Link an existing database in your A-Z List to the A-Z Community record (CMS only)

By linking a database in your local A-Z Database List to an entry in the A-Z Community (available with LibGuides CMS), you will be able to reuse the Community-curated database name, vendor, and/or description in your own A-Z List. Plus, the more linked databases you have, the more you can analyze your holdings against the rest of the A-Z Community members.

Link an existing database to the Community

When you create a new database under the Databases tab, you can look and see if it's listed in the A-Z Community. If it is, then you can link to the community database, with an option to copy the vendor, database name, and description to your local database.

  1. Go to Content > A-Z Database List.
  2. Under the Databases tab, locate the database you want to link and click on its Edit () icon in the Actions column.
    • Databases that are already linked will display an active Community ( ) icon in the Actions column.
    • If a database is not yet linked to the Community, that icon will be grayed out.
  3. In the Database Name field, click on the  Community button. The Search Community Databases window will pop up with a list of results matching the name you entered.
  4. Select the database you want to link to.
  5. Click the Continue button. At this point, the link to the Community record will be made.
  6. Select the NameDescription, and/or Vendor checkboxes if you'd like to import that data into your own database.
    1. Click the Continue button to copy the info to your database.
    2. If you would prefer to not to copy the info to your local database, simply leave the checkboxes empty and click the Close button.
  7. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.

What if my database isn't listed in the A-Z Community?

If a match can't be found for your database, then you will be given the option of contributing it to the A-Z Community. That will allow other members of the Community to link to that database in the future.

When contributing a database, the data you entered in the Vendor / Provider, Database Name, and Description fields will be added to the Community record (the Description is optional, but a vendor must be provided in order to contribute the database).

Selecting A-Z Database List from the Content dropdown

Editing a database

Clicking the Community database

Selecting a matching Community record

Importing information from the Community record

Saving the database

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