For those not familiar with cookies, these are small files that a web site may place on your computer. These cookies can be used for many different reasons, but on Copac they serve three main functions:
To provide support for your research
We set Copac cookies to record your current search and display choices. This allows us to present you with your chosen search or display option rather than constantly reverting to the default. It’s about letting Copac support your search and display preferences, thus being a little easier to use.
- For example, if you are searching for maps, each time you return to the search screen the Map Search form will be displayed. If we don’t use a cookie you will always be taken to the default Quick Search form and you’ll then need to select the Map search form again to do a new search.
We also use AddThis to provide a social networking facility, so you can share information more easily via a wide range of social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, or just via email.
To provide a Shibboleth sign in to Copac
Members of UK academic institutions will have a Shibboleth login, which you can use to sign in to Copac to gain access to additional facilities. In particular:
- The Search History, which you can use as a record of your research. You can edit this just to retain the most useful searches, add notes and tags, as well as edit and re-run previous searches.
- My References: As you review the results of your searches you can mark records of interest, adding these to My References. This is a reference list that you can edit, adding notes and tags to records, and selectively export records.
If you decide to block Copac cookies the Shibboleth sign in will no longer function.
To record general usage information
It is valuable for us to have access to information about how Copac is being used. This helps us to understand how people use Copac and to ensure we are providing the right support. It allows us to ask questions such as: ‘last month what proportion of Copac searchers used a mobile device such as an iPad?’ and to look at changing trends in use over time. We have seen big increases in mobile access over recent months so we know this is an area where we need to do further work on the Copac interface.
To gather this usage data we use Google Analytics. If you wish, you can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, see: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
There are full details about Copac cookie use on our ‘Privacy and cookies’ page http://copac.ac.uk/about/privacy-and-cookies/