This section applies only to Primo. For information on how to configure related records in Primo VE and Alma-Summon environments, see Configuring Related Record Services for Primo VE
Related records indicate to the OpenURL link resolver that, when a user receives a certain record in the search results, another record should also be returned as related. The MARC linking entries (MARC fields 76X-78X) are used to link bibliographic records and to differentiate their relationships to users. For electronic services, the configuration of related records are useful for the following reasons:
- Articles sought by users may be available only in related versions of the journal.
- Metadata in the OpenURL can be for one publication, but in fact, a related journal by another name is what the end user sought.
- Vendors may list previous or newer versions in their holdings causing inconsistencies in the Community Zone. For example, the journal Civil Engineering Systems is now named Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems.
In the following example, View It displays the available services for the discovered record and the host record:
Related Records as Shown in View It
A close relation indicates that the two records should be considered identically useful in the search results. If the record requested in the OpenURL has close relations (MARC 773 and 774) with another record, electronic services for the related record are included in View It, with no indication that these services are for the related record. To the user, it seems as if these services are for the record sent in the OpenURL. Since the relation type is very close, it can be considered equivalent; and as far as the user is concerned, no distinction needs to be made. Other types of relations are considered remote and are listed under the Services for Related Titles section in View It.
To configure close relations to appear in the same section as the related titles in View It, see the Display closely related record services option in Enabling the Display of Related Records in Primo.