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Referring URL Authentication Helper

This page is provided as a means for customers to test referring URL authentication to the Ingenta Connect website.

Its recommended that you sign out from any existing sessions when testing referring url authentication. The website uses cookies and your browser may be rejoining an existing session rather than authenticating as a new user.

For Ingenta Connect to authenticate users by referring URL, the browser must send a Referer header when connecting to our servers. If the Referer header is not sent then authentication will fail. Use the information on this page to help debug links to this site and confirm that the required information is being sent by the browser.

Referer Header

If your browser has sent a Referer header when requesting this page then it will be displayed here:

Your browser has not sent a Referer header.

This may be due to any of the following reasons:

  • The referral was from a secure (https) page: for security reasons browsers do not send Referer headers from secure locations
  • The referral was via a client side redirect rather than server side redirect. While the effects are the same, these two mechanisms trigger different browser behaviour
  • Browsers only send Referer headers when a link was clicked on the referring page: place a direct link to this site on the page
  • Personal firewalls that "anonymise" web connections may, on occasions, strip out Referer headers. Consult your firewall documentation about how to disable this behaviour.

Current Authentication Details

You are currently recognised as the following users. If referring URL authentication has succeeded then one or more of the identities listed below will indicate the method of authentication:

+ Guest User: anonymous user
IP address:

If the browser has sent a referer header and the expected user is still not listed above, then it is possible that our authentication database does not contain this referring location. Contact the help desk or your account manager to have the configuration updated.

If referring URL authentication is succeeding when linking to this page but not to other locations on this website, then please check that you are using the latest link syntax. For example when linking to content do not link to the older or, instead link directly to the relevant location on

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