Linking to Other Databases

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Linking to Other Databases

Set up links to other databases to which your library subscribes.  Linking to another resource will allow you to pass your Credo Reference search term directly through to the results page of another database.  These links can be found on Search Results Pages, Entry Pages, and Topic Pages.

**The URLs required to pass a search term to your other databases are URLs that execute a search, rather than the simple URL you might use to link to a database.  For a list of hundreds of database URLs that you can use to “Link to other databases”, please contact: support@credoreference.com **

Tip: To edit an existing link, double-click on the line you’d like to edit in order to expand the row. Once it’s expanded, you’ll be able to edit the Display Text, Link Destination, and “Where” values. You can double-click on an expanded row to minimize it again once you’re done editing, and click “save”.

  1. Display Text:    This is the text your users will see on your Credo Reference interface.   Type “JSTOR” for JSTOR, or ‘Example University Catalog’ for your Library Catalog.
  2. Search Results:  An ‘X’ in this column means the database listed on the left will be included in the left rail menu under “Related Resources” (see Image A above).
  3. Entries:  This column will tell you which subject each database is set to appear under on Entry Pages (Image B) and Topic Pages (Image C).  Choosing a subject will allow you to determine which databases display on each Topic/entry.  For example, setting a Medical Database to “Medicine” and “Science” will allow that database to display on Medical and Science related Topics/entries, but not on a literature Topic.
  4. To Remove a Resource:  Click the red X in the database row to remove that database from your Credo Reference account. (The X will only show when the row is in minimized view.)

Tip: If you make a mistake, just refresh the page without saving to cancel the change.

Adding New Links:

In the grey box named “New”

  1. Display text: Type the text you’d like your users to see on the platform
  2. Link Destination: Enter the search query URL for the database (see note about Search URLs above).
  3. Where: Place a check in the box On Search Results if you’d like this database to appear on the search results page (Image A).  Click the link On Entries, and you will see a box open with a list of subjects. If you want the database to appear on all entries and Topic Pages, click “All Entries.” If you want to limit where the resources show up, check the boxes next to the appropriate subjects.
  4. Click Save

Editing Current Links:

  1. Double Click the name of the database you’d like to edit.  This will expand the row.
  2. Edit display text, link, or “Where” parameters (described above) and click save.

 

 

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