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Instructions from this very guide reformatted as a convenient 2 page document.
What is Link Checker?
The Link Checker tool provides us with a report of broken or unreachable links in LibGuide database assets, link assets, and sometimes book assets (links to catalog records). Although it cannot check links in rich text boxes, it’s an important tool for maintaining up-to-date, effective, and credible LibGuides.
In this Link Checker lesson, we will identify and edit broken links and dismiss repaired or “false positive” links.
How often does it run?
Springshare runs the Link Checker every 30 minutes.
Who can use it?
Although regular account holders can see every link listed in the report, they can only modify links that they own.
Select "LibGuides" from the blue drop-down menu in the orange command bar.
Select "Link Checker" from the "Tools" drop-down menu.
Underneath a block of text (definitely worth reading if you are so inclined), you will find a report listing currently broken/unreachable links. If you are a regular account holder (not an admin), you only have editing rights for the links you own.
Step 2: Dismissing Links
Check the "Owner" column. Your name appears next to the broken links that belong to you.
Before taking action, test each of the links that belong to you. (In real life, if your name doesn't appear in the "Owner" column, congratulations!)
If a link is performing as you wish (also known as a "false positive"), you can dismiss it from the current report with the trash can icon in the "Actions" column. Please note that this does not delete the link itself.
Step 3: Editing broken links
Did you find a broken link that belongs to you? This is where you use your everyday librarian sleuthing skills to find the new URL.
To edit a link, select the Edit icon in the “Asset” column.
Edit the link and save the changes.
Use the trash can icon in the “Actions” column (as in Step 2) to dismiss the now modified link from the report.