Scirus, a science-specific search engine, announced the launch of its Scirus Library Partners program. The new program enables the integration of the Scirus search engine with library link resolvers. The product is designed to allow librarians to optimize the usage of their holdings and provide researchers with faster access to full text articles. The new program uses the OpenURL protocol, which standardizes the transfer of journal metadata. This enables search results in Scirus.com to be automatically cross-referenced with the library holdings of the institution at which researchers are working, resulting in the automatic display of links where the full-text is accessible.
With Scirus Library Partners, researchers and students will immediately be directed to full-text results if they can be accessed. Additionally, by making use of the link resolvers, librarians can integrate with Scirus in a few steps, without needing to upload library holdings specifically to Scirus. The Scirus product technology team has designed the Scirus Library Partners program in order to facilitate integration with Scirus. In order to link their OpenURL resolver into a Scirus search results list, librarians visit www.scirus.com/srsapp/librarypartners, supply a base URL and download a cookie script to distribute to their users.