Database Access

Off-Campus Access to Databases/Electronic Resources

Off-campus use of library databases and electronic journals is restricted to current faculty, students and staff.  At this time, alumni do not have access to electronic resources off-campus, but can use them by visiting an on-campus location.   If you are a current faculty, student or staff and having problems accessing these resources, please check the information below for a possible solution:

  • Make sure you are accessing the database or journal through the Library's website ( or the Library's Databases A-Z list (
  • Clear your browser cache and history, close the browser, then restart your computer
  • Are your browser and plug-ins up-to-date?
  • Try switching to a different browser
  • Some databases have a limited number of simultaneous users and may be temporarily unavailable because of high usage
  • Try accessing a different database to see if the problem is vendor/database specific.  If you can access a different database then please notify the Reference Desk (312-369-7153) or contact us through Ask a Librarian so we can contact the non-working vendor/database.

If you continue to experience access problems not addressed by the suggestions above, please contact the Reference Desk (312-369-7153) or Ask a Librarian.

On-Campus Access to Databases/Electronic Resoures

All library databases and electronic journals are accessible to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. If you encounter any problems accessing or using a database while on campus, please contact the Reference Desk (312-369-7153) or Ask a Librarian.

For additional information, please see the Computer & Electronic Resources Usage Policy.