TDNet Discovery / OVID Discovery Platform

TDNet Discovery Integration Overview

The main purpose of the TDNet Discovery integration is to enhance the user experience for TDNet Discovery users by providing context-driven links within the interface as illustrated below and to promote journal engagement.  Below are the two main interactions that are enhanced in TDNet Discovery using the BrowZine API as well as some implementation variation options.

The integration into TDNet Discovery and OVID Discovery are the same.  Throughout this guide only "TDNet Discovery" will be used for brevity.


"Browse Table of Contents" to enhance the Journal Search Results in TDNet Discovery  

This interaction is made possible via our Journal Availability API.  You can read more details about what it does here.

In contrast to the normal route provided under "Access Information" which, depending on the source and configuration can take you to a choice between multiple sources, an authentication point and then ultimately one of hundreds of different publisher interfaces, the BrowZine interaction of "BrowZine - Browse Table of Contents" opens the current issue of that journal in the normalized, publisher-neutral view of BrowZine with an easy to understand and quickly-loading table of contents displayed.












Users can then quickly read the table of contents, link through to specific articles to the best available source automatically or be invited to add the title to "My Bookshelf" which allows for tracking of that title, being alerted about new issues and more.  The user may also explore the "App" link at the top noting that BrowZine is available on multiple devices and fully synchronized across all platforms.  Finally, in the lower right hand corner they are invited to discover more journals like this one by choosing one of the subjects that this title is classified within.

The code itself causes the link into BrowZine to appear dynamically, so only items active and available within BrowZine are shown so there are no dead links!












The journals are linked to BrowZine by either the ISSN or EISSN value in TDNet Discovery.  If for some reason these items are missing, no matching can occur with BrowZine.

"View Complete Issue in BrowZine" to enhance the Article Search Results in TDNet Discovery


This interaction is made possible via our Journal Availability API.  You can read more details about what it does here.



These links are triggered by articles rather than journal results and serve to provide a unique form of serendipitous discovery.  While the user has found a specific article, in one click, the user can be taken to the exact issue and place IN the issue where the article was originally published.







This not only provides a nice pedagogical discussion point about how articles are grouped into issues and journals but also a great serendipitous discovery path to perhaps find other articles in that same issue which may be of interest to the researcher as well as all the advantages of BrowZine outlined above (allowing them to find other journals in their research area, tracking the journal for new articles to be published, a consistent browsing experience, etc.)













The articles are matched in BrowZine via their DOI.  If the article does not contain a DOI either because the publisher does not utilize one or TDNet Discovery does not have this information, no matching can occur.


"Download Now" to enhance the Article Search Results in TDNet Discovery

This interaction is made possible via our LibKey API.  You can read more details about what it does here.

These links provide a one-click-to-PDF download service providing the fastest possible resolution to PDF for your users.  They appear BEFORE the "Check/View full text links" within TDNet/OVID Discover.  This service is publisher and holdings data dependent but is supported by a large number of publishers across all disciplines.

If a Download Now PDF link cannot be created, the link simply does not appear.



"Read article" to enhance the Article Search Results in TDNet Discovery

This interaction is made possible via our LibKey API.  You can read more details about what it does here.


These links provide a one-click-to-article linking service when the Download Now PDF is not available.  They appear BEFORE the "Check/View full text links" within TDNet/OVID Discover. 


Step-by-Step Implementation Guide if you CAN access your TDNet Discover Admin:

Step 1: Contact Third Iron Support

That's it!  Contact Third Iron at support@thirdiron.com and simply let us know that you are a TDNet Discovery / OVID Discovery library and would like to use this integration.  In response, we'll provide you with your BrowZine Library ID and your API Key.

Step 2: Login to your TDNet Discovery Admin and add the integration to the "Discover" area:

Choose Settings under the "Discovery" tab and fill in the Library ID and API Key with the information provided to you by BrowZine Support:

This will enable the link "View Complete Issue in BrowZine" to articles in TDNet Discovery!

Step 3: Also enhance "Library eResources" with BrowZine integration:

Choose Settings under the "Library eResources" tab.  Next, click on "add service" as shown:

From here, fill in the appropriate information for your institution like this:

Note that BrowZine is available from the "type" menu.

You can adjust the text here to whatever you would like.  We recommend "View Journal in BrowZine".  Then, just add the Library ID and API Key provided to you from BrowZine Support and click "OK" to activate the integration.

Finally, don't forget to click "save" at the top of the page to ensure your changes take effect!


Step-by-Step Implementation Guide if you CANNOT access your TDNet Discover Admin:

Step 1: Contact Third Iron Support

Can you not see the admin section described above?  Not all accounts have access to do this yourself.  If that is the case, simply contact Third Iron at support@thirdiron.com and simply let us know that you are a TDNet Discovery / OVID Discovery library and would like to use this integration.  In response, we'll get in touch with TDNet on your behalf and let you know when they have completed the necessary steps to integrate the BrowZine API's into your TDNet / OVID Discovery system!



Implementation Variations

Libraries are invited to consider multiple different approaches to utilizing this API as well as other interactions to get the best use out of the BrowZine Journal Engagement Service:

  1. Utilize the External Search API to create a search box on your home page to link a user's journal query directly into BrowZine!  If the user's query turns out to not be for scholarly journals but only trade journals or popular ones that BrowZine does not cover, the search is auto-routed back to TDNet Discovery's A-Z!