This semester the library is now offering an easier way to track down fulltext articles located outside of EBSCOhost. Let’s take a look at how it was done in the past…
The Old Way
You perform a search in EBSCOhost. You take a look at your results list. You read an article’s title and know immediately that it will be a perfect source to use in your paper. *Gasp!* You then discover (as a sinking feeling begins to grow in your stomach) that there is no link to the fulltext! No PDF! No HTML! *Sigh* You head back to the library’s homepage, click on the A to Z Journal List link, and enter the name of the journal the article was published in to try and figure out if one of our other databases contains the fulltext article…
The New Hotness that is known as LinkSource
You perform a search in EBSCOhost. You take a look at your results list. You read an article’s title and know immediately that it will be a perfect source to use in your paper. *Gasp!* You then discover (as a sinking feeling begins to grow in your stomach) that there is no link to the fulltext! Wait! What is that?! A “Check LinkSource for more information” link?! What does this do? You decide to click on it. Before you can even exclaim “Warner Library Rocks!” a new browser tab has opened and lo, there is the fulltext article.
So, how does this magical tool work? (Get ready, because I’m about to throw a lot of library-speak at you) LinkSource is a link resolver that acts a as a “middle man” between the source database and the destination database. Using OpenURL technology, a link resolver can identify where a researcher is and then take them to where they want to go, as far a tracking down resources.
If you click on the “Check LinkSource for more information” link one of two things can happen:
1) It will redirect you to the database we subscribe to that does contain the fulltext article, or
2) It will take you to another screen that contains the citation information for the article of interest.
Ideally, you’ll hope for the first option. However, if you find that the second option is where you’ve ended up, don’t worry! There is still hope! You can then request the desired article via our RAPID ILL service.
Next time you’re researching EBSCOhost, give the LinkSource option a try!
You can learn more by visiting http://www2.ebsco.com/en-us/Documents/prodServices/LinkSource_fs.pdf
Above image take from http://www2.ebsco.com/en-us/ProductsServices/linksource/Pages/AboutLinkSource.aspx