2 Introduction to IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch

Overview of IP-address recognition

For the IP-address recognition automatic logon method, you specify which IP addresses may use your FirstSearch authorization or authorizations. You add links to FirstSearch on your library's web pages. These links contain special IP-address recognition URLs. The links work only for users who access FirstSearch from a workstation with an IP address that you specified.

Because workstations authorized to use FirstSearch are identified by IP address, the links can be placed on non-restricted web pages. When a user clicks one of these links, OCLC verifies that the IP address may access the library's account. If it may, the user is logged on to FirstSearch. (If the user's IP address may access the account but the logon cannot be completed, the system displays a message. For example, it displays a message if the maximum number of users for an authorization are already using FirstSearch.)

Anyone who tries to access FirstSearch from an unauthorized IP address receives a message and an opportunity to log on manually.

Implementation steps for IP-address recognition

To implement IP-address recognition for your library, use the following steps:

  1. Gather the necessary information. For more information, see Information needed to set up IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch.
  2. Set up IP-address recognition. For more information, see Methods for setting up or changing IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch.
  3. Add IP-address recognition links on your library's Web pages. For more information, see Quick start to creating IP-address recognition links to FirstSearch.