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Link resolver

The OCLC link resolver is included with various OCLC services. It works to increase access to full-text collections through exposure of your WorldCat knowledge base holdings (holdings you add via the Collection Manager application).

Recorded demonstrationPreview the link resolver
Dec 2013, 54 minutes, Description

Use of the link resolver requires that you have:

  • A cataloging subscription and a WorldShare Collection Manager account.
  • A subscription to one of the following: WorldShare Management Services, WorldCat Discovery, or to License Manager.
  • Collection metadata in your WorldCat knowledge base (that you added via Collection Manager).
    Note that your use of the knowledge base enables inbound and outbound OpenURL linking and A to Z title lists in WorldCat Discovery. This page focuses on inbound link resolution and A to Z lists.

Expand - Features and other details

The link resolver features a next-generation interface that is responsive to desktop browsers, mobile devices, and tablets. Configuration options for the interface include customizable color schemes, library links, and banner images. Other features include:

  • Full or partial article citations, and DOI / PMID queries.
  • OpenURL link resolution supporting both OpenURL 1.0 and 0.1 protocols.
  • Three-tier A to Z browsing for journal titles, collections, and partial support for A to Z browsing of eBooks.
  • A configurable interface allowing you to set defaults and show or hide features relative to your patron needs.
  • Integration with OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, and OpenURL 1.0-compatible resource sharing services.
  • Chat widget integration for OCLC’s QuestionPoint and those from other providers
  • Citation export to popular citation engines such as RefWorks, EasyBib, EndNote and ReferenceManager.
  • A reporting feature allowing users to let OCLC know if they discover a faulty link.

Getting started

Every WorldCat Discovery library has a patron-facing page that makes it possible to search just the titles you've represented in your knowledge base via Collection Manager.

How to create a link to your institution's A to Z list in the WorldCat Discovery interface

  1. Log in to OCLC Service Configuration:
  2. Navigate to Inbound Links and A-Z and select Full Text OpenURL Resolvers (incoming requests).
  3. Navigate to My and select User Interface Options.
    In the "Custom Links" section:
    • In the "Link type" field, select other.
    • In the "URL" field, paste your A to Z list link.
    • In the "Display text" field, type the text you would like to display (for example, "A to Z list" or "E-Journals").

Note: IP address recognition is configurable in OCLC Service Configuration. Find settings in the "IP Addresses" module. You can add a resource sharing request button so patrons can submit ILL requests using your OpenURL resolver. Find settings in the "" module.

Tips on giving your base URL to other providers

  • After you have collections in your knowledge base, your A to Z list URL will be similar to:

  • The base URL you need to give to third party providers is your A to Z URL with and added /link

    See your A to Z link OCLC Service Configuration. Navigate to Inbound Links and A-Z, Full Text OpenURL Resolvers (incoming requests).

  • See documentation on exporting knowledge base collections to Google Scholar

How to include print serials in your A to Z list

If you would like to include print serials in your A to Z list, you will need to add the collection to your knowledge base via using the "Create a Collection" button in the interface.

  1. Follow the instructions to Create a new WorldCat knowledge base collection.
  2. Enable the WorldCat Discovery, Coverage setting in Collection Manager, Settings.

Please contact OCLC Support if you need help.