Deep linking is the bookmarking and reuse of URLs that point directly to specific sections of a provider's site. Faculty, for example, can deep link to journal articles from their course web sites. Library staff can include deep links for EReserves. The potential uses are limitless. While deep linking has been possible on a limited basis for several years, the Harvard University Library Office for Information Systems (OIS) recently expanded the scope of its deep linking capabilities to include most HOLLIS portal resources.
Scope and limits
In addition, resources which do not assign persistent URLs to individual articles are ineligible for deep linking. Resources falling within this category include Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe as well as all the OVID resources. Deep linking is not possible with resources that include session identifiers in their URLs. Deep links to such resources will result in expired sessions and, ultimately, failed links. Beta-testing of deep linking revealed that the AccessUN resource is of this last typeand that there may be others. If you are not sure, OIS recommends that you build a link and check it with a browser on a different computer.
What about ProQuest?
Building article links
Adapted from an article in the OIS Newsletter (http://hul.harvard.edu/ois/news/hnl/issues/ 2001/08/#articlesdirect) for August 2001.