damaged solar cells?

I have constucted a solar panel however I am getting no volts out. I have inspected the cells and I have found a few that are split across from one side to the other and I was wondering if this is effectively a break in the pos neg circuit?

Yep, that'll bust 'em. You MIGHT get a repair with conductive silver paint, and just possibly by soldering, but that IS tricky.

Steve