7 Quick start to creating IP-address recognition links to FirstSearch

The examples below help you get started quickly creating IP-address recognition links to FirstSearch on your library's web pages. The links contain special IP-address recognition URLs illustrated in the examples.

If you are providing IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch for the first time, you can create and test the URLs and links immediately after setting up IP-address recognition in the administrative module or about 48 hours (Monday-Friday) after setting it up by submitting the web form. For more information, see Methods for setting up or changing IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch.

If your library has more than one FirstSearch authorization

If you have multiple FirstSearch authorizations and want to use an additional authorization for IP-address recognition, you must include the autho component in the URL as shown in the second optional URL example. A link using the simple URL example or the first optional URL example logs the user on to FirstSearch using your default authorization for IP-address recognition.

Simple IP-address recognition URL example

URL example

http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip

Link example

The following example shows the HTML code for a link containing the URL example:

<a href="http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip">OCLC FirstSearch service</a>

Description

The simple URL example includes only the required IP-address recognition URL components. A link using this example takes the user directly to the FirstSearch Home screen, which is also the screen displayed after someone logs on manually. This example accepts the default values for all optional URL components. After exiting FirstSearch, the user sees the FirstSearch manual logon screen.

First optional IP-address recognition URL example

URL example

http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?done=http://www.oclc.org/

Link example

The following example shows the HTML code for a link containing the URL example:

<a href="http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?done=http://www.oclc.org/">OCLC FirstSearch service</a>

Description

The first optional URL example contains the done optional component specifying the web page the user sees after exiting FirstSearch. In IP-address recognition URLs, "?" separates "fsip" from the first optional component.

In the example, "done=http://www.oclc.org/" takes the user to the OCLC home page after the user exits FirstSearch. You can replace "http://www.oclc.org/" with the address of the page you want users to see after exiting the service. You can replace it with "referer" if you want users to see the page containing the link they clicked to access FirstSearch.

If a user's FirstSearch session times out or ends before the user exits properly, the user sees a message indicating that the session has ended. After clicking OK, the user returns to the page containing the link clicked to access FirstSearch.

Second optional IP-address recognition URL example

URL example

http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?dbname=eco&autho=999999999

Link example

The following example shows the HTML code for a link containing the URL example:

<a href="http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?dbname=eco&autho=999999999">Electronic Collections Online database</a>

Description

The second optional URL example contains two optional components: the dbname component specifies the database to be selected when the user enters the service and the autho component specifies the FirstSearch authorization used to log the user on to FirstSearch. In IP-address recognition URLs, "?" separates "fsip" from the first optional component and "&" separates one optional component from the next optional component.

In the example, "dbname=eco" selects the Electronic Collections Online database and "autho=999999999" uses "999999999" as the authorization. You can replace "eco" with the dbname value of a FirstSearch database included in your account. A list of dbname values is available at Values for the dbname or db Component. You must replace "999999999" with one of your FirstSearch authorizations.