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Incorrect username/password[edit]

When I click on "access collection" for any collection that I have access to (or should have access to—I'm not sure if there's a difference) I'm taken to a page on that tells me I've entered an incorrect username or password, and prompts me to try again to login. I can't find any guidance on how to get past this. Can anyone help? – Arms & Hearts (talk) 23:41, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

Please try logging out and in to the Library Card platform, and also navigate to and then trying again. Let me know if that helps. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 00:03, 27 November 2020 (UTC)
No, that makes no difference. I've tried logging out through the Library Card site, through Wikipedia and through the logout link, and tried Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Same result each time. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 13:10, 27 November 2020 (UTC)
@Arms & Hearts: Has this ever worked for you? I'm wondering if it has something to do with your username. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:56, 27 November 2020 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): No, I don't believe I've ever tried to use TWL in its current form prior to yesterday. I did have access to Highbeam in 2012–13, but from what I recall it was an entirely different system then. It could be my username as you say, the ampersand does sometimes cause problems. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 18:21, 27 November 2020 (UTC)
@Arms & Hearts: Looks like that is the culprit, I just reproduced the issue with a test account containing an ampersand. I've logged this at T268892 and we'll get to it once an engineer wraps up their current task. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:34, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): Great, thanks for looking into this. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 12:56, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
@Arms & Hearts: We've just pushed a fix - can you check if this works for you now? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:28, 2 December 2020 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): Yes, it's working now. Thanks again for your help. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 16:39, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

JSTOR institution[edit]

If I follow a link to an article that's on JSTOR, then try to log in to view it, I end up at and get no matches for "wikipedia", "wikimedia" or "wiki". So to access, I need to open another tab, navigate to TWL, and log in to JSTOR from there.

Their page says “Only institutions that have provided a single-sign on or proxy access link are listed.” Is there some URL we can supply to them to simplify the process?

Pelagicmessages ) – (16:27 Sat 28, AEDT) 05:27, 28 November 2020 (UTC)

@Pelagic: If you preface whatever URL you're trying to access with it should work. For example this article is accessible through this URL. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:29, 28 November 2020 (UTC)

Access to sources[edit]

@Samwalton9 (WMF): with a few websites, I've noticed that I don't have much access via TWL to the sources they offer. For example, I can access very little via Cambridge. There's a button to suggest the sources to the librarian (i.e. TWL), but nothing has ever come of it. Today I tried to access an article via Grove Music Online, but again I can see only the abstract when signed in with TWL.

Can anything be done to increase our access as TWL subscribers? SarahSV (talk) 22:21, 28 November 2020 (UTC)

SarahSV, Grove Music seems to be providing full-text access for me - is there a particular article you're not able to access? Nikkimaria (talk) 22:52, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
It's this one: Stephen J. Adams (2001). Pound, Ezra (Loomis). Grove Music Online. Not logged in, I can see down to "In the 1930s local concerts sponsored by Pound in Rapallo formed a model for the 1939". Logged in via TWL, I can see even less. I've tried with two browsers. SarahSV (talk) 23:29, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
It's okay. It has been explained to me that I have to click on the name. This is like me not clicking on the terms of use with Gale. I wonder if it's something similar with Cambridge. SarahSV (talk) 00:32, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
@SlimVirgin: Cambridge is a different case - our access expired and we're working with them on a new agreement to get it reinstated. In the meantime we only have access to free content. Sorry that's not clear, we don't really have a good way to flag that to users right now. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:19, 30 November 2020 (UTC)
Sam, thank you for explaining. SarahSV (talk) 01:38, 4 December 2020 (UTC)
@SlimVirgin: Just a quick heads up that Cambridge content should now be reactivated :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:38, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade[edit]

Of potential interest to Wikipedians is Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade, which is "a robust, open-source architecture to discover and explore nearly a half million people records and 5 million data points. From archival fragments and spreadsheet entries, we see the lives of the enslaved in richer detail." A bit more information from their website:

Explore or reconstruct the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade.

Read short biographical sketches about people associated with the historical slave trade–both prominent figures and also those lesser known.

Search over numerous datasets and reconstruct the lives of people involved in the historical slave trade. Browse interconnected data, generate visualizations, and explore short biographies of enslaved and freed peoples.

Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is a digital academic journal that publishes original, peer-reviewed datasets about the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants drawn from the documents produced from the fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

Mark D Worthen PsyD (talk) [he/his/him] 19:02, 3 December 2020 (UTC)

2020-12 Times of London[edit]


Could somebody send me a copy of this article published in the Times of London? Visite fortuitement prolongée (talk) 20:33, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

Visite fortuitement prolongée, you'd probably be better off posting this at Wp:RX. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:35, 23 December 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. Visite fortuitement prolongée (talk) 21:32, 23 December 2020 (UTC)

Unsubscribing from a resource[edit]

I've been granted access to the Cochrane library, which I won't need for the foreseeable future. Is there a way to unsubscribe so that the next person on the waitlist can have it? Clayoquot (talk | contribs) 23:54, 29 December 2020 (UTC)

For that resource, at the moment no. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:49, 30 December 2020 (UTC)