1 Automatic logon and remote access to FirstSearch

To log on automatically to FirstSearch, users click links that you add on your library's web pages. After clicking a link, users bypass the FirstSearch logon screen and begin their session on the FirstSearch screen that you specified in the link. Users access FirstSearch without entering a FirstSearch authorization number and password.

Automatic logon

IP-address recognition is available for automatic logon to FirstSearch. For the easy to set up and maintain IP-address recognition method, you specify which IP addresses may use your FirstSearch authorization or authorizations. You add links that lead to FirstSearch on your library's web pages. The links contain special IP-address recognition URLs. The links work only for users with an IP address that you specified. For more information about IP-address recognition, see Introduction to IP-address recognition access to FirstSearch.

Remote access to FirstSearch

A user accessing your library's web pages from a remote location cannot use IP-address recognition to log on to FirstSearch if the user's IP address, as it appears to FirstSearch, is not one that you specified for IP-address recognition. Remote access is supported by WebScript automatic logon scripting. Consult your library's system administrator to determine the best method for providing remote access to FirstSearch.

Compatible Web browsers

Users accessing FirstSearch with any of the following browsers can use IP-address recognition or WebScript automatic logon scripting:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Netscape Navigator

What automatic logon can do

For information about the capabilities of IP-address recognition, see What IP-address recognition can do.