The information in this quick reference can help you customize FirstSearch to make it work best for your library and its users. All you need to get started right away is your OCLC FirstSearch authorization and password, which were provided in your welcome letter. Go to < http://firstsearch.oclc.org > to logon.
The following Internet lists provide important news and information about the FirstSearch service:
You and your users can subscribe to these lists by using the form on the OCLC Internet List Subscription Request page.
Or, to subscribe via e-mail, send the following message to firstname.lastname@example.org:
subscribe < name of listserv > < your first name > < your last name >
Use the administrative module to customize FirstSearch to meet the needs of your users and staff. Logon to the administrative module with your FirstSearch authorization and administrative password at:
Use the temporary FirstSearch password included in your FirstSearch welcome letter to logon to the administrative module for the first time.
The administrative module lets you customize:
The WorldCat Services Administrative Module Reference Guide gives details about FirstSearch customization options.
Set a full-text password in the administrative module to restrict full-text access to certain users.
The FirstSearch-ILL link lets you request library materials found in FirstSearch databases. Customize this link using the following administrative module options:
Add your library's logo to the user interface using the administrative module, or IP address recognition, or Webscript automatic logon scripting. You can also add custom Web links to the FirstSearch user interface. For example, you could include links to your library's Web site or to the Ask-a-Librarian service. For more information, see Adding Your Library's Logo to FirstSearch .
You can add a link from FirstSearch to either your library's Web catalog or your library's Z39.50-accessible catalog to let your users view detailed local holdings information. Instructions for setting up this link are in online help within the administrative module and also in the WorldCat Services Administrative Module Reference Guide .
FirstSearch offers a variety of search modes to fit every user, from Basic to Expert:
This kit includes several items to help you inform your users about FirstSearch. You can use the materials as provided or edit them as needed. These materials can be downloaded and customized on the Promoting FirstSearch page.
You can use various methods to help your users learn to use FirstSearch. Some suggestions are:
Monitor customized database usage and availability statistics at:
Log on by entering your FirstSearch authorization and administrative or statistics password.
The OCLC® Web site provides a wealth of online information about FirstSearch, including an overview of the service, links to complete documentation, ordering information and more.
Information on the Electronic Collections Online database includes lists of participating publishers and available journal titles.
For more information about FirstSearch, contact OCLC .