Privacy and Cookies

Privacy Policy

Date last updated: 24th May 2018

Please see the Jisc privacy notice for information about how we manage personal data (at
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Date last updated: 24th May 2018

What are cookies and what are they used for?

Cookies are small text files that are stored by your web browser. They have a variety of uses including making web sites work more effectively and recording details of web site usage.

To find out more about cookies and how to manage them visit All About Cookies or You will find information about how to manage cookies on the major web browsers.

Note: if you stop Copac using cookies completely some facilities will no longer work.

How Copac uses cookies

Copac uses cookies for three main reasons:

  • To provide support for your research, eg. by recording your current search and display choices to use in preference to the defaults;
  • To provide a Shibboleth login to Copac;
  • To record general usage information to help us understand our users and ensure we are providing the right support. This allows us to ask questions such as: 'last month what proportion of Copac searchers used a mobile device such as an iPad?'

Details about Copac cookie use are given below.

Cookies for Access Management

We use cookies to allow you to sign in to Copac via the UK Access Management Federation Shibboleth Identity Provider. If cookies aren’t enabled on your computer, you will be unable to sign in. The Shibboleth cookies also ensure you are given the correct personalisation, for example your Search History.

The privacy policy of the UK Access Management Federation is available at:

The table below shows the Shibboleth cookies in use [checked 18/05/2018]

Name Purpose Expires
Name starts with _shibsession_ For the proper functioning of the Shibboleth single sign-on When you close your browser

Cookies for Functionality

These cookies are used on Copac to improve your website experience.

Name Purpose Expires
survey Survey:
For the Copac user survey we use a cookie to record whether you have completed the survey, to ensure you do not keep getting the survey prompt each time you go to our home page.
This cookie is only in use during the survey period, usually c. 4 weeks a year.
If you complete the survey the cookie expires at the end of the survey period.
If you select 'not today' the cookie expires 24 hours later.
24 hours or end of survey
SID Session ID:
Your session ID is recorded in a cookie. This ties together all the elements of your search session making the search process more efficient.
When you close your browser
SEARCH-FORM Search Form:
We use cookies to record the search form you last used.
This means your chosen option will override the default whilst you continue to search.
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.
1 year
BRIEF_VIEW Search result display:
We use cookies to record the style of result display you last used.
This means your chosen options will override the default result display format whilst you continue to use Copac
1 year
MYREF_VIEW My References display:
We use cookies to record the style of My References display you last used.
This means your chosen option will override the default display format whilst you continue to use Copac.
1 year
COPAC_GBS We display Google Book Search links within Copac, where relevant. The default for this facility is not to set a cookie.
If you sign in to Copac, then to opt-out of this facility you can de-select the Google Book search option on the Copac 'Settings' page. We use a cookie to record your wish not to see Google Book Search links.
The Google Books privacy policy is available at:
1 year
PAGE_SIZE Search result display:
This cookie is used to remember your preferred page size in the search result display.
1 year
cookiebar This cookie is used to record your acknowledgement of our use of cookies 1 year

Cookies for Measuring Website Usage (Google Analytics)

Copac and Jisc use Google Analytics to gather information, which helps Jisc understand how the service is being used and identify areas for improvement. You can find details about how Google uses data at: If you wish you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, see:

Details of general Jisc cookie use is given at

The table below shows the Google Analytics cookies in use [checked 18/05/2018]

Name Purpose Expires
_ga Used to distinguish users. 2 years
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
_gat Used by Google Analytics to minimise impact on the site's performance 1 minute

Accessibility Statement

We have tried to make the Copac service, with its supporting web pages, accessible to everyone. Web accessibility is an ongoing concern which we work to improve; if you find you are having difficulties, either in searching Copac or using the website, please let us know and we'll see what we can do to help resolve the problem.

You can contact the Copac Helpdesk at: (please state that your enquiry is for the Copac team).

Materials contained on this website are subject to copyright and other proprietary rights.

For content supplied by Nielsen Book Services Ltd:

"Copyright in any bibliographic data and cover images supplied by Nielsen Book Services Limited is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited or by the publishers or by their respective licensors: all rights reserved."


The Copac service has taken all reasonable care to ensure that the information contained in this website is accurate on the stated date of publication or last modification.It is possible that the information may be out of date, incomplete or the opinion of the author. It is advisable that you verify any information from this website before relying on it.

If you are aware of any errors within the site, please contact the Copac Helpdesk at (please state that your enquiry is for the Copac team).

The Copac service accepts no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information and material contained on this website or any site you may access through this site.

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content and/or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. The Jisc privacy statement applies solely to information collected by Jisc services.

Copac record displays may include material drawn from external services or document specific links to relevant material provided by an external service. In some cases this results in the provision of your computer's IP address and the relevant document identifier (eg. ISBN) to the external service in order to enhance the records with document specific information or links.