Report a Database Access Problem

Please use this form to report any technical problems you may experience accessing any of our databases or other electronic resources (e-journals, e-books, library catalogue etc.).

Please follow these troubleshooting tips
before submitting a problem report!

Using a computer outside of Seneca College to access our electronic resources means that you are using a system that may have applications or configurations that block access to resources and applications over the Internet.

If you get an error message such as Access Error, Insufficient Credentials or You are attempting to access ProQuest from a page that has not been properly authorized, chances are that information (cookies, referring URL) required for remote access is being blocked by your computer. Blocked cookies or firewalls are the two most frequent reasons for failure to connect to our resources remotely.

The following are the most frequently reported remote access issues:

Make sure that your cookies are enabled in the browser

Check your browser's security settings to make sure that it accepts cookies.

ProQuest's Browser Health Check at checks your cookies and other browser settings.

To enable your cookies, follow these instructions:

Note: Internet Explorer 7+ has an embedded phishing filter - you may have to disable this functionality in order to access our resources.

Make sure that your referral URLs are not blocked

Check whether you are blocking referral URLs by clicking this link: If you do not see any values in "Referring URL=", chances are that your computer contains software products that block referral URLs. Alternatively, use ProQuest's Browser Health Check at

Specific troubleshooting instructions for EBSCOhost products (Academic Search Premier etc.) are available at

Check your Windows Operating System

Windows XP SP2 users, please note: Window's Firewall is turned on by default. To adjust or disable the firewall, follow these Microsoft instructions. If you know how to manually open ports, use the following instructions on how to manually open ports 2048-2200.

Check if you have a firewall

Check the manuals of your home networking devices (such as wireless access points or broadband routers) to determine if they include built-in hardware firewalls.

If you are uncertain whether a software firewall has been installed on your computer (for PCs with Windows), click Start, and then All Programs. Look to see if a firewall program is installed. Commonly used software firewalls for home users include: McAfee, Symantec, and Tiny Personal Firewall.

Configure your (non-Microsoft) firewall
Disable your firewall temporarily or adjust your firewall to allow connections to ports 2048-2200.
Make sure that Java is installed / enabled on your browser

Some resources (e.g., CSA's PsycARTICLES) may use Java applets and require you to have the latest Java version on your browser.

If you are not sure if Java is installed, click the following link:
Not sure how to "enable" JAVA in your web browser?? Instructions can be found here:

If none of the above resolves your access issues, try the following:

1. If you cannot log in, check the login screen - is it a Seneca College / Seneca Libraries page? If not, chances are that your cookies are disabled or that the service is unavailable.

For Seneca College / Seneca Libraries login screens, make sure that you have entered your learn account and password correctly. Try logging into MySeneca to test your access.

On Seneca Libraries login screens, make sure you have selected the correct account type: Seneca Student (or Seneca Employee, for faculty and staff).

2. Check the browser and Web site

Check your browser Make sure you are using Internet Explorer 5+, Netscape Navigator 7+ or Mozilla Firefox. You can check your browser version with ProQuest's Browser Health Check.
Frames If you accessing the resource from within a framed environment (e.g., MySeneca), try opening the resource in a separate browser window. For Internet explorer and Books24x7, make sure that * and * are added as Trusted Sites (Internet Options > Security).

3. Other possible reasons why you may not be able to access the resource:

Submit a database problem report