Linking databases from your library's website

Linking databases from your library's website oplin

OPLIN can provide remote access to nearly any subscription database a library purchases; contact the OPLIN Support Center for more information.

Links for the statewide databases licensed as part of the Ohio Web Library
Database name Correct URL
All EBSCOhost Databases or
     Academic Search Premier
     Alt HealthWatch
     Biography Reference Bank
     Business Source Premier
     Computer Source
     Consumer Health Complete
     Explora Primary School
     Explora Middle School
     Explora Secondary School
     Health Source:  
     Consumer Edition
     Health Source:  
     Nursing/Academic Edition
     Hobbies & Crafts Ref Center
     Home Improvement Ref Center
     Literary Reference Center
     MAS Ultra - School Edition
     MASTERFILE Premier
     Middle Search Plus
     Newspaper Source
     Points of View Reference  
     Primary Search
     Professional Development  
     Psychology and Behavioral  
     Sciences Collection
     Religion and Philosophy  
     Science Reference Source
     Small Business Reference Center
     Sociological Collection
     TOPIC Search
     Vocational and Career  
African American Heritage
American & English Literature
Ancestry Library Edition
Chilton Library
Fold3 Library Edition
Heritage Quest
LinkedIn Learning
Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Very Short Introductions
All World Book Databases
     World Book Advanced
     World Book Early  
     World of Learning
     World Book French
     World Book Kids
     World Book Spanish  
      (Banco de Contenidos aulaPlaneta)
     World Book Student
     World Book Student-Spanish  
      (Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallzazgos)
     World Book Timelines


General resources provided by OPLIN
Website name Correct URL
Find an Ohio Public Library tool
Ohio Web Library
What Tree Is It?
What's That Snake?
What's the Point?


Get MARC records for your catalog

Get MARC records for your catalog oplin

Some of the Ohio Web Library vendors provide MARC records that can be loaded into a library's catalog, so their online resources will appear in catalog search results. These MARC records will contain a link to the resource in the 856 field of the record (subfield u); however, for people outside the library, these links will not allow access to the resource, because they do not pass through the user authentication associated with our statewide subscriptions.

To fix this, the URLs in the 856 fields must be modified in two ways:

  1. Add this to the beginning of each link:
  2. Replace every "&" in every link with "%26" (percent-encoded ampersand)

For example, a link to Consumer Reports in the MARC record downloaded from EBSCO might have "" in the 856u tag, and that would need to be changed to "".

One easy way to make these modifications is to use Terry Reese's MarcEdit tool (free download). Open the MarcEditor, open the file of MARC records downloaded from the vendor, and from the "Tools" menu choose "Edit Subfield Data." In field 856, subfield u, look for field data https:// and replace it with Repeat this process, looking for & and replacing it with %26. Save the edited file and it should be ready for importing into your catalog.

The vendors below currently provide MARC records for Ohio Web Library databases:

A large selection of MARC record files can be downloaded from the EBSCO Administrator interface. (If you don't know your login credentials, contact OPLIN Support.) Navigate to "Database Title Lists" and click on the "MARC 21" tab.
World Book
World Book provides some very general MARC records from their Training & Support site.
LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning MARC records require access to the LinkedIn Learning administrator interface. Contact OPLIN Support for assistance.