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How do I reuse a link?

I want to reuse an existing link on another guide. Where is the "reuse existing link" tab?
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2010  |  1219 Views

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When you click Add a new link in a link box, the screen that comes up allows you to add a new link, but there's also a tab called Reuse Link where you can search for and reuse links elsewhere in your system.

  1. Click Add a New Link in your link box.
    Screen shot of Add a New Link link.
  2. Click the Reuse Existing Link tab.
    Screen shot of tabs in Link box.
  3. Select the guide that has the link you'd like to use (or leave the drop-down on 'All Guides' if you're not sure).
  4. Start typing the name of the link you want to reuse in the text box. When you find the right link, click it.
  5. If you want, choose Make a copy of this resource to copy the link over instead of linking to it.
  6. Click the Reuse Link button.

Screen shot of reuse link screen filled out.

Answered by Anna BurkeBookmark and Share

Other Answers / Comments (11)

  1. Just wondering what is the benefit of "reusing links" ?
    by Aaron on Feb 02, 2010.
  2. Hi Aaron - I can think of a couple of reasons off the top of my head: 1. If you reuse links, if/when it comes time to update a link, you only have to update it in *one* place & it's automatically updated every where else. 2. When thinking about links to access your databases, it makes it easier for other librarians to add database links to their guides. They don't have to know what the link is or ask the electronic resources or systems person for the link...they just need to know how to use the reuse links function & they can add links to their guides. 3. Really, that same argument can be said for any link! If you have some links in one guide and have another guide that has some similar content, you can reuse the links from one in the other. It just makes life easier when you don't have to go out & copy the links again. Hope that helps! If anyone else has other ideas/reasons, please add a comment & let us know! Anna :)
    by Anna on Feb 03, 2010.
  3. Hello, Just wondering--when a link is reused from an A-Z list in a subject-specific guide, is there a way to write a unique description for the link in each guide...this may come up for broad resources (for example, ProQuest, or CredoReference) when one might want to provide specific instructions or highlight a particular area of the resource... For example, our Art and Architecture Librarian wrote this description for Credo Reference in our A-Z list: "This provides ten art and design dictionaries and encyclopedias and one architecture dictionary" If I then reuse the link in a guide for, say, Chemistry, I would not want this description--however, it seems that if I add a links and lists box, the description that was created for Art and Architecture appears and is immutable... Is there a way to provide a unique description for a database, while still using the reuse links capability? Thanks for the help (I will post this to forum once I am approved, in case this is not seen) Michael
    by Michael Cabus on Apr 16, 2010.
  4. Hi Michael - good timing! A code update will be going out in the next couple of weeks which includes that very functionality. You'll be able to update descriptions when reusing links. :) Keep an eye on the Support Blog ( - we'll post when the code update is live.
    by Anna on Apr 16, 2010.
  5. This is good stuff...however, what I'd love to be able to do is reuse a link within a rich text/dynamic content box. Is there any way that a "reuse link" button could be added to the text editor?
    by Joe Montibello on Apr 21, 2010.
  6. Thanks Joe! Unfortunately, that's not something we can do. The rich text editor we use is a 3rd party application (meaning we didn't write the code for it), so we're limited on what we can do with it. If the vendor we get it from added that kind of functionality, we could then use it...but that's not very likely in this case. Sorry!
    by Anna on Apr 22, 2010.
  7. Will a reused link be deleted if the original link is deleted? Let's say there is a link in the A-Z list that is being reused in several guides. If that same link is deleted from the A-Z list, will it also disappear in the other guides?
    by Viral on Sep 20, 2012.
  8. HI Viral,
    Yes if the original link is deleted, all the linked ones will be deleted.
    by Zinthia Briceno on Sep 20, 2012.
  9. Following up on Viral's question - Is there a workaround to keep the reused link information if the original link is deleted? Can a link be Removed vs Deleted?

    ex: A box containing the original link needs to be reorganized with more narrow information, some links will be removed and added to a newly created box. Deleting the link from the original box will delete the link from the system including all the reused locations. We want to keep the link, just not in the original location.

    Is there a master list of links that we can add and delete from? There is the functionality to search for existing links across all guides - can this source be used as a master list?
    by Andrea on Nov 19, 2012.
  10. Is there any way to un-link a re-used link, but keep it? That is, convert a linked link into a copy of the original link?

    Also, is there any way to set the behavior of the re-used link separately, other than making a copy? The original link is set to open in the same window, but I'd like my copied link to open in a new window (but I want the destination to update with the original link, so I don't just want to copy the link). Thanks!
    by Meghan on Sep 12, 2013.
  11. Hi Meghan,
    In order to un-link the link, you would have to remove the link and then make a copy.
    Currently there isn't a way to just unlink the second link from the original link.

    We'll be sure to think about that for future updates!
    by Zinthia Briceno on Sep 12, 2013.

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