World Book Online provides many features that can be customized to your account. We provide these customizations using "Customer Identifiers," or Customer IDs.
World Book uses a variety of methods to identify a subscriber's account, including account number, username and password, IP address, and referring URL.
The account number is appended to the URL to identify a subscriber's account. Example: www.worldbookonline.com/?subacct=12345 represents Account 12345. This is the preferred method of identification, as it will correctly identify users belonging to a specific account within a consortium using proxy servers or users belonging to a subaccount within a larger account. This also allows for usage reports to be reported by account or levels of subaccounts.
Account Administrators can access their subscription's personalized URL in the following locations:
Username and password can also be used to identify the users who are accessing World Book Online from your institution. This combination is unique to your institution and should not be shared with others.
IP authentication may be used for both authentication and identification if your institution has IPs that are unique to your institution and are not shared with others. If your institution is part of a consortium, or if there is a known proxy server in your network, please consult with your technical department.
Referring URL may be used for both authentication and identification if your institution has a secure webpage that is unique to your institution and cannot be accessed by non-subscribers.
Referring URL is appropriate for linking users at home from your institution’s website to World Book Online. Your website must have its own authentication method such as username and password to prevent unauthorized users on the Intenet from accessing your subscription. Read more about this method from our Home access FAQ page.
World Book Online uses customer IDs to provide a variety of customization options on a subscriber's account:
Questions? Contact World Book Online Support: