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Patterned ID (CPID) Authentication

Patterned IDs are library card or bar code numbers that are usually coded or masked. They may vary in length. Patterned ID authentication lets a user access EBSCOhost by entering a library card or bar code number. If the number entered does not match an ID set up by the library administrator, access is not permitted. The administrator can decide which characters are significant, and compare up to 30 characters, if needed.

  1. Click the Authentication Tab. From the drop-down lists on the toolbar, select the site you want to work with.

  2. Click the CPID Sub-Tab.

  3. Click the Add Model ID Link.

    Patterned ID (CPID) Authentication

  4. From the drop-down list, select the Group ID.

  5. In the Model ID field, enter an example of your card ID using one box for each character your ID contains.

  6. In the Mask field, change the 0 to a 1 if that field is the same for each ID.

  7. Click Submit. The list of model IDs appears with your new model ID displayed. In the example shown above, anyone using a 13 digit ID that begins with 1234 will have access to your EBSCOhost databases.

  8. In order to use this form of authentication, your patrons must use the following URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=cpid&custid=custid The custid is your EBSCOhost customer ID.

You can modify the model ID for any user group by clicking on the linked model ID number in the Model ID list.

If you are using ID patterns (for example, library card numbers) for web authentication, you can view and change the list of model IDs using this option. The base EBSCOhost URL for this authentication scheme is http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=cpid&custid=custid where custid identifies your library's customer ID within EBSCOadmin.

To use this URL on your library web page and authenticate for your IP address, you should use the following URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=cpid&custid=custid&ip=yes.

You can also direct your users to a specific profile by adding a profile ID to the end of the URL. (For example, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=cpid&custid=custid&profile=profileid where profileid identifies one of your profiles.)

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