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.

*UPDATE* …and we’re back online.
UBC eLink button

Yikes! We’ve lost it for the moment. Stay tuned.

Where's my article?

A clarification needs to be made about links claiming “Full text available” on the SFX pop-up menu. Links near the top of the menu (usually right under the journal or article title) try to connect you to THAT journal / article.

Full text available” near the bottom (usually just below “Check the UBC Catalogue” or ” Order Documents from CISTI Order”) are for what SFX considers related journals, which most likely will NOT have what you want.

This is a known, confusing and frustrating issue we are trying to resolve.

*UPDATE* - Links working now.
Ebsco Host logo
Somewhere, someone altered all the internal journal IDs for the MEDLINE with Full Text titles (not us, honest!). As a result, links from our ejournal A-Z list and our eLink button go to a mostly blank Ebsco Host page.
If you click on “Publications” in the upper left of that page, you can re-search your journal there. A pain, yes, but we are working to resolve it. Stay tuned.

From Google Scholar (or from our own Citation eLinker, for that matter), trying to resolve to the article level via our UBC eLink button button results in being dropped at a rather bare AnthroSource page… a journal cover but no volumes to even click on. Part of the reason is all the articles have moved to the Wiley Interscience platform. We are working to resolve this.
If you land on the bare AnthroSource page, you can either re-search your article title at the top of the page or click HOME, then BROWSE JOURNALS then your journal title, then work your way into volume / issue / article title. A long route, but you get there.

Searches in Google Scholar are yielding much more consistent results. Possible links are almost always listed as “UBC eLink” and only occasionally as “UBC Library Catalogue” (both go to the same SFX menu). But, alas, no eLink button yet. Some problems still exist, but these are due to the poor incoming information rather than a resolving problem on our end.

For example, try the following search:

  1. In Google Scholar search two words     Cronenberg AIDS
  2. The 2nd result reads   ” AIDS References in the Critical Reception of David Cronenberg:” It May Not Be Such a Bad Disease …- UBC eLink
  3. Clicking on “UBC eLink” gives you an abbreviated citation and no full-text results. Clicking on “AIDS References in the Critical…” takes you to the full text.
  4. You also see “All 4 versions” at the end of the 2nd result. Click on that, and you get four “UBC eLink” links, three of which take you to three different full-text sources.

Conclusion: it’s not perfect, but it does work better than before. So, don’t be disappointed by an initial “No full text available” message. Dig a bit.

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