Link. So, the new button works the same, but leads to a better place. Here is an example!

Your citation (in this case for an ejournal article) is at the top. You have a choice of sources for the article. Some links lead to the Article itself, others to just the Journal level. If there is no online access available, you can search the UBC Catalogue. Still nothing? Try InterLibrary Loans. Simple.

While we implement this new software, there will be overlap. So, you will see both the old SFX and the new 360 Link for the next couple weeks.

Questions? Problems? We’re just a Help Form away.

elinkicon<=Sadly, this little gem that you know and love, will be OUT OF ORDER on Saturday, January 23 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (or later). And linking from the Library catalogue to ejournals via Online access or Alternate online access will be down as well for the same period.

But while our OpenURL resolver needs some work, the ejournal A-Z list (click here) will not be affected.

As usual, if you encounter any problems or have questions, email us via our form.

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