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- Custom InfoTrac URLs

  Customize links to Gale resources for your library
 
You can create links that direct users straight to any of the Gale online resources currently licensed through ERAC. These links can be set-up for on-campus and remote users alike.

Options for individual campus websites/desktops

- Create a link that takes users to the Gale collection menu
- Create a link that takes users straight to the search form for any one of the individual databases (see Custom InfoTrac URLs below)

Options for district-wide or other shared websites

- Create a shared link to either the Gale collection menu or individual databases (requires discrete campus IP recognition)
- Create links for individual campuses using select tools (e.g., lists/menus or jump boxes) or cgi/.asp scripts

The enterprising web administrator may also create scripts that identify the user's campus affiliation (usually by source IP or domain) and redirect them to the requested Gale application (more on this below).

Background - Common InfoTrac Start URLs

Gale "start" URLs begin with a common stem. Using this stem, the following conditions and behaviors apply:

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb
If... ...then
SourceIP recognition enabled AND browser is located on registered network or IP address [see note*] Browser is directed to Gale collection menu and user logged on as userID associated with registered SourceIP
SourceIP recognition not enabled AND browser is on registered network or IP address Browser is directed to Gale authentication dialog; user is prompted for username and password

Start URLs can be extended to modify the logon behavior

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/{userID}
  
(e.g., http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas)
If... ...then
SourceIP recognition enabled AND browser is located on registered network or IP address Browser is directed to Gale collection menu and user logged on as userID associated with registered SourceIP
SourceIP recognition not enabled AND browser is on registered network or IP address Browser is directed to Gale collection menu and user logged on as userID asserted in URL's path_info (e.g., 19zyas)

The {userID} is a shared logon credential; it identifies the user as a member of a particular user group or identifies the user's institutional affiliation. (Gale does not, at this time, issue individual user credentials.)

Use the common URL stem when

- several user groups (campuses, branch libraries, etc.) need to share a common link to Gale resources,
   _AND_
- a discrete network IP address (or range) can be associated with each user group

Use the extended URL, with {userID}, when use of the common URL stem is impractical or impossible (i.e., several user groups, with their own logon credentials, share a common network IP address space).

Customize InfoTrac Start URLs

Site administrators are encouraged to create links that shorten the path of discovery to Gale online resources. One way to do this is to create product-specific links on the library website and direct users straight to the search dialog for each database. This is done by coding the product's ID in the start URL's query data. For example, using the userID 19zyas, the URL

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas?db=CPI

will direct the user to the search dialog for CPI.Q (the Canadian Periodicals Index), and bypasses the Gale collection menu.

If the site uses a shared, common start URL (like those used on the Gale/ERAC home page), the product ID can still be added to the URL's query data:

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb?db=CPI

The following table lists the databases, database codes, and their product specific start URLs, using the 19zyas userID (ERAC licensed products only).

Product Name ID Example URL
Canadian Periodicals Index CPI http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas?db=CPI
Biography Resource Center BioRC http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas?db=BioRC
Student Resource Center SRC http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas?db=SRC
Virtual Reference Library GVRL http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas?db=GVRL
WEB FEET SP01 http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas?db=SP01
Professional Collection SP00 http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/19zyas?db=SP00

If you have questions about how to set-up links to Gale resources at your school or district, please contact martin.borg@cengage.com , or Gale technical support at

800 877 4253 option 4
gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com

If there is additional information you'd like to see on this site, please contact martin.borg@cengage.com .

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