The Online Research Resources (ORR) is being retired in phases. The functionality it provides is now being offered through several other resources including Easy Search, the Library Catalog, and the Ex Libris SFX tools which includes the Discover Link Resolver and, more pertinent to this change, the Online Journals and Newspapers database
If you aren't certain which tool is best for you, try Easy Search first. The Library Catalog and SFX Online Journals and Newspapers are both Easy Search targets. You can search them both simultaneously through Easy Search.
A ceased title such as Transactions of the International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation is in SFX with a link to Elsevier ScienceDirect and a link to the continued by title. It is not in the ORR.
No new records added to the ORR with the exception of databases. The ORR interface remains available for searching, with links provided to the tools that are replacing it.
User attempting to link to an ORR search screen will be automatically (and invisibly) redirected to the appropriate alternative search tool. Links to item level records will (instid and resid links) will automatically (and invisibly) redirect to SFX. LInks to other ORR pages/searches will provide the user with a message that the ORR is no longer available, with suggested alternative resources.
|Screenshot||ORR Feature||Available Equivalents||Notes|
|All Resources Search|
|Article Indexes & Abstracts||Databases are currently being added to SFX. See release phases above.|
|Journals & Newspapers|
|Reference Tools||Reference Tools are currently being added to the catalog. See release phases above.|
|Electronic Books||Once an forthcoming SFX upgrade has been released to support it, e-books will be entered in SFX as well.|
|Subject Listings||You can create a link to a list of periodicals (but it won't include links to databases, like ABI Inform) in a subject area in SFX. See details below.|
The SFX knowledge base is considerably more robust than our locally created and maintained records in the ORR. Compare the SFX record for the journal Mathematical Systems Theory to the ORR record for Mathematical Systems Theory. At the present, the SFX AtoZ knowledgebase contains information that is either not in ORR, or is incorrect in ORR.
In SFX, there's a nice cross-reference in SFX to the continued Springer title and a link to the Springer Collection. There is no link to Springer in the ORR.
The ORR record for For the journal Geotechnique, states that online coverage begins in 2005. The SFX record for Geotechnique correctly shows online access back to 1948. ORR contains many incorrect dates of coverage, all of which have to be manually updated.
Many titles such as Bulletin de la societe mathematique de Belgique are only in SFX.
By far, the most common inbound links to the ORR from library web content are instid and resid links. These are the links that connect the user to a particular resource (and pass them through our proxy service if the user is connecting from off campus). These include links like instid (direct) Academic search premier or resid (record level) Academic search premier. Those links will continue to behave as they have in the past until the end of the Spring 2012 Semester. After that, these links will redirect to SFX, using information available in the (no longer updated) ORR Database. Here are examples of how the instid (direct) Academic search premier and resid (record level) Academic search premier links will behave post Spring 2012.
Here are some examples of linking to resources in the ORR and SFX
|1||Go to the SFX Online Journals and Databases and search for your resource|
|2||Follow the link to the platform you would like to link to.|
In the window that pops up, select and copy the URL from your browsers address bar. Use this URL to link to that resources. Users will find that one additional click is necessary to get to the resource, compared to ORR links.
|4||Optional: Use/Copy the "Record Link" at the bottom of the screen to (potentially) generate s shorter URL|
|1||Go to the SFX Online Journals and Newspapers|
|2||Click on the Category tab. Select a main category. Select either the "all subcategories" from the subcategory list, or one or more of the subcategories. Click "Go."|
Optional: click the "Switch to table view" link if you would prefer briefer entries for each item
|4||Copy the URL from your browsers address bar and use this to link to this subject listing|
|5||Optional: Use/Copy the "Record Link" at the bottom of the screen to (potentially) generate s shorter URL|
You can also link to the library catalog instead. You can generate these links by using Easy Search, using your subjects/keywords and then copying one of the "Databases List" options, or copy a link from the Database by Subject list.
Records are created for Journals, Databases, and E-Books in SFX as well as the Library Catalog. To access these resources, you can:
For example, pulling up the record for Academic Search Premiere constructs a very long URL:
But using the “Record Link” on the bottom of that page results in a much shorter, but functionally equivalent, link:
The Learn site has put together an excellent set of materials, Learn how to use SFX.