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Peer Reviewed


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Journal/Book/Conference Title

The Serials Librarian

DOI of Published Version



Link resolvers, including Ex Libris’ SFX, use OpenURL to provide library patrons with context-sensitive links, such as the ability to move quickly from a citation in an abstracting and indexing database to the full text. In SFX, information for determining the appropriate links is maintained in the knowledge base, which contains details about a library’s electronic holdings and other information about electronic information resources. This article describes SFX functionality, what the service looks like from a patron’s point of view, and how it can be of particular assistance to a serials librarian.


link resolver, SFX, OpenURL, context-sensitive linking

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in The Serials Librarian, 47:1/2 (2004), pp. 129-138. DOI: 10.1300/J123v47n01_09


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