The following information summarizes the required and optional components of the IP-address recognition URLs that you include in links on your library's web pages. For an introduction to IP-address recognition links and URLs, see Quick start to creating IP-address recognition links to FirstSearch.
When information about IP-address recognition was revised in November 2001, a new Recommended format of IP-address recognition URLs was documented to address some problems that previous formats had with proxy servers at some institutions. It is not necessary for you to revise existing IP-address recognition URLs because Other IP-address recognition URL formats continue to work well in most situations. However, you may want to use the new recommended format when you revise existing links or add new ones.
The FirstSearch URL and the IP-address recognition token must be included in each IP-address recognition URL.
The FirstSearch URL is the FirstSearch service address for Internet communication. If you want to use another communication method, include the communication method component in the URL.
The IP-address recognition token signals FirstSearch to use IP-address recognition access.
If you have two or more FirstSearch authorizations, include the authorization number component in the URL to specify the authorization number for any link that uses an additional authorization for IP-address recognition. For more information about authorizations and IP-address recognition, see Information needed to set up IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch.
|Required components||Component format||Component example|
|IP-address recognition token||fsip||fsip|
The following information summarizes the recommended format of IP-address recognition URLs:
The following examples illustrate the recommended format of IP-address recognition URLs:
|Description||IP-address recognition URL example|
|No optional component||http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip|
|One optional component||http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?autho=999999999|
|Two optional components||http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?route=uk&dbname=worldcat|
|Three optional components||http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?topic=all&autho=999999999&done=referer|
The following format rules differ from the recommended format but may also be used:
If your institution has a proxy server, IP-address recognition access may work more reliably if the recommended format is used. Also, you may want to use the recommended format when you revise existing links or add new ones.
The following table lists the optional IP-address recognition URL components described in other sections of this document. Click the name of a component to go to its section.
|Optional component||Component format||Component example|
|Authorization number component||autho=[FirstSearch authorization]||autho=999999999|
|Communications method component||route=dedip
|Exit page component||done=referer
| FirstSearch screen component
(Link users directly to a FirstSearch database selection screen, database screen, or Electronic Collections Online journal screen.)
|topic=[ topic value]
dbname=[ dbname value]
dbname=[dbname value] &screen=[screen]
|Library logo component||logo=[URL]||logo=http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/images/library.gif|
|Timeout periods component||timeout=[300-1800 seconds] &fttimeout=[900-2700 seconds]||timeout=600 &fttimeout=900|
The following documents provide additional information about the FirstSearch screen component
The following components are described in other documents: