DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Sept. 2, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems relayed the successful interaction between the LinkFinderPlus OpenURL-enabled link resolver and PubMed, benefiting end users with more direct access to solid, important information. End users benefit with easily accessible links from LinkFinderPlus to the electronic full text of citations in PubMed or pre-populated interlibrary loan forms generated by LinkFinderPlus for articles not available electronically at a library.
In place at the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries since March, the LinkFinderPlus and PubMed interaction has resulted in an increased use of PubMed resources by researchers.
“Students find it very useful-they have the expectation that full-text would be there, so it's definitely important for us to have it for researchers and for students,” said Ada Emmett, Science Librarian in the KU Libraries. “Adding LinkFinderPlus has been a smooth transition at the user end. This feature of LinkFinderPlus makes it easier for researchers to understand how citations, databases and full-text all fits together. Library technology is moving too fast for students to really have to know what's behind it.”
Technology, Rigorous Testing: build a Strong Interaction
Setting up the bridge between the two services required the KU Libraries' implementation to match the stringent requirements of PubMed's LinkOut service. By requiring that end-users can access information regardless of whether it is via direct link to full-text through LinkFinderPlus or through interlibrary loan, PubMed ensures researchers can have access to the public information.
“Because we had to provide an option for full-text to our end-users in all cases, either via available electronic full-text, a print version or an interlibrary loan option, there were rigorous requirements for activating a successful LinkFinderPlus option in PubMed,” said John Miller, Special Projects Librarian in the KU Libraries.
“Researchers want to access information in a quick and reliable method. The University of Kansas Libraries are enabling researchers to find more information in a faster, more direct route by enabling linking through LinkFinderPlus from PubMed resources,” said Harry Samuels, Endeavor Product Manager for Linking and Searching. “The end result is a user community that is more satisfied with their research experience because it meets their need of an easily accessible and dependable method to access their needed resources.”
LinkFinderPlus bridges the gap between citations and the online full-text of articles, providing maximum usage of the library's electronic journal subscriptions through increased user accessibility. Making the research process more efficient, LinkFinderPlus uses OpenURL linking to provide the user with links to the full-text of articles from a citation on a publisher or database website. In addition, the libraries can provide users with additional related links, such as checking for print holdings, based on the metadata from the citation. The library can maintain a database that programmatically creates the links to their licensed full-text and related resources.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Endeavor Meridian, Voyager, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.