Access problems

The page provides (hopefully) quick solutions to common access problems

Password issues

Problem: My password isn't working

Answer: Reset your password

This sort of problem can be managed through User Account Tools within myUNE. Using these tools you can:

  • Register for a new password.
  • Reset your password.
  • Change your password.
  • Re-enable your account (if you have been locked out).
  • Update your security questions.

Problem: My password doesn't work, but I know it is correct and I haven't been locked out

Answer: Check that Caps Lock are not on

Sometimes the answer is suprisingly simple.

  • Check that Caps Lock is not activated on your keyboard.
  • Type only your username NOT your email address (eg enter jsmith NOT or

Problem: My password works everywhere else but with one database

Answer: Contact the Library

A small number of electronic resources require a password other than your UNE username/password. Contact the Service Desk on (02) 6773 2458 for further nformation.

Browser issues

Problem: My browser doesn't seem to work with one or more resources

Answer: Is your browser too old?

Older browsers may cause problems with UNE systems. Please ensure that you have installed:

NOTE: Microsoft Edge (on Windows 10) is not currently supported and is incompatible with some UNE systems such as Moodle.

Please use Internet Explorer 10 as an alternative on Windows 10 or another compatible browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

Answer: Is the problem IE's compatibility mode?

Compatibility mode is a feature that tells your browser to render sites as if your browser was an earlier model of Internet Explorer.

In general, there are three ways to turn off compatibility view in Internet Explorer:

1. Unclick the Compatibility View button icon IE compatibility ucib on your browser's Address bar.

2. Adjust your settings using the Compatibility View menu item on the Tools menu.

  • Go to the Tools menu.
  • Compatibility view settings.
  • Unclick Include updated web sites list from Microsoft if this option is checked.
  • Unclick Display all websites in compatibility view if this option is checked.
  • Click on Close.

3. Use the Developer Tools panel to set your desired compatibility level.

  • Press F12 on your keyboard. This will display the Developer Tools panel.
  • Change your Browser Mode to 9.
  • Click on Document Mode to 9.
Answer: Are your browser settings correct?

UNE's Browser test page will check your browser to ensure that all relevant settings are set correctly.

Problem: Everytime I try to access a particular electronic resource, I get an error message or the resource does not load

Answer: Is the problem your browser's cache?

Caching errors are often the explanation when you cannot access a particular resources. Caching causes your brower to replay a previous failed attempt.

If so, you need to clear your cache or browsing history. Refreshing Your Cache provides instructions on how to do this.

Problem: I can't proceed because I am warned that cookies are not enabled or turned off

Answer: Turn on cookies

If you receive error message such as "cookies are not enabled", you need to turn on cookies on your browser.

To learn how to manage your cookies, see these pages:

Problem: My browser doesn't appear to work properly with a particular electronic resource, even though I can login

Answer: Is the problem due to the JavaScript settings on your browser?

Use the Browser test page to see if JavaScript is working on your browser. If not, you need to enable JavaScript.The Enable-JavaScript site will tell you how to do this.

If JavaScript is enabled on your browser, and you are still getting error messages, please contact the ITD Service Desk at or on (02) 6773 5000.

Problem: Java-based interactive content does not work

Answer: Is the problem due to the Java settings on your browser?

Use the Browser test page to see if Java is working on your browser. If not, install and enable Java from the Sun site. If Java is installed, but not switched on, see the advice on on how to enable Java from the same site.

Problem: After clicking a link inside a particular electronic resource, the new content I expect to see does not appear

Answer: Is the problem due to the pop-up blocker settings on your browser?

Use the Browser test page to see if a pop-up blocker is active on your browser.

Turn-off pop-up blockers on your browser or allow pop-ups for For information on turning-off your pop-up blocker, see

For further help with allowing pop-ups please contact the ITD Service Desk at or on (02) 6773 5000.


Problem: My password is correct, but I can't access one or more electronic resources from a particular computer

Solution: If you work at the Department of Defence or any other high-security installation, your office firewall may interrupt access to our electronic resources. Talk to the IT staff at your workplace or access our electronic resources from your home, an Internet Cafe or Public Library.

If the problem occurs at home, the cause may be the firewall/virus protection on your computer. Personal firewalls/virus protection software can also cause access problems. Temporarily disable your firewall/virus protection and see if that allows you to connect to the relevant resource.

Information on how to disable your firewall if available online.

If turning off your personal firewall/virus protection solves the problem, you might like to switch to Sophos, which is free to all UNE students.

Problems with Adobe PDF files

Problem: My computer tells me that does not have the software to view a PDF

Solution: Download and install Adobe Reader.

Problem: I can't read an ebook after downloading it to my desktop

Solution: Many ebooks require you to download and install Adobe Digital Editions.

Problem: I've got Adobe Reader, but I still can't view a PDF

Solution: If you have problems viewing or saving a PDF, change your Adobe Acrobat settings to ensure that the PDF is displayed outside your browser. If you a using Chrome and can only see the first page of a PDF from eReserve, EBSCOhost or ProQuest, the problem is probably the Chrome PDF Viewer. To resolve the problem:

  • Type chrome:plugins in the Chrome address bar.
  • Disable Chrome PDF Viewer.
  • Enable Adobe Reader.

See also the advice on Protected Mode below.

Problem: I can view PDFs, but not print them

Solution: If you can view an Adobe PDF file, but have trouble printing, you can:

  • Save the file to your hard drive before printing.
  • Print it on a different printer (preferably one with more memory).
  • Print the document one page at a time.

If none of these work, your reader software might be corrupted. Download a newer copy of Adobe Reader. This often fixes the problem.

Saving Adobe PDFs from eReserve

Problem: I can't save PDFs from eReserve

Answer: The problem might be Internet Explorer's Protected Mode

If are using Internet Explorer, the most likely reason is that your browser is operating in Protected Mode or Enhanced Protected Mode. Turn off both Protected Mode and Enhanced Protected Mode and see if this makes a difference. For information on how to do this, see the Microsoft support information on Protected Mode and Enhanced Protected Mode. If this is the problem, the easiest solution is to switch to another browser. If you wish to continue using Internet Explorer, you need to add to your list of Trusted Sites.

If Protected Mode is not the problem (or you are not using Internet Explorer), try to save the PDF in different ways.  Right-click on the PDF document in the Adobe Reader window and choose the Save command. Another option is to choose Save As from the File menu in Internet Explorer or Save Page As from the File menu in Firefox.

If none of this works, reinstall your copy of Adobe Reader or use a different browser.

Google Scholar

Problem: Google Scholar is blocking me from searching

Answer: Change your Google Scholar settings.

Google uses CAPTCHA to protect itself from bots (robots that trawl the Web downloading content). Whenever an address is sending Google Scholar an abnormal amount of traffic, Google Scholar will display a CAPTCHA message to users coming from that address.For unknown reasons, Google Scholar is sometimes unable to display the CAPTCHA tool correctly. In such cases, users might see different messages or be unable to complete the CAPTCHA task successfully, despite repeated attempts.

Fortunately, there is a quick solution. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch your browser.
  2. Go direct to the following Web address:
  3. Click on the  menu icon Google icon in the upper left.
  4. Click on Settings.
  5. Click on Library Links.
  6. Type University of New England in the Show library access links box.
  7. Click on the blue Search button.
  8. Click in the check box next to University of New England (AUSTRALIA) - Full-Text @ UNE.
  9. Click in the check box next to UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND – ProQuest Fulltext.
  10. Click on the cookies link below the Save button for instructions on ensuring that you have enabled cookies.
  11. Click on Save.

Next time want to search Google Scholar, just go back to

Problem: I am using the Google Scholar Search box on the Library home page and now I can't access full text by clicking on the journal title.

Answer: The set up for the Search box has been changed to avoid Google Scholar blocking UNE traffic at times of peak demand.

For some years the Library provided clients with a customised Google Scholar search box on our home page. The search box directed all search queries through EZproxy. Its use ensured that off-campus clients were able to access the full text of subscribed articles, rather than being turned away at paywalls.

The search box worked well for some time. However, any increase in traffic over regular levels now trips Google Scholar’s automatic CAPTCHA mechanism, blocking client access.  For this reason, the search box has been rewritten. EZproxying has been removed an extra hidden parameter added. Google Scholar will no longer flag UNE traffic as malicious, but clicking on an article’s title will no longer take clients to the full-text. Clients will need to use the Full_text_available@UNE link instead, sign in with their UNE username and password and go through Search (Primo) to view the full text.

If you want to access articles by clicking on their title, simply follow the instructions above and run all your searches from Google Scholar and not from the Librayr site or MyUNE>

eBook problems

Problem: I am having problems using ebooks

Answer: Seek advice from specialist support staff at the Libary

Contact the Library Service Desk on 02 6773 2458 to be referred to an ebook specialist or email


Problem: Wiley Online Library content is in ReadCube format

Answer: No action is required

ReadCube is a new desktop application for managing PDFs. Full-text content in the Wiley Online Library is now in the enhanced ReadCube format. However, you do not need to install any additional software to view this content.

The ReadCube desktop application is not currently supported at UNE. We do not advise downloading  the application from the link provided in Wiley Online Library.

If you do install ReadCube, you may find that you need to reset Adobe Reader as your default application for viewing PDFs. For advice, see Managing PDFs in your browser.

Garbled PDFs

Problem: Clients use satellite-based connections have problems reading clients Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files

Answer: Investigate the use of a virtual private network

Some clients with satellite-based NBN connections report issues with the downloading, reading and printing of Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files. PDFs appear as a string of garbled characters:

garbled pdf

Fortunately, a virtual private network (VPN), provides a solution. If you are a NBN customer, and are experiencing problems with PDFs, try a VPN like TunnelBear. TunnelBear is fast, easy to use, and free for downloads of less than 500 MB per month (so only use it when necessary, unless you want to buy the paid version). There is also a Chrome extension. Other free VPNs include Hotspot Shield Free, which has a much higher download limit (750MB per day), but a number of disadvantages.

If you need any help setting up your VPN, please contact the Library.

Further assistance

Contact the IT Service Desk on (02) 6773 5000, or phone the Library Service Desk on (02) 6773 2458. Online Student Enquiries are toll-free on 1800 059 735.