The following options are available through IP-address recognition:
- Authorization number. If you have multiple FirstSearch authorization numbers, you can specify for each link which authorization number is used to access FirstSearch.
- Communications method. If you want to use a communications method other than the Internet, you can use OCLC Dedicated TCP/IP communications or Z39.50.
- Direct article access. You can point users directly to the full text of journal articles available in the FirstSearch service. This lets users click a link to access the full text of a journal article and then return to your library's web pages without seeing other FirstSearch screens. This direct article access supports electronic reserves or reading lists that your library might provide on its web pages. More information about direct article access is available at FirstSearch direct article access.
- Exit page. You can specify the Web page to which a user goes after exiting FirstSearch. For example, you could send the user to a particular web page or to the page from which the user entered FirstSearch. If you do not specify a page, the user goes to the FirstSearch manual logon screen after exiting.
- FirstSearch screen. You can point users to appropriate resources by creating links to specific FirstSearch databases, Electronic Collections Online journals, or other screens within FirstSearch. For example, you can create a WorldCat link that takes users to a search screen for the WorldCat database, or an Education link that takes them to a database selection screen for the education topic area. The screen that you specify through automatic logon may override the default search screen or default topic area specified in the administrative module.
- Language. You can specify the FirstSearch interface language to view instructions, labels, and help files in a language other than English.
- Library logo. You can add your library's logo to FirstSearch through automatic logon or through a setting in the administrative module. If you do, your logo appears throughout each FirstSearch session at either the upper left or upper right of each FirstSearch screen, depending on where you designated it to appear. If you specify a library logo through the administrative module and through automatic logon, the logo specified in the administrative module is used.
- Session control. FirstSearch uses a cookie to end any existing FirstSearch session whenever another FirstSearch session is started on the same workstation. For libraries that purchase a specified number of ports (simultaneous logons) as part of their FirstSearch access, this feature releases ports for use by other users more quickly than if the existing session was left to time out. You can turn off this cookie through automatic logon. More information about controlling FirstSearch sessions and about this cookie is available at Controlling FirstSearch Sessions.
- Timeout periods. You can specify the inactivity timeout periods after which the user is logged off by FirstSearch. If you want to override the timeout periods set in the administrative module with shorter timeout periods, you can specify them through automatic logon. However, If you specify timeout periods through automatic logon that are longer than the periods specified in the administrative module, the administrative module periods are used.