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Hot Articles: a new service using UC-eLinks

Hot Articles is a new free service that shows you immediately, based on real usage data, what publications are hot in your broad subject area.

bx Hot Articles sample tile (not a working tile)
bx Hot Articles sample tile (not a working tile)

How does Hot Articles work?

Hot Articles is a mini window (a “tile”) that goes on a web page and shows popular articles in broad subject areas. In each subject area, bX Hot Articles displays a list of the ten articles that researchers selected the most in recent weeks. If you select All Subjects, you see the top ten articles overall. The service is based on selections made by millions of researchers from thousands of academic institutions around the world and is updated once a month.

The UC-eLinks team put a sample Hot Articles tile on the CDL website.

Who would use it?

Faculty and students.

How do they use it?

Users click on an article link in the Hot Articles tile. The link opens a UC-eLinks window or links directly to the article.

Where does it appear?

The Hot Articles tile can be placed on any web page. It’s appropriate anywhere users are looking for articles:

  • library pages
  • LibGuides or other subject guides
  • course pages
  • blogs
  • publisher websites

Who manages it?

A campus librarian or faculty member can put it on a web page or write their own API using one of the other formats (XML, RSS, ATOM, JSON). Publishers are supporting the tile. CDL, Resource Liaisons, and instructional librarians would need to work with publishers to configure it.

What info do you need to configure it?

All you need is the UC-eLinks base URL. For University of California, it’s

Is there a mobile app?

Yes. In addition to online formats—HTML (tile), XML, JSON, RSS, and Atom—the Hot Articles service is available as a mobile application for Android devices and for iPhone. After downloading the app, pick your institution (e.g., University of California, Santa Cruz), and then see the list of subjects.

How is it different from bX Recommender?

bX Hot Articles uses the same database as bX Recommender — it’s power by bX.

bX Recommender bX Hot Articles
Recommender is article specific (more articles like yours) — what other users liked. Hot Articles is subject specific (e.g., Business, Engineering, Chemistry) — what’s hot in your subject.
Recommender is a licensed service with an annual cost. Hot Articles is free.
The Recommender tile integrates into the SFX (UC-eLinks) window. The Hot Articles tile can be placed on any web page.
The UC Libraries are not licensing Recommender at this time. Hot Articles is freely available to any institution or individual.

For more information, see the bX Hot Articles for University of California page on the CDL website.