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How do I create a direct link to Read It! from my library website?

To promote Read It! to your users, we recommend you insert a Read It! web button on your library website and create a direct link to your Read It! interface. This page describes the URL parameters needed to create direct links from your web page to your Read It! interface(s).

Right-click on the button image and save to your computer. To download a zip folder containing all available Read It! graphics, click here.


Building a Direct Link

When building your direct link, begin with the following URL stem:

Next, you can choose to add authentication and profile parameters to further target your URL.

Adding Authentication Parameters to your URL

Add an authentication parameter (authtype=) to your URL that determines the method used to authenticate your users.

The available authentication types are defined in EBSCOadmin and include the following:

  • uid = User ID and Password authentication
  • ip = IP Address authentication
  • custuid = Patron file authentication
  • cpid = Library bar code
  • url = Referring URL
  • Click here to see all available options.

Add the desired authentication parameters to your URL as shown:,uid

In this example, the “authtype” parameter calls for IP address authentication first and if the user’s IP is not matched, the user is prompted for a User ID and password.

Without profile parameters added to the URL, users will be linked directly to your Select Service screen, from which they can choose any one of your available EBSCO products. Therefore, we recommend creating a direct link to Read It!

Adding the Read It! Profile ID to your URL

Next, add the profile parameter (&profile=) to indicate which profile you want to target with the URL.

The profile ID is the code you entered into EBSCOadmin when you first created your Read It! profile. For example, you might have named your profile readit. Add the profile ID to your URL as shown:,uid&profile=readit

If you need assistance, please contact Customer Support.