Browser Help

Browser Check:

Javascript enabled?
Cookies enabled?
Pop-up blockers turned off?
Adobe Reader installed?
SSL enabled?
No SSL.
If you do not see a check mark, please enable SSL.

Other browser issues:

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Enable Javascript

Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Go under Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click the Security tab, select the Internet zone, then click Default Level. The level should now say Medium-High.
    setting security level
  3. Click Apply, then OK.
  4. Run Browser Check to make sure that Javascript is now enabled.

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Enable Cookies

Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Go under Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab, then click Default. The privacy level should now say Medium.
    setting privacy level
  3. Click Apply, then OK.
  4. Run Browser Check to make sure that cookies are now enabled.

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Turn Off Pop-up blockers

Be aware that some of the databases, as well asĀ find it buttons, make use of pop-up windows. If your browser, Google or Yahoo toolbar, security software, or any other pop-up blocking programs are set to block pop-ups, try turning the pop-up blocking feature off.

Tips for allowing single popup windows:

  • Try holding down the CTRL key while clicking on the link you are having trouble with; this may work with some popup blockers.
  • Also, in some cases, the information bar on your browser may allow you the option of displaying a blocked popup.

Tips for turning off or bypassing pop-up blockers:

Run Browser Check after turning off pop-up blockers to make sure the settings are now correct.

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Enable SSL

Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Go under Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab.
  3. Scroll down to where it says Security.
  4. Make sure that the following boxes are checked:
    Use SSL 2.0

    Use SSL 3.0
  5. Click Apply, then OK.
    ssl settings
  6. Run Browser Check again to make sure the settings are now correct.

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Clear previously saved passwords.

If your browser is set to store passwords, it may be trying to insert another password into the login form (where you type your ID number), preventing you from logging in successfully to library resources. Please try the following:

Internet Explorer 7

  1. Go under Tools > Internet Options.
  2. On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Delete.
    delete browsing history
  3. On the following screen, click Delete forms and Delete passwords (or just click Delete all) and follow the prompts. Close the Delete Browsing History window when done.
    deleting forms and passwords
  4. Try logging in again and see if you can now get in.


To avoid this problem in the future, you may wish to do the following:

  1. Go under Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click the Content tab, then look under the AutoComplete section and click SETTINGS.
    AutoComplete settings
  3. Then UNCHECK the option to use AutoComplete for user names and passwords on forms, and click OK.
    turning off AutoComplete

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Clear your browser's cache, cookies and history.

Sometimes previously stored items in the browser's cache, history or cookie files may interfere with access to a library database. To clear your browser's cache, history and cookie files, please see the instructions below.

Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Go under Tools > Internet Options.
  2. At the General tab, under Browsing history, click Delete.
    delete browsing history
  3. On the following screen, click Delete files, Delete cookies, Delete history (or just click Delete all) and follow the prompts.
    deleting files, cookies and history
  4. Close all open IE windows, restart IE and try the library databases again.


For more information, please see WebTycho's Internet Explorer help page.

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Need a browser upgrade?

Some database vendors do not support earlier versions of Netscape or Internet Explorer. We currently recommend IE 7+ or Firefox. To update your browser:

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Using AOL?

The AOL browser may or may not work with some databases. If you are an AOL user and experience difficulties, you may want to use AOL to get online but then use another browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, to access the databases.

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Using another institution's proxy server?

If your browser is set to use another institution's proxy server, it may interfere with logging into UMUC resources. Here is how you can check.

Internet Explorer 7:

  1. Go under Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click the Connections tab, then click the LAN settings button.
    LAN settings
  3. UNCHECK the option to Use a proxy server for your LAN and click OK.
    turning off proxy server

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