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How to Handle a Broken Link

October 31st, 2012

in Pickering Educational Resources Library

Please be aware that when you are frustrated by a broken link or a search result without full text attached, there is often another way to get what you want. Identify the resource type of the citation.  Is it an article, book, dissertation, an association report, etc? The next best place to look depends on the type.

Try the methods below for various resource types.

  • If it is an article, keep the citation handy (open a new browser window, for instance) and search for the journal name in BU Libraries Search. Then look at the journal record closely for our full electronic (click “View It”) and print (click “Get It”) access to that source.
  • If it is a book that is checked out or that BU does not own, try BU WorldCat Local.
  • If it is a dissertation, look in our databases list for Proquest Dissertations and Theses; full text is often available there.
  • If it is an association report or government document, don’t forget to try Google; many of these are available freely.

If you’re still having trouble finding what you need, contact a librarian–we’re here to help!