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Link resolver

Recorded demonstration
Description of recording

Preview the interface
  Recorded Dec 2013, 54 minutes

The OCLC link resolver is included in OCLC services* to maximize user access to full-text collections through exposure of your WorldCat knowledge base holdings.


  1. A cataloging subscription and access to WorldShare Collection Manager (included in your subscription)
  2. A subscription to one of the following: WorldShare Management Services, WorldCat Discovery, or License Manager**
  3. The addition of collection metadata to your WorldCat knowledge base via Collection Manager. The metadata in the WorldCat knowledge base enables inbound and outbound OpenURL linking and A-Z title lists in WorldCat Discovery. This site focuses on inbound link resolution and A-Z lists.


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. The interface also supports searching of full or partial article citations, and DOI / PMID queries. Other features include:

  • OpenURL link resolution supporting both OpenURL 1.0 and 0.1 protocols
  • Three-tier A-Z browsing for journal titles, collections, and partial support for A-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

Features coming soon:

  • A-Z lists for Audio and Visual materials held in the knowledge baseEnhanced integration with WorldCat
  • Enhanced integration with WorldCat Discovery/the Discovery interface and with OCLC WorldShare License Manager**

*WorldCat Discovery, WorldShare License Manager and WorldShare Management Services. Find product support pages. Find product overviews.
**License Manager is OCLC’s electronic resource manager powered by data in the WorldCat knowledge base. It provides a central location for managing the license terms and vendor contact information required for management of electronic resources. It includes a globally-maintained vendor information center and templates for global management of public and shared licensing terms.

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Activation of OCLC’s link resolver first requires a subscription to WorldShare Management Services, WorldCat Discovery, or License Manager. Further, the link resolver functionally requires that you have added collection metadata to your WorldCat knowledge base via WorldShare Collection Manager (included in your cataloging subscription).

See the Collection Manager support page for the request form and for instructions on adding collections to your knowledge base.

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 Collection Manager account.

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

  • Log in to OCLC Service Configuration:
  • Navigate to Inbound Links and A-Z and select Full Text OpenURL Resolvers (incoming requests)
  • Copy your Base URL Version 2. This is the link URL for your A-Z list. An example URL is:
  • Last, navigate to My then User Interface Options
    • In the Custom Links section, paste your A-Z list link in the URL box for a Custom link
    • Select "other" as the link type
    • Specify the link text in the Display text field (for example, "A-Z list for E-journals")

Notes: IP address recognition is configurable. Settings are in the IP Addresses module. If relevant, add a resource sharing request button so patrons can submit ILL requests using your OpenURL resolver. See the module.

Tips on giving your base URL to other providers

  • Documentation on exporting knowledge base collections to Google Scholar is available
  • After you have collections in your knowledge base, your A to Z list URL will be similar to: http://[your-library]
  • However, the base URL you need for third party providers is that shown in OCLC Service Configuration, the URL that ends with /link

How to surface print

(see UNB for an example to write this)

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