What Electronic Collections Require Special Parameters to Work, and How Do I Add These Parameters?


For the most part, the parser parameters, and linking information that is default in Alma will work for full-text linking.

However, some resources require additional parameters (Special Parameters) for linking to work, such as:

  • Gale
  • Proquest
  • Ovid
  • Westlaw

Edit Special Parameters:

If you're adding a new collection that might have special parameters, or you're troubleshooting linking problems, follow these steps to edit the parameters:

  • Look up the collection under Electronic Collection Search
  • Select Edit Service from the ellipses on the collection
  • Select the linking tab on the Electronic Service Editor
  • The Special Parameters area is at the bottom of the linking tab. If you already have other collections from this same vendor, check one of those to see what parameters are needed
  • Note that sometimes there are extra fields in the special parameters area that you may not need
  • To add special parameters for Link in Record collections, see What's a Link in Record collection and how do I manage it?


  • Last Updated Jul 25, 2023
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  • Answered By Michelle Eichelberger

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