Some older reading lists may contain article links such as:
Any link which contains “openurl.ac.uk” will no longer work, this is due to the closure of this service provided by ‘JISC’ (UK educational technology agency).
Unfortunately this issue has affected many universities around the UK and overseas.
If you encounter an openurl link in your reading list, please attempt to access the article using an alternative option such as –
- Use DISCOVER to search by article title (see ‘Search by title’ checkbox) at http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes
- Use other options on the E-Journals page (http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes/ejournals) e.g. – ‘Go to an article’ (using publication details), Search by DOI (article number).
- Search for the article using a major journal platform such as SCOPUS or Web of Science (see links at http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes)
- Use Scholar to search for open access versions or content in university research archives (see Scholar links/ search boxes, e.g. on http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes).
- If you are trying to view an entire journal to browse volumes/issues, you can see the A-Z of journals link or Library Catalogue link at http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes or see other options to look up a journal by name on the E-Journals page.
If you encounter a broken link and would like to report this, please notify your module tutor of the link citation (e.g. reference/publication details), module name/ID and location of the reading list, e.g. Week 1, Week 2, alternatively you can pass this to the Librarian for Online Programmes.
Advice for Staff
If you are a programme/module developer, for any queries on creating links to articles, please see the Link Builder page and guidance or consult the Librarian for Online Programmes http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes/contacts For any campus-managed programme please consider implementing all reading lists using the Reading Lists @ Liverpool platform for management of links to resources, please contact the online Librarian (see above) for advice on your programme area.
you can also see a link conversion tool on the Link Builder page:
This may be useful for either replacing problem links in readings or incidentally providing a fixed/converted link to a student reporting issues.
You can convert any older link formats to supported formats, such as:
- Links containing the old proxy ‘ezproxy.liv.ac.uk’
- Old sfxhosted links
- ac.uk links which no longer work
- Any variants of the above such as database links, article links, catalogue links etc.
Please let me know if you encounter any issues using the tool, or if I can assist for any wider problems arising from the recent deprecation of openurl.ac.uk links.
Please feel free to pass the above onto any support or development staff who might find this useful.
Note for campus/school staff – as mentioned previously, any new programmes moving forward should be implementing the campus Reading Lists platform, which has facilities to automate and avoid broken links.