March 10, 2003. After generating great interest at demonstrations during ALA Midwinter 2003, LinkSource has been officially released for trial and purchase. This new link resolver offers an economical and effective solution to the challenge of integrating multiple electronic collections, facilitating a cohesive research environment for end-users.
LinkSource is an OpenURL compliant resolver designed specifically to allow libraries to provide bi-directional, item-level linking to a wide range of online information resources from a single link menu. LinkSource has many linking partnerships in place, and EBSCO is working to establish partnerships with additional vendors to ensure the utmost in linking accuracy and successful research.
LinkSource instantly provides pre-validated links that match citations with available full text from more than 12,000 journals - approximately 16 million article links. Not only does LinkSource provide the world's largest collection of pre-authorized full text links, it also allows appropriate copy linking for DOI-based links (through CrossRef), links to virtually any Web-based library OPAC, and links to interlibrary loan or document delivery services. In addition, a number of pay-per-view options are available to acquire e-content either directly from the publisher or through EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service.
This new link server offers many benefits over competing services. LinkSource is cost-effective because there is no need for libraries to purchase, configure or maintain local servers. Instead, LinkSource is hosted at EBSCO Publishing's state-of-the-art computing center. This allows LinkSource to be set up on a trial basis so that interested librarians can test the service before deciding whether or not it is the right fit.
More information about LinkSource and a list of linking partners can be found at http://www.linkresolver.com.