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Enhanced EBSCO Linking for LibKey

Advanced Linking to EBSCOhost Content

LibKey now provides the ability to provide best-in-class linking from hundreds of supported publishers to content on the EBSCOhost platform. While LibKey has always linked to EBSCOhost, this enhancement provides three significant advantages:

  1. Direct to PDF Linking – Previously, links to EBSCOhost typically resulted in landing on the article detail page, but now links from LibKey will land the user directly on the PDF viewer on the EBSCOhost platform providing a single click to content experience consistent with PDF linking LibKey provides to hundreds of other publishers.
  2. Identifier Based Linking – Previously, links to EBSCOhost were performed using traditional openURL linking. While often reliable, OpenURL can suffer in linking accuracy due to incorrect/insufficient data between the source and the host platforms sometimes leading to the wrong article, multiple article results or outright failures. By moving to an identifier based linking scheme, LibKey can offer highly accurate linking to EBSCOhost, just as we do for publisher platforms.
  3. Entitlements Confirmation – Due to the nature of aggregation content may not be immediately available when the publisher releases it and these availability times can vary. To prevent user confusion and frustration LibKey will automatically confirm the availability of content on EBSCOhost before presenting a link to the user!

To have this new functionality added to LibKey, please provide your EBSCOhost account access details below.