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OLinks

  1. 1. OLinks How to use OLinks, a.k.a. Find It! or Find a Copy to locate a print or electronic copy of a book or article through OhioLINK. Plus, other features including Interlibrary Loan and Citation formatting.
  2. 2. OLinks: The Basics <ul><li>OLinks is used to locate a copy of an item found in OhioLINK research databases in electronic format (if available) or at the University Toledo or other OhioLINK libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for the words ‘OLinks’, Find a Copy, Find It!, or the graphic in a database to open an OLinks window. </li></ul><ul><li>OLinks will attempt to match the citation with a list of electronic subscriptions or try to find a printed copy in UTMOST or the OhioLINK catalog, depending on the item. </li></ul>
  3. 3. OLinks: Finding a Copy <ul><li>This is a basic OLinks screen when there are both electronic and print copies available. </li></ul><ul><li>Full Text (electronic) copy available, follow this link to another database. </li></ul><ul><li>Copies available at UT. Be sure to note the location where your Volume and Year are shelved. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the citation to the article. Note volume/year information. </li></ul>
  4. 4. OLinks: Finding an Electronic Copy <ul><li>Depending on the source of the full text, you will retrieve the full article differently… </li></ul><ul><li>If you click on… Look for… </li></ul>
  5. 5. OLinks: Finding a Print Copy <ul><li>When no electronic copies are available, only the ‘Copies in your Library:’ will show. </li></ul>When no print copies are available either, you can search by title (sometimes OLinks makes a mistake) or View holdings statewide to see what other OhioLINK libraries have a copy, or…
  6. 6. OLinks: If no copies are available <ul><li>… you can obtain the article from Interlibrary Loan or search for the article on the open Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Use OLinks to place your ILL request and the form information will be filled in automatically! Just enter your Name/ID at the bottom. </li></ul><ul><li>Related web sites from Google searches for the title words from your article. To improve results, “enclose in quotes” or search Google Scholar. </li></ul>
  7. 7. OLinks: Citation Formatting <ul><li>One final trick that OLinks can help with is to format your bibliographic citation in different styles, such as APA or MLA. </li></ul><ul><li>Just choose a citation style, click ‘Go’ and copy/paste the formatted citation from the next screen. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to double check your citation for capitalization, missing information, etc. Remember—computers aren’t perfect! </li></ul>

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