A question came up at the Gale workshops about citation and bookmark links that do not work when a user clicks on them. All of the statewide licensed electronic resources, including Gale, the Globe from ProQuest and Britannica have features to create a citation or a bookmark to link back to an article for future reference.
However, these vendor-generated citation and bookmark links, by themselves, do not take geolocation into account, the authentication method used for statewide products for all Massachusetts Library System member libraries that makes links work correctly with minimal identification by the user. (The only exceptions are mainly academic libraries that have their own authentication servers.) When a citation or bookmark link that does not contain proper authentication information, the user will be prompted for a user name and password, neither of which are used or necessary for access to any of the statewide licensed databases. Note, this is DIFFERENT from a geolocation failure, which results in a prompt for a library card number. A library may employ a user name and password authentication scheme for access to locally licensed resources.
Thus, to use bookmark and citation features in the various vendor products, assuming that your website has the correct geolocation links set up, here are the steps that you can instruct your users to take:
1. Direct your students to log into any of the Gale databases from your library database page as if they were going to do a search. They can click on any of the individual Gale databases or the link for the whole suite:
Examples: insert the PowerSearch or InfoTrac icons if you want to link to the entire Gale Suite and hyperlink it to: http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=gale&locid=PUT YOUR LOCATION HERE
insert the General OneFile icon of you want to link to General OneFile and hyperlink it to: http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=ITOF&locid=PUT YOUR LOCATION HERE
2. Click on citation or bookmark link to article to open.
(Note: It is recommended that you use a product logo or a product name, and hyperlink one of these to the actual URL to access the product that includes your location ID for your library. Additional Gale Product icons)
1.Direct your students to log into the Boston Globe link a from your library database page as if they were going to do a search: http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=Proquest_Globe&locid=PUT YOUR LOCATION ID HERE
Example: insert the words Boston Globe 1980+ and hyperlink it to:
http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=Proquest_Globe&locid=PUT YOUR LOCATION ID HERE
2. Click on citation or bookmark link to article that you wish to open.
The directions for accessing a Britannica citation URL are different from those for Gale and ProQuest.
1. Open the web page or document/bibliography that has the citation. Copy the citation link.
2. Direct your students to log into any of the Britannica statewide databases from your library database page as if they were going to do a search, such as http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=eb_school&locid=PUT YOUR LOCATION ID HERE (this example is for the Britannica School Library Edition)
Example: insert the Britannica icon that you want to use and hyperlink it to: http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=eb_school&locid=PUT YOUR LOCATION ID HERE
3. Paste the citation link into the browser and hit enter.
(Note: Additional Britannica logos)
This post was written by mheroux on January 29, 2013