How to add LibKey Link to several popular databases


LibKey Link can be used anywhere you are currently using your Link Resolver to connect users from results in a database to the full text collections of your library.  This guide below is designed to save you time by pointing out the method to update your link resolver base URL in several popular services you may be using already at your library.

In all examples below you will want to have your LibKey Link fully configured first by filling out this form.  Once configured and tested, the Third Iron Ops team will get back to you with your LibKey Link for all databases.  This link will appear in two forms:

LibKey Link OpenURL format (for all databases except for PubMed):{LibraryID}/openurl
And a PubMed specific link syntax:
***IMPORTANT*** = In filling out the above LibKey Link configuration form (or the initial Trial Request Form), if prompted, you must have completed the PubMed linking information for the below to work. If incomplete, Third Iron Support presumes you do not intend to use this variant of the LibKey syntax.{LibraryID}/pmid/

Library Branding or LibKey Branding?

Most libraries will likely choose to continue to use a custom graphic designed by your library that users are familiar with in databases that allow for a custom logo for your link resolver link.  However, some libraries who may not have custom logo - or who just like ours! - are welcome to hotlink our button in either 

a regular size:

or a slightly smaller size:

Google Scholar is most popularly populated by your link resolver vendor.  Here are instructions on how to update this in many popular systems.  Because Google Scholar refreshes itself only periodically, please allow 7-10 days for changes you make to be reflected in Google Scholar.  

Per these linked instructions, this is handled via a Publishing Profile.  A configurable element in this process is the “OpenURL base” which is where your LibKey Link will be placed.

Changing the base URL for Google Scholar is done via Ex Libris Customer service.  Please follow the instructions on how to make this request via this SFX Support Article.  

360 Link
Follow the instructions in this guide to navigate to the registration form and provide your new LibKey Link base URL.

Email EBSCO customer support to request they update the URL used in Google Scholar for your institution.

TDNET / OVID Discovery
Contact TDNet Support for assistance to inquire about options to use LibKey Link in Google Scholar via their support page here.

Update the Base URL in the Google Scholar settings tab as shown in this guide.

OVID Link Solver
Email OVID Support for assistance in setting up your LibKey Link for use in Google Scholar at

Modifying the link resolver settings for Elsevier products including Science Direct, Engineering Village, EMBASE and Scopus are done through the Elsevier Admin tool.  As an example for Scopus, once logged in, navigate to the Scopus options to edit the link resolver:

From the list of Link Resolvers, choose the option called OpenURL Standard locally developed link resolver or OpenURL-OpenResolver-Standard.

At the resulting page to edit this configuration, add your new LibKey Link URL as shown:

There are additional options on this page to name the link as you would like, add an image and more.

Finally, be sure to switch the new resolver to sort order #1 so that it displays properly in the Scopus interface.

NOTE: Scopus can take up to 24 hours for any updates to be reflected when you make a link resolver change and ScienceDirect can take up to 14 *days*.

Most other products from Elsevier including Clinical Key, Engineering Village and EMBASE require that a library reach out to the appropriate support desk to make a change.  Here is a complete directory of all Elsevier support desks:

 Per their support page you can view here, setting up openURL linking in Web of Science is done via an email to their support desk.   The email address to contact is

In PubMed your Link Resolver is configured using the LinkOut Library Submission Utility.  Login with your institutional account and edit your Outside Tool Base URL there.

Remember to use the PubMed-Specific LibKey Link which has a syntax like this:{LibraryID}/pmid/

You can add a LibKey Link to your EBSCOhost databases by using the CustomLinks Feature.  EBSCO has created a template CustomLink specifically for LibKey Link to make it easy to get things setup.  However, there are several different options to consider in your implementation so we have added a specific guide for EBSCOhost here:

You can add a LibKey Link to your ProQuest databases by simply adding a new custom link  in the ProQuest Admin.  On the create custom link screen, give the link a name so you can select it as being "on" easily and customize the values provided.  Make sure to click the "Enable this custom link" at the top of the screen.

In the URL box, use this template but substitute your own Third Iron Library ID Number:{Third Iron Library ID}/openurl?genre=<GENRE>&au=<AUTHOR>&aulast=<AULAST>&issn=<ISSN>&isbn=<ISBN>&title=<TITLE>&jtitle=<JTITLE>&pubname=<PUBNAME>&btitle=<BTITLE>&atitle=<ATITLE>&volume=<VOLUME>&issue=<ISSUE>&spage=<SPAGE>&date=<DATE>&doi=<DOI>&sid=ProQuest
As you can see you can then create a graphic and Text Icon.

We recommend simply using your normal library/link resolver branding and then turning off that link resolver so only one link is present to users in the ProQuest interface. Remember that if LibKey cannot assist it will automatically forward back to your existing link resolver.

1) Log into the Links Admin tool and select group.

2) Select from the drop down list "All Link Types" External Link Resolver OR in the Find Link Target box type LibKey and click Go button.

3) Click the Copy Within Group icon to copy the target, LibKey Link COPY EXAMPLE.

4) Revise the Link Target Name under the GENERAL SETTINGS tab and click the Save Changes button.

5) Under SITE DETAILS tab, click the hotlinked Link URL Template.

6) Revise the baseline URL -[Third_Iron_Library_ID]/openurl? by replacing the [Third_Iron_Library_ID] with the customer's Third Iron Library ID number to create the custom URL.

7) Click Save Changes button.

8) Select the Browse Link Targets link.

9) Activate your new link target.

10) Click the Logoff link and log out of the Links Admin tool.

11) Test your new target.

Talis Aspire links to full text content held by the library using a standard openURL based linked resolver.  Simply contact Talis support to utilize your LibKey Link in place of your link resolver.

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