EBSCOhost to Provide Bi-Directional Linking with MDL LitLink

Nov 05, 2002


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EBSCO Publishing and MDL Information Systems have completed a successful collaboration to provide bi-directional linking between the EBSCOhost search interface and MDL LitLink Servers. This new feature will enable researchers to link from citations in other desktop applications to the full text in EBSCOhost databases to which their libraries subscribe and from citations in EBSCOhost databases to full text in other sources. LitLink Servers are innovative software programs that link literature citations from a variety of desktop applications to journal articles, patents and other documents. When you select a citation, LitLink Servers' linking system uses the citation as input and retrieves the corresponding document. LitLink Servers provide one-click access to the appropriate copy of full text journal articles and patents as well as a variety of services. When searching an EBSCOhost database, the interface searches the full text not only within the database, but also within a library's ejournal subscriptions (through EBSCO's Electronic Journals Service or CrossRef) and its online catalog. If full text cannot be located in these resources, the result list can then indicate EBSCO CustomLinks from the relevant citation directly to the full text through LitLink or other linking servers such as SFX and Link FinderPlus or to various document delivery services and interlibrary loan (ILL) systems. Any of the EBSCO CustomLinks can be turned on or off at the discretion of the subscribing library, and upon request, with the assistance of EBSCO Publishing's Tech Support department.

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