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Last Updated: Jun 04, 2024     Views: 1076

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Forsyth Library Databases are for use by faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Please consult our policy for details. If this is your first semester at FHSU, you may still need to activate your Tigernet ID. If your TigerNetID has not been activated, your password will have 8 numbers followed by the first three letters of your birth month.  Activate your TigerNetID at:  Allow approximately four hours for your password to be activated. If you were not enrolled last semester, your library access will begin on the first day of classes.

If you are an active student, staff, or faculty member, you do not need to download anything, register, or pay to access Forsyth Library Database Content.

First, make sure you are accessing the database from the Forsyth Library A-Z Database list, or from a link in our Catalog, rather than going directly to the database website (i.e. Don't just type in "" into your url bar). Go to the library website ( and use the Search Everything Tool, or click Research Databases just below the search box.

If you are off-campus, after you click on the database you want to access, it should redirect you to input your TigerNet ID and password, just like if you were logging into Blackboard. It should look like this:

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If it does not prompt you with this step, try deleting the cookies and cache from your browser history. Sometimes saved data in the cache can interfere with the authentication process. Here are instructions for deleting the cache in Firefox and Chrome

If you don’t feel comfortable with this step, try just using a different browser. For example, if you have been using Google Chrome, try switching to FireFox or Safari.

You'll also want to make sure that there isn't a firewall or other security measure preventing authentication. This is common when using workplace or public wifi networks, especially at public schools. If you are in one of these locations, try again from a different wifi network, preferably at home, after clearing your cache. 

If you are still having access problems after trying these steps, please Ask a Librarian via chat, text, email or phone.


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