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Troubleshooting: Getting Started

Troubleshooting e-resources

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Troubleshooting common library problems

There are a few common difficulties that crop up every so often when accessing library resources.  I've compiled the most common problems together in this page.  This page will change as the resources change. 

Please review the various scenarios to see if you can troubleshoot the problem.  If not, please report all problems to Carolyn DeLuca (  Provide the following information:

  • description of the resource you were trying to use and what happened (include screen shots)
    • page you clicked from (provide URL)
    • copy the exact error message, if available
  • browser and version number being used (e.g., Internet Explorer 10, not just IE vs. Firefox vs. Safari). Knowing version number  will help
  • whether it happened on- or off-campus
  • your/student's contact info so I can follow up

This will help me in helping you.


Often the patron will get to materials in a less-than-direct manner.  Please be sure to try the A-Z list of databases for troubleshooting purposes. If GET IT fails, try A-Z JOURNAL TITLES.  Be sure to try SEARCH and BROWSE.  Sometimes in LibGuides a liaison will create a URL without reusing it. It may lack the Ezproxy or it may not be a PURL.