In part one of this 3-part series about basic tools for understanding and troubleshooting results in OneSearch (Primo), you learned about the structure of internal Primo records (PNX). In part two you learned how to view the PNX and the source records “behind” search results. In part three, you’ll learn how to use bookmarklets to easily view PNX and source records from a browser bookmark(let)!
Now that you understand Primo’s internal record structure, PNX (Primo Normalized XML), and how to view PNX and both Aleph and CUNY Academic Works source records, we want to make viewing the PNX and source records easier.
Bookmarklet Creation: A One-Time Step
First, you need to add the desired bookmarklets to your own Favorites/Bookmarks. This only needs to be done once per browser. (Note: I have tested the following instructions on Chrome and Internet Explorer.)
To assist you, we have created a Bookmarklets page on the OLS Support Site.
- Please open the Bookmarklets page in a separate tab or window
- In your browser, make sure the Bookmarks/Favorites bar is showing at the top of your screen
- Chrome > Customize Menu (top right) > Bookmarks > Show bookmarks bar
- Internet Explorer > right-click in window header > Favorites bar
- On the Support Site’s Bookmarklets page, click and hold the top bookmarklet and drag the link into your Bookmarks/Favorites bar
- One-time task complete! Now any time you are viewing search results, open a single result in the full screen view, click on your Bookmark/Favorite in the bar or in the menu list, and the record’s PNX will display!!
If you’re interested in also accessing the source Aleph MARC or Academic Works Dublin Core metadata via bookmarklets, use the above instructions to create those bookmarklets, too.
Deduplicated records need manual intervention for Aleph and Academic Works source record viewing: If the PNX record shows more than one
sourcerecordid and the
recordid starts with “dedup,” then you will need to select only one source record ID to view at a time.
When you try the source bookmarklets for a dedup record, an error will be displayed instead of the full metadata. In this case, go to the PNX record, copy any of the IDs in the
sourcerecordid section (not the “CUNY_ALEPH” or “CUNY_BEPRESS” text), and add it at the end of the URL opened by the bookmarklet.
- For Aleph, put it after “doc_num=”:
- For Academic Works, put it after “identifier=”:
If neither of the source bookmarklets work, double-check that you are trying to view a local record. The source of each record is shown at the bottom of its Details tab. The source bookmarklets will not work with Primo Central records (that is, anything other than CUNY ALEPH or CUNY Academic Works source).
If you’ve read this far, you deserve a bonus! The 4th bookmarklet (OneSearch Show Record IDs) on the Support Site’s Bookmarklets page will add the OneSearch Record ID at the top of each result entry on a standard Brief Results page.