Autolink PMID LibApp


The LibX Core Package comes with a LibX Core Autolinking LibApp that will find the PMID of an item on a page and prepare a catalog search for the PMID and then creates a link to that item’s search page.  The LibApp also displays a tip to the user that shows the item that the PMID corresponds to.  If the user’s library does not have a copy of the item, the LibApp will offer ILL to the user to make a request for that item to be loaned to the library.

The image below shows how the PMID on this search page is now linked by the Autolink PMID LibApp.  The screenshot was taken with the cursor hoovered over the link when the Summon widget service was turned on.  The tool tip displays results to a publication of this item.

Click here for a demo on using the Autolink PMID LibApp!

Figure 1: the PMID number is linked to its Summon search page

Technical Advice
It should also be noted that if the ISBN on the page is already written with a link, the LibApp will not override that link.

When the Summon API proxy is used, the tool tip shows very detailed information.  Do note that the use of the Summon API proxy does require an API key and that you run our proxy on your machine. Anyone, however, can use the Summon widget service immediate, provided they are a Summon customer.  When the Summon widget service is used, the tool tip displays less detailed information but does include the publication information.

There are two methodologies that the LibApp uses when searching for the PMID.  The LibApp searches for the “PMID” or “PMID:” string and take the next numeric value as the PMID value.  The LibApp will also search the page’s HTML structure for a span that holds the PMID.

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