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GeoLocation Authentication - Frequently Asked Questions

What is GeoLocation authentication?

GeoLocation is an authentication method that allows users to authenticate into EBSCOhost databases and services, including EBSCO Discovery Service, via the verification of a users physical location based on the  IP address.

How does GeoLocation authentication work?

When a user clicks on an EBSCO URL containing the authentication parameters authtype=geo and geocustid=xxxxx, their IP address is compared against EBSCO's master GeoLocation database to verify there is a match. If a match is present, the user is authenticated into the service.

If no match is present, the system attempts to authenticate the user via the next available authentication type in the URL. If no other authentication type is present, the user is presented an error message that the system is unable to authenticate them.

When is GeoLocation authentication most useful?

GeoLocation is a useful authentication method if you would like to provide access to large groups of regionally-based users, such as those accessing Public Library or Statewide subscriptions.

GeoLocation can be used to authenticate users based on:

  • Country
  • State
  • Zip Code (City/County)
How does GeoLocation work with EBSCOhost Connection?

GeoLocation authentication also allows EBSCOhost Connection users to authenticate to EBSCOhost based on their location, checking authentication types in the following order:

  • Cookies
  • IP address
  • Zip Code
  • State
How is GeoLocation authentication set up?

GeoLocation authentication is enabled in EBSCOadmin by EBSCO Support.




(Related terms: geoauthentication, geo-authentication)