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Broken Link Repair

It's our responsibility to repair broken links, or remove them from the catalog display so that they don't confuse and frustrate users. Under LUIS, we ran a regular link checking program, and we hope to do so again under Aleph.  

Checking links is more an art than a science; here are some general procedures that may help.

  1. Open a session in the cataloging client and one in the Web catalog.

  2. Search the record that has been reported as having a broken link. See if the link now works.

    1. If the link now works as it appears, report that to the person who told you the link was broken. There may be a technical access problem that needs to be investigated.
    2. If you were redirected, replace the link with the working link.
  3. If there is an obvious problem (a space inserted in the middle of the link, the http:// part is malformed, etc.), fix that and try again. 

  4. If the link is for a database, go to the Database Locator or do a Web search to see whether you can locate a better link than the one we have.

  5. If the link is still broken, try "backing up" the URL to find the item. Do this by starting at the "root" of the URL. (The root of the URL is the portion up to and including the first forward slash; the root of this page's URL is

  6. On that higher level page, look for a link to the title, or a more general link, such as "Publications." 

  7. If you find a general link, click on that and look for a specific link to the title. For electronic journals, stop at the most specific level that leads to all the issues of a journal.

  8. To add a repaired or new link, copy that link from the address window of your browser, and paste it into Aleph. If you had to use a link for a general page, add any directions you think people will need to find the specific resource in a |z. For example:  856/1:0 : |z UF students, staff, and faculty may download full-text for free; |z Search using author's name upon connection |u 

  9. Switch to the Web catalog session. Search the title, and try the link. Make sure the link works correctly, and that it leads to the page you intended.

In some cases, you will not find a working link. In that case, follow the instructions for withdrawing electronic resources.


Broken Links Repair

Broken Link Repair

Broken Link Repair

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