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Alma Electronic Resources Management

Working with and managing electronic resources in Alma.

Linking Out

Your full-text linking parameters are set up in Alma for everything except "link in record" content from the PCI. You can determine if you want patrons to be able to link directly from the brief result to the available content, or if you want them to open the full record and link from there. Your proxy and authentication settings can affect the success of your linking. You can set up additional links for things like ILLiad, Unpaywall, Reprints desk, etc. using General Electronic Services and other methods, and then determine when those links will display based on display logic. 

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Linking In

Primo VE works as your link resolver as well as your discovery system. When you set up your Alma/Primo link resolver in external systems like stand-alone databases (e.g. CINAHL, JSTOR), WorldCat, or Google Scholar, the link will send OpenURL data to the link resolver services page. The system will then check to see if you own the item either physically or electronically, and if so, it will provide that information. If not, it will provide request links based on how you've set your linking up.

The system defaults to search by ISBN/ISSN and if that data isn't available, it will try to search by title, which can result in poor matching. The searching and transfer of data to request systems is only as good as the incoming data, and you may need to do additional set-up to deal with some of the known issues with bad incoming data.

Ex Libris Resources:


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