Clearing your web browser's cache is the most common fix for access errors. Depending on your setup, there are other tests to help isolate issues. If you contact a librarian on chat for support, they may ask you to try these tests and report results.
To test your configuration:
When seeking help, try to:
The most common solution for access errors is clearing your web browser's cache. The cache is a local folder on your computer for files known as "cookies" that can track and identify your activity on websites. Expired cookies can prevent successful MyID authentication.
Clearing your browser cache will log you out of most websites that require login. It will NOT remove locally saved passwords. It is best to save or complete work via sites that require login (eLC, financial accounts, social media) before clearing the browser cache.
Steps for clearing cache by browser:
UGA MyID: MyID is an important credential used to authenticate a wide variety of UGA services. If you cannot login with your MyID on any UGA site, please contact EITS for assistance.
UGA Libraries' Account: each library user (patron) has an account that allows loans, requests, and access to electronic resources. Patron accounts may need manual activation due to technical irregularities or change of affiliation with UGA. Contact Access Services at email@example.com to correct account status errors.
Internet Connectivity: A stable Internet connection is required to access electronic resources.
Firewall/Software/Hardware Errors: Your computer, mobile device, or home Internet infrastructure may have software or settings that interfere with access and connectivity. Try accessing content via data versus wifi to explore that possibility.
Web Browser Settings: Application specific settings can cause errors. Possible solutions include clearing the web browser cache, trying an alternate browser, and deactivating extensions.
Links to content: Locating a resource and loading full text content requires a chain of interactions between UGA Libraries' discovery tools and third party servers. This chain must successfully verify what content is available, that UGA Libraries has access to the content, and that patrons are active UGA affiliates. Information must be accurately loaded into systems and all hardware and software components must perform in tandem. Errors in this chain cannot be resolved by individual patrons and should be reported to UGA Libraries' tech support via chat or email form unless already noted on UGA Libraries' systems status page. Staff will work with vendors and content providers to resolve disconnects and will follow up if access has been restored.
Sometimes, full text access is not immediately available. While not technically an error, it can still be a road block when working. If you are unsure, librarians on chat are happy to confirm the availability of full text. If none is available directly, the best recourse is to make a request via Interlibrary Loan.
Sometimes you will click through a link and get to the vendor or publisher's site with an error that the content is not found. Things to try:
Look for links on the site for browsing to specific volumes/issues. Sometimes the article is there, and there was just a problem with the structure of the referring link.
Search for the containing journal in GIL-Find, and choose a full text link that indicates coverage for the date of the desired article. Use the tools on the publisher's site to browse to the volume/issue that has the article you need.
Sometimes full text access is indicated, but links to reach it create a circular loop through the same few referring pages. Contact a librarian on chat for assistance. They may be able to get you the content via an alternate method, and will create a tech support ticket to have the confusing loop corrected.