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    How can we test the EBSCOhost API outside of Primo?

    • Product: Primo
    • Relevant for Installation Type: Multi-Tenant Direct, Dedicated-Direct, Local, TotalCare


    How can we test the EBSCOhost API outside of Primo?


    To test and troubleshoot the EBSCOhost API without using the EBSCO search plug-in for Primo, follow these steps: 

    1. Modify the following URL to test the EBSCO API:
    2. In the URL replace the values for the following parameters:

      • The db= values with your EBSCO API DBs (see Additional Information).

      • The prof= value with your EITWS profile username (see Additional Information).

      • The pwd= value with the password for the EITWS profile.

      • The query= value with a term to be searched. The URL is already setup to use the value superman.

    3. Paste the modified URL into a browser.

    4. Examine the search results.

    Additional Information

    1. The {Base-Primo-Domain}/PrimoWebServices/xservice/search/brief/?institution={Institution-code} URL can also be used to test the EBSCO API if the IP address of your PC has been added to the WS and XS IP mapping table in the Primo Back Office. 

    2. The EBSCO database code can be found at

    3. Acquire an EITWS EBSCO profile account from the EBSCO Integration Toolkit at The profile username has a format of customerID.groupID.profileID.

    4. Check for all active EBSCO API DBs to the given profile at

    Category: API

    • Article last edited: 22-Dec-2018
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