Connect Your Resources,  Save Time, Save Money: Richard Bernier ASEE National Convention June 18, 2002 Connecting library ...
Linking Electronic Resources   <ul><li>ProQuest (and other full text databases) </li></ul><ul><li>Library Catalog </li></u...
<ul><li>SFX – Article level </li></ul><ul><li>Other methods –  Journal level </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources   Solu...
<ul><li>Article Level. </li></ul><ul><li>Many other useful utilities ( Link to JAKE, ILL, Web Search Engines, Online Refer...
<ul><li>Link databases to OPAC (Dynamic Approach) </li></ul><ul><li>Add local holdings to databases  (Static Approach) </l...
<ul><li>Search EBSCOhost </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources   Link-to-OPAC
Linking Electronic Resources   EBSCOhost ProQuest OPAC (With MARC records) Create a loop between  both databases
Linking Electronic Resources   Include all other electronic  journals into the loop  OPAC EBSCOhost ProQuest IEEE Spectrum...
Link-to-OPAC <ul><li>Search ProQuest </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources
How’s That Done? <ul><li>Most commercial databases now have this feature. </li></ul><ul><li>It may be easy to do, it may a...
What databases now have this capability? <ul><li>Cambridge Scientific Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>EBSCOhost </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>Endeavor’s Voyager </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative Interface’s INNOPAC </li></ul><ul><li>BIBSYS </li></ul><ul><li>ExL...
<ul><li>ISSN number must be indexed in the catalog database </li></ul><ul><li>The URL used to search the catalog must be p...
<ul><li>The OPAC must support either a URL-based syntax for searching or a CGI-based method </li></ul><ul><li>Both OPAC an...
Perl Script adds hyphen to search string
Local Holdings feature <ul><li>Add local holdings info into commercial database itself (e.g EBSCOhost, ProQuest) </li></ul...
Local Holdings feature <ul><li>A library with an OPAC that is incapable of being queried by an external resource. </li></u...
Local Holdings feature <ul><li>Entering holdings info for all locally held journals is time consuming. </li></ul><ul><li>H...
How to Get Started <ul><li>Gain access to database local administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Consult online documentation to l...
Any Questions? Connect Your Resources,  Save  Time, Save Money
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- American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition. Montreal, Quebec: June 2002.
- Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference: Indianapolis, IN, May 2002.

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Connect Your Resources, Save Time, Save Money:: Connecting library electronic resources to reduce research time

  1. 1. Connect Your Resources, Save Time, Save Money: Richard Bernier ASEE National Convention June 18, 2002 Connecting library electronic resources to reduce research time
  2. 2. Linking Electronic Resources <ul><li>ProQuest (and other full text databases) </li></ul><ul><li>Library Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>List of electronic journals (if not in catalog already) </li></ul>The Problem: Redundant Searching Non-full text search result in EBSCOhost = Additional Searches in:
  3. 3. <ul><li>SFX – Article level </li></ul><ul><li>Other methods – Journal level </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources Solutions Link to Resources
  4. 4. <ul><li>Article Level. </li></ul><ul><li>Many other useful utilities ( Link to JAKE, ILL, Web Search Engines, Online Reference ) </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources Solutions The SFX way
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  6. 6. <ul><li>Link databases to OPAC (Dynamic Approach) </li></ul><ul><li>Add local holdings to databases (Static Approach) </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources Solutions Other Methods
  7. 7. <ul><li>Search EBSCOhost </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources Link-to-OPAC
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  16. 16. Linking Electronic Resources EBSCOhost ProQuest OPAC (With MARC records) Create a loop between both databases
  17. 17. Linking Electronic Resources Include all other electronic journals into the loop OPAC EBSCOhost ProQuest IEEE Spectrum Economic Journal (JSTOR) ACM Computing Surveys SIAM Review
  18. 18. Link-to-OPAC <ul><li>Search ProQuest </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources
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  21. 21. How’s That Done? <ul><li>Most commercial databases now have this feature. </li></ul><ul><li>It may be easy to do, it may also make you want to pull your hair out! It all depends on the database and your OPAC. </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources
  22. 22. What databases now have this capability? <ul><li>Cambridge Scientific Abstracts </li></ul><ul><li>EBSCOhost </li></ul><ul><li>Ei Village </li></ul><ul><li>Gale’s InfoTrac </li></ul><ul><li>ISI’s Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>OCLC’s First Search </li></ul><ul><li>OVID </li></ul><ul><li>ProQuest Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Silver Platter’s WebSpirs </li></ul><ul><li>Ulrich’s Books-in-Print </li></ul><ul><li>Wilson Web </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources
  23. 23. <ul><li>Endeavor’s Voyager </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative Interface’s INNOPAC </li></ul><ul><li>BIBSYS </li></ul><ul><li>ExLibris’s Alepha </li></ul><ul><li>DRA </li></ul><ul><li>Sirsi </li></ul><ul><li>Talis </li></ul><ul><li>Techlib </li></ul><ul><li>WebPals </li></ul><ul><li>Ameritech’s Horizon </li></ul>What OPACS now have this capability? Linking Electronic Resources
  24. 24. <ul><li>ISSN number must be indexed in the catalog database </li></ul><ul><li>The URL used to search the catalog must be predefined (“static”) so that only the ISSN number has to change. </li></ul><ul><li>The OPAC must have a web front end for searching </li></ul>What criteria must an OPAC meet to be compatible? Linking Electronic Resources
  25. 25. <ul><li>The OPAC must support either a URL-based syntax for searching or a CGI-based method </li></ul><ul><li>Both OPAC and database must handle the ISSN number the same way (e.g. with or without the hyphen). This can be worked around. </li></ul>What criteria must an OPAC meet to be compatible? Linking Electronic Resources
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  31. 31. Perl Script adds hyphen to search string
  32. 32. Local Holdings feature <ul><li>Add local holdings info into commercial database itself (e.g EBSCOhost, ProQuest) </li></ul><ul><li>Include holdings information: -format </li></ul><ul><li>-year coverage </li></ul><ul><li>-link to online source </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources
  33. 33. Local Holdings feature <ul><li>A library with an OPAC that is incapable of being queried by an external resource. </li></ul><ul><li>A library with a very small serials collection. </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources Who would use this feature?
  34. 34. Local Holdings feature <ul><li>Entering holdings info for all locally held journals is time consuming. </li></ul><ul><li>Holdings info must be updated as holdings change. </li></ul>Linking Electronic Resources The downside…
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  53. 53. How to Get Started <ul><li>Gain access to database local administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Consult online documentation to learn how to link to external resources. </li></ul><ul><li>If you run into problems, call database vendor’s technical support for assistance. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Any Questions? Connect Your Resources, Save Time, Save Money

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