Library notices

Implementation of a new advanced library online security certificate

As part of the Unisa Library’s plan to minimise access problems concerning our web-based platforms and e-resources, the Library will be implementing a new advanced web security certificate on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Due to this, access to some of the databases might be affected temporarily. From Wednesday 7th February to Friday 9th February 2018, clients can expect the possibility of access problems and it is essential to report all access-related problems for the various Library platforms and e-resources to the following dedicated email address: We appreciate your cooperation in that regard.

What is a security certificate?

A security certificate keeps Internet connections secure by safeguarding clients’ sensitive data when sent between online servers and systems. It secures online transactions by preventing criminals from reading or modifying any information transferred within all web browsers and systems. A security certificate ensures that any data transferred between clients and sites, or between two systems or servers, remains impossible to read. (Symantec, 2017)

Taylor & Francis journals upgrade

 In order to keep clients secure online, Taylor & Francis will upgrade their platform from February 2018. If you are using an older version of the Internet Explorer browser to access the database, specifically Version 10 or earlier, you will receive an error message when trying to access the platform.

 It is essential, therefore, to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer in order to continue to access Taylor & Francis Online.