On October 22, 2000, FirstSearch began using 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.
A growing number of libraries add links to their Web pages that lead directly to individual databases within FirstSearch.
A user may click one of these links to access a FirstSearch database and start a FirstSearch session. After searching the database, the user might click the browser's Back button to return to the library's Web pages without exiting FirstSearch and ending the session. Then the user might click another link to access another FirstSearch database and start another session. This leaves an extra FirstSearch session open until the end of its specified timeout period. The user may access several databases in this way, leaving several sessions open.
By ending any existing FirstSearch session whenever another FirstSearch session is started on the same workstation, this feature increases the number of available ports for libraries with a specified number of ports. This helps control the number of ports that libraries need to purchase.
If this feature is turned on:
This feature affects only Web browser access to FirstSearch. It does not affect Z39.50 access.
The cookie used by this feature is a small data file written and stored on a workstation's hard drive each time a FirstSearch session is started. The only data that the file contains is the ID code that FirstSearch assigns each time a session is started. This session ID contains no information about the user, workstation, or library.
However, if you allow your browser to accept this FirstSearch cookie, it will also accept cookies from other Web sites. If your library's browsers do not accept cookies now, consult your system administrator before changing that browser setting.
If your browser accepts cookies, this feature is turned on unless you turn it off. You do not need to make any changes in order to benefit from this feature.
If your browser does not accept cookies, you must set it to accept them in order to benefit from this feature. Consider possible privacy or security issues before changing the setting.
You can turn this feature off using any of the following methods:
Browser settings. Consult your system administrator if you need assistance setting your browser not to accept cookies.
IP-address recognition. The following is an example of an IP-address recognition URL that includes the component to turn off the feature:
WebScript automatic logon scripting. The following is an example of a SEND command in a WebScript script that includes the component to turn off the feature: