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    Summon: Index-Enhanced Direct Linking to Provider Content

    • Product: Summon

    How does Summon link users directly to provider content?

    This page is part of a larger set of documentation about using linking to results in Summon.

    The Summon service includes Index-Enhanced Direct Linking (IEDL) to make the end-to-end discovery-to-delivery experience more reliable and rewarding for end users.
    IEDL provides users with highly reliable linking to content. IEDL technology uses provider-specific data elements to dynamically create links. These uniquely tailored links provide direct, unmediated access to content on a wide variety of providers and platforms. This technology avoids the metadata mismatches between referring source and target platform that often impede linking via OpenURL.
    IEDL linking is supported for more than a half-billion articles and a myriad of other content types. Integrated with Serials Solutions' 360 KB knowledgebase, IEDL provides full-text links uniquely tailored to each library's collection. With metadata and full-text content from multiple providers brought together in a single record through Serials Solutions' match-and-merge technology, IEDL may provide multiple links to different sources depending on a library's holdings, and the library is able to customize link prioritization.
    In sum, IEDL enables users to click-through directly to full text with a higher rate of reliability than with OpenURL.
    More than half of the items in Summon are IEDL linkable, including journal articles, e-books, digital collections and other content. Serials Solutions is adding IEDL support for additional content platforms and providers on a monthly basis. OpenURL is still used by Summon for materials from providers that don't provide direct full-text linking.
    For more information, see the following resources:

    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 21-Feb-2014
    • Old Article Number: 8795