Tutt Library Research Guides
Database not working? Try these solutions to common problems.
A link isn't working?
On Campus: Sometimes, for technical reasons, the library's special link won't work. If you're on campus, you can remove the "proxy wrapper" and try the plain URL.
The proxy prefix is http://coloradocollege.idm.oclc.org/login?url=
For example, JSTOR's URL (link) is usually http://coloradocollege.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.jstor.org. Remove the proxy prefix. The link becomes http://www.jstor.org/
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to report this issue.
Off campus: Be sure that you are using the library's links and not trying to reach a resource though Google or another search engine. The plain URL will not work off campus for most subscription resources. The proxy wrapper tells your browser to go through a service called EZProxy, hosted by a major library vendor called OCLC, for whichever resource you're trying to access.
You will be asked to log in to the system with your CC login credentials, similar to logging in to Banner or Outlook email. If you encounter a problem with your login, please contact ITS.
For example, JSTOR's URL (link) was http://coloradocollege.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/. Remove the 0- and .tiger.coloradocollege.edu from the first part of the URL. The link becomes http://www.jstor.org/
Then add our new EZProxy prefix, http://coloradocollege.idm.oclc.org/login?url=
So the new jstor link is http://coloradocollege.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.jstor.org
Sometimes there is no quick fix, but there might be a "slow" fix! Please report errors to the Reference Desk at 719-389-6661.
Down for maintenance
E-resource systems occasionally need to be taken down for maintenance, whether it's routine or emergency. Let us know if you are experiencing a service outage due to maintenance, and we will contact you when the system comes back up.
We don't subscribe to this resource
If it's an electronic resource that requires a subscription, and we don't have one, you may be out of luck. Unless, of course, we can get a trial set up quickly. You can request articles through ILL (Inter-library Loan). If an electronic resource is available at a state university library nearby, you may be able to use it on their computers if you can get transportation there. You may also try local public libraries.
We have access to an e-journal, but not the years you need.
Many of our subscriptions do not cover an entire run of a journal. If you try to retrieve an article from outside of the subscribed date range, you may get a screen that offers a login or purchase offers. Please double-check the dates in Find Journals or Tiger, and make sure we don't have the article in our print periodicals section. You can request articles through ILL. If Find Journals or Tiger clearly states that we should have access to a date but the website won't give you access, please contact Diane Westerfield at (719) 389-6661 or email@example.com.