Make your course reading list more accessible by linking to articles available in the McCain Library databases. Use the quick tips in this post to get started or check out the Creating Online Reading Lists guide for more advice.
Easiest Method for Linking
Proquest and EBSCOHost are two of main companies the McCain Library works with to provide access to journal content and both make linking to articles extremely easy. Using any Proquest or EBSCOHost database all you need to look for is a document url or persistent link in the article record. The campus proxy server information is already in the URL.
Linking to Content in Other Databases
Many other databases provided by the McCain Library also provide permanent URLs, persistent links, and digital object identifiers (DOI), but since these URLs do not provide the proxy information in the URL you need to add it. If you find a URL in the article record that does not have the following text in the URL, add it to the beginning of the URL (without any spaces):
JSTOR Record Example:
Using the stable URL in the journal record below, the new link will be:
Agnes Scott College’s McCain Library debuted its Text the Library service today during daytime business hours. We believe that McCain is the first library in Georgia offering patrons the option of sending a library question via text messaging. Since we aim to meet the needs of students and faculty wherever they use the library’s resources, it seemed like a logical expansion of services with minimal investment. Using Mosio over the Internet, McCain librarians receive and answer texted questions in the same window in which they monitor incoming Meebo IMs, so there is still only one software to watch, along with helping patrons in person at the Reference Desk.
Fuller hours for the texting service will start in January for spring semester. Any texted messages received when librarians are not staffing the Reference Desk will go to the library’s email account for follow up as soon as possible.
The library doesn’t charge to answer, but ASCers without unlimited texting plans on their cell phones may incur standard text messaging fees. For patron privacy, a sender’s phone number is not seen on the library end, but abusive numbers may be blocked, if necessary.
Students encouraged the library to experiment with the idea, so here’s how:
Text to 66746
Type MCCAIN and then your question
MCCAIN Which library research databases index scholarly psychology journals?
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