More on Direct Linking to Bib Records with VTLS Virtua

As mentioned in a previous post, I had a question from a colleague in New York City about direct linking to bibliographic records in the VTLS Virtua OPAC.

Here’s what was discovered.

You can link directly to an Item list record by using a URL as follows.

http://yulib.mc.yu.edu:8000/cgi-bin/gw/yulis/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=INITREQ&u1=12101&t1=397

You can link directly to a Full Record by using a URL as follows

http://yulib.mc.yu.edu:8000/cgi-bin/gw/yulis/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=CARDSCR&u1=12101&t1=397

You can link directly to a MARC record by using a URL as follows

http://yulib.mc.yu.edu:8000/cgi-bin/gw/yulis/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=MARCSCR&u1=12101&t1=397

Let’s break that down as to how and why that works. The part of the URL that controls this is the &function= portion of the URL.

&function=INITREQ leads to the Item List

&function=CARDSCR leads to the Full Card view

&function=MARCSCR leads to the MARC record view

If you want to try this out on your own VTLS system, replace everything before the ? sign with your own base URL for your iPortal.

Ours at CNA-Q is http://classiccatalog.cna-qatar.edu.qa/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon/ so the URLs for us would be.

Item:

http://classiccatalog.cna-qatar.edu.qa/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=INITREQ&u1=12101&t1=397

Full:

http://classiccatalog.cna-qatar.edu.qa/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=CARDSCR&u1=12101&t1=397

MARC:

http://classiccatalog.cna-qatar.edu.qa/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=MARCSCR&u1=12101&t1=397

We are running VTLS Virtua 48, so your own system may differ in some substantial ways. I found this set of URL patterns by looking at the default links on the default skin for the VTLS 48 iPortal.

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