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E-Resources trials

The Library regularly arranges trials to new resources. Publishers are usually willing to provide trial access to allow us to use and evaluate a resource before making a decision about purchase.

 

Current trials

The services listed below are currently available for a trial period. They are listed by trial closing date.  Your feedback is important and helps to inform decisions about future subscriptions.

Please tell us what you think of the current trials using the feedback form (secured)

 

Al Manhal

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Description:

Al Manhal is the world’s only provider of an Arabic full-text searchable database of scholarly and scientific publications from the Middle East's, Africa's & Asia's leading publishers and research institutes. The resources provided include thousands of eBooks, eJournals, eTheses, intelligence reports, and conference proceedings.

Trial ends:

02/06/2024.

  Click here to provide trial feedback

 

BMJ OnExamination

Access information:

Access on and off campus. Individual username and password required - see below for instructions

Description:

Online question banks to help preparation for exams such as the Medical Licensing Assessment or Royal College exams such as MRCP, MRCS and FRCS. The questions are the same variety of question types as in the actual exams, and are based on published reports from  examination boards incorporating up to date clinical practice and information. The platform allows you to keep track of your own performance and focus your revision on subjects where you are scoring less well.

The trial has access to the following modules: MRCP Part 1, MRCP Part 2 Written, MRCS Part A 1 & 2, FRCS General Surgery, FRCS Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery and MLA

Instructions to create account:
  1. Go to BMJ OnExamination 
  2. Click the institutions tab in the top navigation:
  3. Click voucher code access; add our voucher code to the voucher box - click here for the voucher code (Scroll down to BMJ OnExamination).
  4. Click apply and choose the exam revision resource you want to trial from the drop down - choose only one resource.
  5. Follow the rest of the on screen instructions.
Trial ends:

06/06/2024.

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NoorLib (Noor Digital Library)

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Description:

Noor Digital Library is an online library for various subjects of Islamic sciences and Oriental studies, offering over 102,356 volumes of books by over 44,000 authors. Over 5,000 volumes are added to Noorlib's 230 collections every year.

Trial ends:

20/06/2024.

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NoorMags

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Description:

NoorMags are Noor's collection of specialized magazines and journals. With more than 1,600,000 articles from more than 107,000 authoritative and scientific journals, NoorMag is the largest database of articles in Islamic sciences, humanities, and Oriental studies. NoorMag content is increasing by over 100,000 additional articles per year.

Trial ends:

20/06/2024.

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SignWorld

Access information:

Access on and off campus. Username and password required - please refer to our Electronic resources: usernames page for details.

Description:

SignWorld is an online sign language learning tool aiming to provide a 21st-century way of learning British Sign Language. The learning and teaching products have been designed out of the creators' more than 20 years’ experience of teaching BSL and devising successful teaching methods, using their deep knowledge of learners' needs and their excellent relationship with networks of BSL teachers across the UK.

Trial ends:

22/06/2024.

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AM Explorer: Arts and Humanities

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Access on and off campus. If you encounter a time-out error, please allow a moment for the page to reload.

Description:

With over 120 thematic collections, AM Explorer is the gateway to a broad and diverse range of primary source content spanning the 15th to 21st centuries. AM’s collections provide full-text access to several million pages of digitised historical materials – manuscripts, government records, rare books, maps and more – across a wide range of disciplines, from History to English Literature, Gender Studies, Sociology, Economics, Area Studies, Political Sciences and more. 

Trial ends:

08/07/2024.

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Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2021

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Description:

A complete online, fully searchable facsimile, the Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2021 delivers the complete run of the London edition of this internationally known daily paper, from its first issue through 2021. Every article, advertisement, and market listing is included -- shown both individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day. Each item has been subject- or topic-categorized for fast retrieval and review.

Trial ends:

28/07/2024.

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World

Access information:

Access on and off-campus

Description:

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the 17th century to the late 19th century. Archival collections were sourced from more than 60 libraries at institutions such as the Amistad Research Center, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Archives, Oberlin College, Oxford University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Yale University; these collections allow for unparalleled depth and breadth of content.

Part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World charts the inception of slavery in Africa and its rise as perpetuated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, placing particular emphasis on the Caribbean, Latin America, and United States. More international in scope than Part I, this collection was developed by an international editorial board with scholars specializing in North American, European, African, and Latin American/Caribbean aspects of the slave trade.

Trial ends:

28/07/2024

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part III: The Institution of Slavery

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Access on and off-campus

Description:

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America and the rest of the world from the 17th century to the late 19th century. Archival collections were sourced from more than 60 libraries at institutions such as the Amistad Research Center, Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Archives, Oberlin College, Oxford University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Yale University; these collections allow for unparalleled depth and breadth of content.

Part III: The Institution of Slavery expands the depth of coverage of the topic. Part III explores, in vivid detail, the inner workings of slavery from 1492 to 1888. Through legal documents, plantation records, first-person accounts, newspapers, government records, and other primary sources, this collection reveals how enslaved people struggled against the institution. These rare works explore slavery as a legal and labor system, the relationship between slavery and religion, freed slaves, the Shong Massacre, the Demerara insurrection, and many other aspects and events.

Trial ends:

28/07/2024

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State Papers Online: Part IV: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council

Access information:

Access on and off-campus

Description:

State Papers Online, 1509-1714 ('SPO') offers a completely new working environment to researchers, teachers and students of Early Modern Britain. Whether used for original research, for teaching, or for student project work, State Papers Online offers original historical materials across the widest range of government concern, from high level international politics and diplomacy to the charges against a steward for poisoning a dozen or more people. The correspondence, reports, memoranda, and parliamentary drafts from ambassadors, civil servants and provincial administrators present a full picture of Tudor and Stuart Britain. Part IV includes State Papers Foreign, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council.

NB: The Library has purchased access to two modules of SPO - Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603 and The Stuart and the Cumberland Papers - which can be found on the S databases page.

Trial ends:

28/07/2024

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Expired trials

Expired trials are listed on a separate webpage. 

 

 

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Information about you: how we use it and with whom we share it

The information you provide will be used by the Library to support purchase decisions on trialled e-resources.

We will use the supplied information to contact you should there be any queries or problems with eg access issues, platform feedback.

We will use your e-mail address to alert you if the trial has resulted in a purchase/subscription.

We are using information about you because your feedback supports business cases for new e-resources and is part of our contractual obligation.

Further queries
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