IP Address Recognition for Research and Information Databases
Accessing the Research and Information Databases provided for Kansans by the State Library and Kan-ed from computers in your school or library is much easier for your patrons if IP Address recognition (IPAR) has been set up with the database providers.
IPAR is already in place for searches done from the State Library's main page. Searches and links originating here are checked against a database of IP addresses registered as Kansas locations. If Your IP address is in the database, you are connected without a username or password.
This statewide version of IPAR uses single statewide accounts for each vendor, so usage statistics and interface options are limited at the local library level. Some libraries may want to set up traditional IPAR and a local access account.
- What is IP Address Recognition?
- What do I need to have in order to use IPAR?
- How do I set up IPAR?
- My IP address has changed/How do I notify database providers?
What is IP Address Recognition (IPAR)?
With IPAR, database websites that usually require you to log in with a username and password have a list of your IP addresses - your numeric address on the Internet. When the request for a database comes from an address the vendor recognizes, you or your users are allowed to connect and access the database without further identifying yourself.
IPAR also helps some vendors provide you with library-specific use statistics.
What do I need to have in order to use IPAR?
Your IP address must be "static" - either a single number or a group or range of numbers that always are identified with your school or library internet access. Some internet providers still do not provide (or provide at appreciable cost) static IP addresses - every time you connect to the Internet, you are assigned a number more or less at random. Because they might be assigned at another time to a customer not authorized to use the databases, these IP addresses cannot be used to set up IPAR.
In some cases, computers in your school or library may identify themselves to the Internet world by a number of different IP addresses - either because each machine has its own unique number or because you have a pool or range of number not shared with anyone else. In other cases, usually because of Internet firewall and/or proxy server configuration, one IP address will correctly identify all of your computers to the rest of the world.
Public libraries that use the Kanguard Internet Content Filter may have a unique IP address that has been assigned by the Administrator to allow for external IP recognition even when the filter is active. This IP address, as well as any used when the filter is inactive, should be included in any list provided to the vendor.
How do I set up IPAR?
Different vendors have different systems for setting up your access:
You'll need a location ID (a code which becomes part of the links you create on your web page) and they'll need your IP addresses. Do both with the Gale Web Access Authorization Form.
Contact Customer Support
IPAR must be set up directly with OCLC. You can do this two ways:
- An online form is available at https://www3.oclc.org/app/ip_recognition/.
(HINT: This form asks for your OCLC Billing Partner. Select OCLC from the drop-down list.)
- Log on to the Administrative Module (Admin) of your institution's account and set up or change IPAR yourself. You log on to Admin using your FirstSearch authorization (a 9-digit number assigned by OCLC) and your Admin password. The Admin password was originally set by OCLC, to be the same as your password for using FirstSearch.
If you've changed your login password, your Admin password may now be different. The State Library can provide you with your authorization and original password - just call 800.432.3919 and ask for Jeff or Rhonda. If your Admin password has been changed in the past and you don't have it, you must contact OCLC / 800.848.5800).
With a valid authorization number and Admin password, go to http://firstsearch.oclc.org/admin/ and log in to the administration module. Just below the OCLC logo is a row of 5 tabs. Click the second one: Authentication/Access. At the next screen, look for a link just below this tab marked IP Address Recognition. Click here, and enter your IP addresses using the box in the IP Addresses section.
With either method, IPAR will work only if you point your browser to http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip.
When setting up or changing IPAR for FirstSearch, it's a good idea to start with OCLC's Introduction to IP-address recognition. Links to both the online form and the admin module instructions, as well as help gathering the information you'll need, can all be found here. This overview of the general concepts and process of setting up IPAR will help you understand what's involved, even in working with other vendors.
OCLC WorldCat: Use online form or Admin module
ProQuest: Contact Customer Support
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