We are recommending that all links to books, journals, and databases be reviewed because:
The libguides link checker can be used to identify and fix broken links.
Instructions from SpringShare for using the LibGuides Link Checker can be found here: https://ask.springshare.com/libguides/faq/771
However, there are a few extra things to keep in mind when using the Link Checker:
Alternatively, you can review your links in Libguides > Content > Assets
Instructions from SpringShare for adding, reusing, and editing link assets can be found here: https://ask.springshare.com/libguides/faq/936
Advantages to using assets to review links include:
When the library catalog migrated from Voyager to Alma/Primo, links to the catalog records for titles and searches were broken.
These broken links can be located by searching by URL in Assets. These links take a few different forms
To update the link to the library's current catalog
Links to the old Georgia College Library website no longer work.
It's likely that any link to a resource that begins with library.gcsu.edu or gcsu.edu/library will be broken, whether or not it appears on the Link Checker list.
To locate these potentially broken links, filter the Assets list by these URLS
If the resource can be located elsewhere, update the URL
In order for a link to a library purchased ebook, ejournal, article, or other library resource to work for off-campus users, it will need to be authenticated.
There are several different ways this has been done. As we are moving to OpenAthens, I would strongly suggest that links be checked and updated to these best practices. Once we move to OpenAthens, these links should continue to work for a while. However, it is likely that we will need to revisit them in the future.
Scenario One: Proxy prefix has been pre-pended onto the link for the ebook, ejournal, etc.
Scenario Two: Link to ebook has been created without the proxy prefix
Scenario Three: Other proxied link formats
Note: for database links, the GALILEO express link, if available, should be used
Over the years, databases have been added and removed. Links persist in libguides to databases to which we no longer have access.
Hidden databases will not show up in the public view of your libguide, but you may want to remove it, revise libguide text, or select another comparable database to take its place