A few months ago the library engaged the services of a link resolver. No, it's not that we had to hire an outside person to help us with work-related interpersonal problems. Much better! A link resolver is a software protocol that establishes a link between a bibliographic citation, typically a journal or newspaper article, and the full text of the article from another source, typically a different database that contains full text content. In most cases the link resolver places a button next to the citation. Clicking the button takes the researcher to an intermediate screen which indicates whether the complete article is available online and, if so, another link to get there. Our link resolver is called "360 Link" and its button looks like this--
So, what's the big deal, you say? If I'm searching the ATLA database, I've always been able to go to the online text of the article if the "View Full Text" link is there. True, but the 360 Link gives you the potential capability of linking to the text of an article online even if it is not carried by the ATLA database, significantly extending your reach for getting to the content you are looking for from another database subscribed to by the library.
In concrete terms, perhaps you come across a citation to what looks to be a very helpful article in the New York Times while searching in the Academic Search Premier database. ASP does not provide full text access to the articles in the Times, BUT by clicking the 360 Link button you quickly see that there is a link to the article via another database we carry, ProQuest Newsstand Complete. One more click and the article itself is at your disposal.
Thus, when next you find yourself searching in one of the library's main databases, think about doing a 360. It's a small but powerful tool that can make getting your hands on the content you need that much easier and faster.