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In-house Library Linking

The "In-house Library" Option is a free service that provides a link from an STN record of interest (the one on which you clicked the Full-text Button) to your library system. When the link to your library system is used, your end users / clients can take full advantage of the document services your library provides.

You may provide various services e.g.:

  • Your library's home page and the services it provides
  • Automated card catalog or OPAC look-up
  • Immediate access to electronic articles available in-house at your site or at publisher web sites
  • Forwarding of document copy orders to your supplier of choice
  • Access to interlibrary loan services

After the initial setup (described below), users will see the "Your organization´s document resources" tab on the CAS Full Text Options page. When the user clicks the "Link to our corporate Library" link (or whatever title you enter as a description), the user's browser is forwarded to your library system (or to any web site / URL you choose).
The link contains descriptive information about the document of interest, including complete bibliographic information. All further interaction based on these data no longer takes place in CAS Full Text Options but in the external system.


Therefore, with the STN Site Administration Tool, you enter the technical information required to customize the "Your organization´s document resources" tab.

You may:

  • define two different In-house links for references of journals and other document types (non-patent). Please specify:
    • the link text to appear as a hyperlink in the "Your organization´s document resources" tab
    • enter or change the "Journal" URLs for journal articles
    • indicate whether the OpenURL format should be used (mandatory for other document types)
  • define the In-house link for references of patents. Please specify:
    • the link text to appear as a hyperlink in the "Your organization´s document resources" tab
    • enter or change the "Patent" URLs for patent documents
  • define the Email Address for the In-house Document Request feature, which allows CAS Full Text Options users to email the article title, author(s), journal title, full-text link options, and comments as a request to the inhouse library or reference desk.


Please note that it is obligatory to enter a text in the ‚Link Text' box.

The Journal and/or Patent URLs the administrator enters are called "base" URLs because they are the base to which additional document-specific information is added. At least one of the three URL boxes must be filled in. The URL you enter will be combined with the data from the user's record of interest to produce the URL placed under the "Your organization´s document resources" tab on the CAS Full Text Options page. For the Journal links, you may choose between the STN Format and the  OpenURL Standard V0.1 format . For the latter check the corresponding 'openurl' box (mandatory for other document types).

More information about Open URL

There are 3 different approaches to implement the URLs for journal article and patent linking:

Option 1: Data transfer to the library home page
In the simplest approach, the administrator enters the URL of a page, usually the home page of their library or technical information center (TIC). Such pages have no functionality and merely welcome the user to the library or TIC. The user can then take advantage of the services provided. If the library has an online catalog or provides links to electronic full-text, it is up to the user to navigate to those pages within his library site, and cut and paste information from STN pages as needed. In this case, the data from the user's record of interest are ignored.

Option 2: Data transfer to the library catalog
A more sophisticated approach involves the use of CGI scripts to process the data from the user's record of interest. One service many libraries provide is to locate the ISSN within the data, express it as a query to their online public access catalog, and re-direct the user's browser to that site. The user´s view of this interaction is that he clicks on the "Your Library" link on the CAS Full Text Options page, and the next page displayed is the result of the OPAC search. In more sophisticated services, the "base" URL starts a program that processes the document data and provides the user with a variety of services including:

  • an immediate link to the electronic full-text
  • results of an OPAC search
  • results of OPAC searches of cooperating libraries
  • links to interlibrary loan services
  • links to your organization's document copy provider service of choice.

These services are provided by the administrator's library system. Some library automation software companies provide software that provides the services listed above.

Below is an example of a "base" URL and the associated composite URLs produced when a user requests the CAS Full Text Options and is presented with a "Your Library" link.

For example, if your "base" URL is and the user's document of interest (in STN BIB format) is:

AN 2001:7105119 INSPEC
DN A2002-01-4630N-022
TI Crack initiation at the rectangular step notch surface under combined
AU Golecki, J.J. (Fac. of Civil Eng., Technion-Israel Inst. of Technol.,
Haifa, Israel); Suzdalnitsky, J.D.
SO Archive of Applied Mechanics (Sept. 2001) vol.71, no.9, p.640-8. 17 refs.
Published by: Springer-Verlag CODEN: AAMEEA ISSN: 0939-1533 SICI: 0939-1533(200109)71:9L.640:CIRS;1-Y
DT Journal
CY Germany, Federal Republic of
LA English

the composite URL placed under the YOUR LIBRARY button (STN format) would be:

For the OpenURL Standard V0.1 format, the link would be:

 If the document was a patent, the link might appear as:

Option 3: Data transfer to the Library Catalog with additional CGI parameters
It is possible to add static CGI parameters to the "base" URL. They can be used to trigger specific functions of the library catalog. You have to add these parameters once, typing "?" after the base URL. Parameters and value are added separated by "=". If you have more than one parameter, separate them with "&". (Parameters have to be URL-coded).


The system will automatically add the bibliographic data.


The complete list of parameters for the standard STN Format for journal and patent URLs are:

For Journal Articles:

  • issn
  • isbn
  • volume
  • issue
  • coden
  • firstpage
  • year
  • journal (abbreviated journal title)
  • author
  • title (article title)
  • repnum (report number)
  • source (document source)
  • corpsrc (corporate source)

For Patents:

  • cc (country code)
  • number
  • kind
  • date
  • inventor
  • ptitle
  • applcc (application cc)
  • applnumber
  • applyear
  • appldate

If the OpenURL Standard V 0.1 format is chosen, the complete list of journal parameters reads:

OpenURL Standard

  • sid (Service Identifier, consisting of the vendor and database originating the link, i.e.: STN:<file name> or STN:<CHEMPORT>)
  • issn
  • isbn
  • volume
  • issue
  • coden
  • genre
  • spage
  • date
  • title
  • stitle
  • atitle
  • pid (Private Identifier, to provide a location for any non-standard data, that is, data that does not conform to the OpenURL V 0.1 standard, containing: "authfull" (first author's full name), "repnum" (report number), "source" (document source), and "corpsrc" (corporate source))

If the base URL is a filename, it should end as shown in the examples below:

If the base URL ends with a folder name (or directory name), then it must end with a "/" character, which tells the user's browser to use the default web page of your server. Example: your base URL is, and ihl is a directory, then the correct URL format is

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