Fixing Common Online Access Issues
WSU Libraries offer access to many online resources, and many of those require a paid subscription to access. We do that by allowing only authorized users to get to those resources. Authorized users may come from either on- or off-campus. If you're on-campus, the Libraries will recognize your IP address and pass you directly through to the resource. Off-campus users will be asked to authenticate with their WSU Network ID and password.
I get a message saying I have entered incorrect information
This message shows when the system can't recognize your WSU Network ID and password, when you don't yet have a valid Network ID, or when you are not affiliated (not WSU faculty, staff or students). You can try the following options:
- Re-enter your ID and password.
- If you don't already have a Network ID, create one. You can use Information Technology Service's Network ID creation form and use your WSU ID number to set it up. Your WSU ID is on your Cougar Card.
My user name and Network ID are set up and entered correctly, but I still can't connect
- Try following these instructions for clearing your browser's cache.
Page “not found” or “page cannot be displayed” error
A “not found” or “page cannot be displayed” error message is usually due to a firewall blocking access to the ports that our applications use.
If you are using personal firewall software, such as BlackIce, Tiny, McAfee, Microsoft Internet Connection Firewall, or Norton Personal Firewall, you may need to configure your firewall as described below. Alternatively you can temporarily turn off your firewall, but we accept no responsibility for any attacks on your system while your firewall is inactive. Please refer to the documentation that came with your firewall application.
If you are behind a corporate or institutional firewall, you may need to contact your systems administrator with the port information listed in the table below. They can configure the firewall to allow your computer to communicate with our servers on these ports. Required Ports:
|8331||metalib.wsulibs.wsu.edu||22.214.171.124||Database lists and search functions|
|8888||lib6.wsulibs.wsu.edu||126.96.36.199||eJournal lists and search functions|
|2050 - 6000||ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu||188.8.131.52||Journals and databases access|
I get the message that my browser is not accepting cookies
I get the message that I'm “not allowed to view this resource”
We try to license resources for access by all of the WSU campuses, but there are many exceptions. If you are receiving the message that “You are not allowed to use this resource as it is not licensed for use by your campus” then that probably means that your campus was not able to be included in the license for the resource. If you think that you are receiving this message in error, please contact Access Services at 509.335.9671 and they can check to see if your patron record has been assigned to the correct campus. Please tell them which campus you are affiliated with when you contact them.
Please note: these resources are offered only to WSU faculty, staff and students. If you are not affiliated with WSU we cannot provide remote access.
None of these solutions works for me, and I still can't get access
Please use the Online Access Issues form to tell us what isn't working. We'll try to get back to you within 1 business day.