University of Birmingham E Library

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Digital Library Redirection

The VIA service is provided to give shortened URLs to Digital Library resources based on the minimum amount of information needed to uniquely identify that resource. A catalogue item’s BIB_ID can be used to create a link to that item’s record or Bookfinder floorplan while an article’s bibliographic details can be used to link directly to the article in FindIt@Bham.

This shortened version of a link to a library resource can be used in cases where a persistant URL is required – irrespective of the LMS system used to host that resource. For example, QR codes created with a VIA link will remain active even after a change in Library Catalogue supplier.

All links that go through VIA are recorded using Google Analytics. Please contact the Digital Library Team for access to this data.

Books [b]Eg. http://via.bham.ac.uk/b?i=498214
Create a shortcut for items in the University of Birmingham Library Catalogue (books, eBooks or other printed or digital matter) based on the Catalogue ID of that item.
Click here for further details.
eMails [e]Eg. http://via.bham.ac.uk/e?i=a.student
Link through to a mailto: link for email addresses (both internal and external). This link, suitable for QR codes, included usage recording through Google Analytics.
Click here for further details.
Maps (Bookfinder) [m]Eg. http://via.bham.ac.uk/m?i=498214
Create a shortcut to the “Library Bookfinder Service” floorplans based on an item’s Catalogue ID.
Click here for further details.
SFX (eJournals) [s]Eg. http://via.bham.ac.uk/s?i=1234-5678&v=12
Create a shortcut to the SFX Menu for eJournals based on the bibliographic data for that items (ISSN, Vol, Issue, etc.).
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