Accessing Web Computer Services
We now offer access to the Web Computer Services by both username and password
entry, and by IP address.
A summary of the two access modes follows.
When you begin a subscription, you will receive by e-mail details on your
username and password.
- When you try to access a protected page, you will be prompted for
your username and password. Both username and password are case
- The username/password mode of access is the only option if your IP
address is dynamically (or semi-permanently) allocated by your ISP.
- The subscriber should ensure that the username and password are
stored in a secure and convenient location.
- Your username and password are communicated to you by e-mail when
your account is setup. The username is referred to as the WebCS
id in older messages. The same username is used for the CS and
the ECS, but each set of services has a different password.
The advantage of using IP addresses to allow access is that the subscriber
does not need to remember or enter a username and password. It is the
subscriber's responsibility to inform us
from which IP address(es) they want
to access the services when the subscription begins or is renewed.
- Use of this access mode requires that the subscriber has a permanent IP
- It is a requirement of CS access that an e-mail delivery address for
the circulars be supplied.
- IP access will be available to both individuals and institutions.
- IP access can be granted to a single IP address (i.e., a.b.c.d)
or domains (i.e., a.b.c.* or a.b.*.*).
- Granting access to domains requires the subscriber to have an
license type: a type 1 license will not suffice.
- If you wish "n" single-user machines to have access, you will
require a license that allows at least "n" users.
- An appropriate
license type is also required for single IP addresses
located in libraries or common-access areas.
- Most institutions will require a type 12 license for common-access
machines. Small institutions may only need a smaller license
type. In such cases, the total staff/enrollment of the institution is to be
treated as the "number of readers": e.g., a 15-member institution
would require a type 3 license.
- If domain-access is granted, then we will periodically audit the access
from that domain. If the number of machines accessing the services is
larger than the number allowed by the license, you will either need
to obtain a
larger license or we will restrict access to individual IP
addresses (the number being determined by your current license).
- The ECS is not currently accessible using IP address validation.
you wish to take advantage of this access mode, you must send a list
of IP addresses or domains (NOTE: not host names) that desire access, along
with the account number, to
. In addition,
a declaration of the nature of the machine for which access is being
requested is required: either "This is a single-user machine" or "This
is a public-access machine". Failure to include such a declaration will
cause your request to be ignored, as will a failure to include the account
number and desired IP address(es).