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NEW Database FAQ

Many common problems can be identified and solved using our Database Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ). If you don't see your problem listed here or if you still can't resolve it, of course you can always contact us.
Help us help you by including us a much detail as possible: which database(s) you tried, what type of computer you're using (PC or Mac, mobile device, etc), browser type (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari), the text of any error messages you've received (reading to us on the phone, or copying and pasting the text and /or sending a screenshot is especially helpful) etc.

 

If your FIT account isn't working and you need to access similar databases right away, try Online Resources for Non-FIT Students

1. Why can’t I get into the databases?
2. I logged in with my user name and password , but I’m still not able to get all the way into the database I want—now what? 

3. I tried to create an account at the database I want, but it still doesn’t work--why not?

4. I’m still stuck—what can I do? 

Question/
Problem

Possible explanation

How to resolve it

1) Why can’t I get into the databases?

You’re not a current FIT student or employee

You must be a currently registered FIT student or current employee to use FIT databases remotely. Alumni do not have access.


Try
Databases available to Non-FIT students

 

You don’t know your user name and password

To access our databases, use the same user name & password that you use for MyFIT, Angel, FIT e-mail and for logging on to campus computers. If you aren't familiar with the proper format, click for details. If you changed your password from the default (birthday) password, use the new one.

 

 

You forgot your password or it expired

See IT for FIT for information on resetting or retrieving your password.

 

Pop-ups are blocked

 

All databases require login with an FIT user name & password; often the screen that requests it shows up as a pop-up. If so, disable pop-up blocker for this site.

 

Using a computer that has a firewall or anti-virus software on it (e.g. a computer at work or in a public place, your own computer where you can change settings)

The problem may be the security settings on your computer, a firewall, or virus- blocking software
This is a common problem when using a computer at work.
We suggest that you do not disable security settings on an office computer, but instead talk to your company's IT department about a solution. Try checking whether your computer is blocking cookies from FIT or from the specific databases you are trying to open. You may need to ask about changing security settings to be able open the page(s).

For help with these technical issues only, contact:
your workplace IT department (for computers at your work)  OR
IT for FIT if you're using your own computer
212 217-HELP for students,
212 217-TECH for faculty or staff

2) I logged in with my user name and password , but I’m still not able to get all the way into the database I want—now what?

Some databases require extra log in steps, creating an account and/or registering at their site. You have to log in each time you use that site.

These procedures change often , so even a database that you used before may not work the way it used to

Always access Databases through the Databases list, so you’ll see the most up-to-date instructions. Also check Database News & Notes for any additional updates or tips.

Sometimes you will need to create an account with a specific database (e.g. Stylesight, Mintel) and then you have to follow exactly the instructions given on that site.

Often you will have to use your FIT e-mail address (not Gmail, Yahoo, etc) to register . You can generally pick your own password , which
does not have be the same as your FIT password; remember that you have to change your FIT password periodically so that if you use the same one initially when you register at a database, you might get them mixed up later on.

Once registered with/in a database, it usually asks you to log in with your 
e-mail; make sure that it's in the form of a full e-mail address (e.g.
firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu )  not just the username (firstname_lastname ) that you would use to log into computers on campus, MyFIT, the general database access login, etc.
This step generally appears after you have logged into the FIT network.

Be patient; even when you have to log in up to 3 times-- with different user names and passwords--the process is pretty quick. But if you're stuck, please let us know and 
ask us to help you resolve the problem.

 

 

Some databases or sections of databases don’t work well or at all in certain browsers.

Generally, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox all work but others like AOL’s browser, may not. If one doesn’t work, try another. Look at any compatibility notes or warnings posted on the Databases pages, or on Database News & Notes .

 

3) I tried to create an account at the Database I want, but it still doesn’t work--why not?

You used the wrong e-mail (non-FIT)

OR tried user name rather than full e-mail

Use your FIT e-mail address (not Gmail, Yahoo, etc) to register .You can generally pick your own password , which does not have be the same as your FIT password; remember that you have to change your FIT password periodically so that if you use the same one initially when you register at a database, you might get them mixed up later on. Occasionally the database will assign you a password rather than let you choose.
Sometimes you have to get a confirmation e-mail to click through before you can continue. Also note if you are assigned a password or any other information you need to know to continue. 

Once registered with/in a database, it usually asks you to log in with your 
e-mail; make sure that it's in the form of a full e-mail address
(e.g.
firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu )  not just the username 
(
firstname_lastname ) that you use to log into computers on campus, MyFIT, the general database access login, etc. This step generally appears after you have already to logged into the FIT network.

 

You have to get a confirmation e-mail before you can continue

Check your e-mail (usually your FIT e-mail) for the confirmation message, note any special instructions, and then click through to get into the database.

4) I’m still stuck—what can I do?

There may be a temporary problem with a specific database or with the entire log in system

If one database doesn’t work, try a different one. If you’re only having trouble with one, it’s probably an issue on that site only. Wait a few minutes and try again.
If several don’t work, there may be a temporary network problem. Wait a few minutes and try again.

 

 

There may be an problem we haven’t addressed here

Let us know! We may be able to talk you through a solution.

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