Tutt Link FAQ
What is Tutt Link?
Tutt Link will help you find the full text of an article when a library database only has the citation. It will find links to the full text online, or suggest other options, such as the print journal collection at Tutt Library or obtaining the article through interlibrary loan.
Why would I use Tutt Link?
Some library databases, like JSTOR or LexisNexis, have the full text of almost every article in the database. But other times, the database will just have a citation with the author, article title, journal title, date, and so on.
In those cases, you will see a link to Tutt Link. Most of the time it looks like this , but sometimes it will be just the words “Tutt Link, Search for Full Text.” You would click on the image or link to see what options you have for getting the full text.
How do I go from Tutt Link to the full text online?
Here is an example:
While searching the database Art & Architecture Complete , you come across an interesting article on the artist Man Ray. There is no direct link to the full text of the article so you click the , and get a pop-up window that looks like this:
At the top of the window is the full citation for the article, and right below that are two links to online full text: one from the database “Chadwyck PAO” and the other from JSTOR. Either of those links should take you immediately to a full text version of the article.
In this case, we also subscribe to the journal in print, and the third link on the page is to the TIGER catalog if you’d like to investigate the print journal.
What if there is not full text online?
Here is what it looks like when your options are more limited:
In this case, there is no online full text available, and Tutt Link tells you that up front.
Tutt Link will always advise you to check the TIGER catalog; in this case, we don’t subscribe to the journal. Your most likely option for getting the full article is to place an Interlibrary Loan request via the ILLiad system.
On all Tutt Link menus, you can click on “More Options” to see the additional functions shown here. The last links labeled “This journal is indexed” show other places to find citations for that journal, but not the full text—it’s mostly used by reference librarians.
Does Tutt Link work for books and other things or just articles?
Some databases have citations for books and book chapters as well as articles. Tutt Link will give you appropriate links for finding books, too, though the emphasis is on finding a copy in the library, not online full text. Here is an example:
This is the menu for finding a book. The links here are to check the TIGER catalog and then, if the book isn’t available at CC, the Colorado-wide Prospector catalog. Tutt Link won’t know in advance if we have the book; you’ll have to click the link to find out.
What technology are you using to do this?
SFX is one example of a “link resolver.” Link resolvers depend on OpenURL to create the links between databases and websites.
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