Tips for Using the Cognella Digital Library

1. First thing’s first; set up an account. 

While the Cognella Digital Library will allow you to search for materials without setting up an account, certain actions, including previewing readings or compiling a list of materials for a project, can only be performed if you’re logged in.

To set up your log-in, click Create Account in the upper right-hand corner of the library homepage and input your information. You’ll receive an email when one of our librarians has approved your access.

If you ever have trouble logging in or need to reset your password, send an email to librarian@cognella.com.

2. The library is not compatible with iPhones or iTablets. 

Please use Windows, Mac, or other non-iOS systems to access the library. Google Chrome is a recommended browser, although you may need to enable Adobe Flash Player to preview readings (more information below).

3. Get specific with your search.

When looking for readings in the library, use targeted filters and keywords to narrow your search. If your search is too broad, the library may prioritize efficiency over volume and display a single item, rather than providing the full list of readings and resources available.

To narrow your search, type a keyword in the search bar in the upper right-hand corner of the site, then click the Advanced Search drop-down menu. Select additional filters including Discipline, Publication Type, Author, Publication Year, and more to refine your results.

4. To preview readings within the library, you’ll need to install and/or enable Adobe Flash Player.

When you click the magnifying glass icon to preview a reading in the library for the first time, your screen will display the following message:

Click on the link that will redirect you to the Adobe Flash website. At that time, you’ll receive different prompts and options depending on the type of web browser you’re using. Click your preferred browser type in the tabs below for detailed instructions.

If you use Google Chrome, Flash will already be installed, so you won’t require the download. However, Flash is not automatically enabled, so you’ll need to enable it manually.

A new dialog box will pop up stating that the site wants to run Flash, as shown below:

Click Allow. Then, click the Secure notice at the top of the page. The following menu will appear on your screen:

Click the dropdown and select Always allow on this site, so that Google Chrome remembers your preferences and you won’t need to enable Flash each time you visit the library.

If you use Firefox, you will likely need to install Flash. Follow the prompts on the Adobe Flash website to complete the install.

Once Flash is downloaded and installed, you’ll receive the following message when you try to preview a reading in the library:

To enable Flash, click Remember this decision and Allow in the pop-up notification.

If the pop-up doesn’t appear, click on the plug-in icon at the top of the page and check the box labeled Remember this decision to save your browser preferences.

If you use Microsoft Edge, you will likely need to install Flash. Follow the prompts on the Adobe Flash website to complete the install.

Once Flash is downloaded and installed, you’ll receive the following message when you try to preview a reading in the library:

Click Always allow to enable Flash and save your browser preferences.

If you’d ever like to adjust your preferences, click the puzzle piece icon in the upper right-hand corner to display your options.

If you encounter any issues or need help while searching the library, feel free to use our Chat with a librarian feature during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. You can also contact a digital librarian via email at librarian@cognella.com.