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“Click-Throughs”…Going the Extra Mile (or click) to Get an Article

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by Kent Millwood

A “Click-Through” is invisible to the average database user, but incredibly useful. A “Click-Through” is where a user finds a citation to an article in one database and “clicks through” to the full text article located either in another database or on the publisher’s website.


That’s a little like reaching into your freezer and pulling out a steak – from someone else’s freezer.


If both databases are provided by the same vendor, then the click-through is transparent. You won’t even know you’ve left the database in which you conducted the search.


If the article is in the database of another vendor, or on the publisher’s website, then the transaction may require one or more additional clicks, each one requiring a decision on the user’s part. It may also involve logging into the university’s proxy server.


Not all click-throughs lead to a database. Many of the library’s current periodical subscriptions come with free access to back issues via the publisher’s website. In some cases back issues are limited to five, ten or 15 years. In other cases, they go all the way back to volume one. This is an important fact that must be taken into consideration when evaluating current periodical subscriptions. Even if students are not using the current periodical, the subscription may be worthwhile if they are using the free back issues made available through the click-through process.


Click-throughs sometimes take the user to databases they might not otherwise use. For instance, about one fourth of the circulations in the New York Times Database are the result of click-throughs from other databases.


Ever since the creation of online information, the holy grail of libraries has been a single Google-like” search engine that can find all of the library’s resources. Much progress has happened this year with the introduction of EhIS (EBSCOhost Integrated Search), which currently searches 28 databases and soon will search twenty more. But that’s not all! It will also be adding - the Library Catalog!


In the meantime, the new Library Catalog has expanded its purview to include not only the library’s books, ebooks, and media, but also all EBSCO databases, Britannica Online, and current online newsfeeds, such as Google News and Greenville Online.


So now our databases search our library catalog and our library catalog searches our databases!


Everything is getting bigger and better!