link resolver

Link Resolver Tips: EBSCOhost

Are you an avid searcher of CINAHL, Academic Search Complete, PsycInfo, or any of the other EBSCOhost databases available from the Library? Did you know the WebBridge Link Resolver that lets you check the availability of an article from a citation is also available in all of the EBSCOhost databases?

The “Check Full Text” icon is displayed in two places when using any EBSCOhost database. One is with the list of citations you see after you’ve performed a search or are browsing a publication:

The second place you will see the link resolver icon is when you’re viewing the abstract or summary of an article:

Whenever you click the “Check Full Text” icon, a new tab or window will open showing options where you can get the article (electronically or in the Library’s print collection). If the journal is not available through any of the Library’s subscriptions or other sources, a link will be provided that gives you the option to request the article through the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system.

More information and tips are available on the WebBridge Link Resolver LibGuides page.

Link Resolver Tips: RefWorks

The WebBridge Link Resolver makes it easy to export citation information to your RefWorks account along with pointing you in the direction of the article you need. Whenever you click on the “Check Full Text” icon in PubMed, ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source, Scopus, Web of Science, or any of the EBSCOhost databases (CINAHL, Academic Search Complete, etc.), the new window/tab that opens showing any available sources for that article will always have a link to help you export the citation information to RefWorks:

When you click on the link you’ll be asked to provide your RefWorks Login Name and Password. Once you’ve logged in, you will see a screen confirming the citation was imported successfully.

The link resolver/RefWorks connection is not a one-way street, though. When you’re working with your RefWorks bibliographies, you will see the “Check Full Text” icon with all citations:

Clicking this icon gives you the same ability to check for any available sources for that citation as it does in other databases. However, this process relies upon the completeness and accuracy of the citation in your bibliography and sometimes incomplete citations cause an available source to not display. If this happens, remember you can always check the Library’s catalog or the Electronic Journals List. As a safeguard, interlibrary loan will not display as an option when using the link resolver from RefWorks, but you can always request a resource the Library does not own by using the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan service.

Do you need more information about RefWorks or would like to sign up for an account? This page can help and it also has a link to upcoming RefWorks classes. You can also find tips and information about the link resolver on the WebBridge Link Resolver LibGuides page.

Link Resolver Tips: My NCBI

One way to see the WebBridge Link Resolver icons in PubMed is to follow the special link, but did you know you can also have the icons display when signed in to your My NCBI account? If you have a My NCBI account to use with PubMed and the other NCBI databases, all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  • When logged in to your My NCBI account, click “NCBI Site Preferences:”

  • Then look for “PubMed Preferences” and click on the link for “Outside Tool:”

  • Scroll down the list and select the radio button for “LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Libraries:”

  • Click “Save” and then you’re done! You’ll now be able to see the WebBridge Link Resolver icons whenever you’re signed in to your My NCBI account regardless of which link you may have used to access PubMed.

Don’t have a My NCBI account? It’s free and allows you to create e-mail alerts, save your searches, and customize numerous other settings to enhance your PubMed and NCBI database search experience. You can register for an account at

For even more tibits about the WebBridge Link Resolver, please refer to the LSUHSC Library LibGuides page with hints and basic info about the service.

Link Resolver Tips: Prepub Articles

In order to keep up with the fast-paced world of scholarly research, many electronic journals make available articles that have been accepted for publication but do not yet have a volume, issue, or page number assigned. These prepublication articles are also indexed in PubMed with the designation “Epub ahead of print:”

The WebBridge Link Resolver, however, needs complete citation information in order to get you to the full-text of an article, so these prepub or Epub ahead of print articles require different handling in order for the linking to work correctly. As a result, when you click the “Check Full Text” icon in a citation, you may see an additional link that will help you get the full-text of these prepub articles:

These alternate links will not display for every citation, but they can be used if the first link for a source does not work.

If you run into troubles with not only the prepub articles or anything else involving the WebBridge Link Resolver, you can refer to the LibGuides link resolver help page. A handout with a basic guide to how to navigate the link resolver is also available.

Link Resolver Tips: Interlibrary Loan

Looking for an article but the Library doesn’t have a subscription to the journal? We are able to request articles (and books) held by other libraries through the help of the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system. But did you know the WebBridge Link Resolver has made requesting these items much, much easier, even going so far as to fill out the interlibrary loan request form for you?

When you follow the “Check Full Text” link from PubMed, ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source, Scopus, Web of Science, or any EBSCOhost database, you will be presented the opportunity to request the article through Interlibrary Loan if no available electronic or print version is found in our collection:

When you click on the link you will be asked to provide the username and password for your ILLiad account:

Once logged in, the information from the citation will be entered into the ILLiad request form:

Be sure to review the form and once you click the “Submit Request” button, your request will be on its way for processing by our Interlibrary Loan staff!

Please note if you are creating a new ILLiad account when following the link from the WebBridge Link Resolver, you will need to click the “No available full text found; request this article through LSUHSC ILLiad Interlibrary Loan” link again in order to have the citation information transfer to the article request page.

Please refer to the ILLiad help page for more information about requesting materials through Interlibrary Loan, including how to create an account and other important points about this service. Basic information about the link resolver is available through the Link Resolver LibGuides page, a handout with a brief explanation of how to use the feature, and the LSUHSC-NO Libraries News post when the service was launched.

Link Resolver Tips: PubMed

Hopefully you’ve found our new WebBridge Link Resolver to be of great use. If you use PubMed, here are a few things you may want to keep in mind when using our new service:

  • If you’ve previously used the Library’s LinkOut feature, which is a bit different from this new link resolver, you will want to clear your browser’s history and cookies.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to remove publisher-specific icons from displaying with the citations. This is sometimes a problem when you attempt to get articles off-campus as those publisher icons do not send you through the proper channels in order to sign in to our system and confirm your ability to access our subscriptions. To remove all doubt, always look for and click this icon to link you to our subscriptions: .

If you need more information, please check out this post announcing the service’s launch. Also, there is a LibGuides page dedicated to tips and tricks for using the link resolver.

Link Resolver Now Available!

When searching PubMed, CINAHL, or any other database, have you ever wished there was a better way to get from the citation to the article you want without having to look here and there to find it? We’re happy to report today we’re releasing the Library’s WebBridge Link Resolver that will give you the opportunity to check for the available full-text or print version of an article right there at the citation.

The key to this new feature is this icon: Look for it in all EBSCOhost databases (Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, etc.), ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source, PubMed, RefWorks, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, and Web of Science. When you click on the icon a new tab or window will open with available resources for the citation:

If there are no full-text or print resources available for a resource, you will be able to request the article, book, or chapter through the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system. Additionally, off-campus access requires a Library barcode and PIN.

The link resolver also lets us provide better access to our subscriptions and various other resources we have access to, and searchers of PubMed will benefit the most. The LinkOut feature in PubMed covered some but not all of our subscriptions, and those limitations are removed with the link resolver. To use this new feature when searching PubMed, you will need to follow one of these links (and be sure to update your PubMed bookmarks as well!):

As with many things electronic these days, there are some caveats to keep in mind when using the link resolver. A tremendous amount of information is passed between websites and systems to not only display available sources for a citation but also to get you to that source. Consequently, there are occasionally hiccups along the way due to misinterpretation of information or incorrect bits of data passed from one site to another. If you encounter any troubles with any citation, there is a link at the bottom of the page displaying sources for each citation that will allow you to contact someone from the Library for help.

If you need additional information about the WebBridge Link Resolver, you can refer to this handout. You can also view the online help file available on the Library’s other new resource, LibGuides, on the Link Resolver Help page.