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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.

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Literary Studies

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Description:

Literary Studies provides digital access to British and American literary manuscripts, rare printed works, and personal papers of a range of leading literary figures, as well as unique access to rare and obscure literary texts and genres. Includes : Personal papers, literary manuscripts and correspondence of Charlotte, Maria and Emily Brontë, holograph copies and early editions of books by George Eliot, and the collected writings, correspondence and literary manuscripts of Margaret Oliphant.

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Trial Ends: 06/02/2023.

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SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online

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Description:

This new multimedia collection has been designed to support novice or experienced social science researchers who are conducting research online. Whether conducting their first or their hundredth study online, users will find support to employ a variety of digital methods from online surveys, interviews to digital ethnography, social media, and text analysis, as well as learn how to manage, store and archive digital data. Privacy and other ethical considerations specific to conducting research online are also covered. Researchers will also get support with how to navigate the challenges of being supervised online.

Content & Features:

  • ‘How to Guides’ (providing practical help with using digital research methods);
  • Videos (tutorials, expert interviews, video case studies, etc.);
  • Case studies (focused on challenges of designing and conducting research online);
  • Teaching sets of data with a guide (suggesting a method to analyze both digitally created and existing online data, plus a step-by-step guide to how to do it so that students can practice data analysis);
Trial Ends: 26/02/2023.

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Ainosco Search

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Description: Ainosco Search provides full-text search with content preview across 40,000 books published in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Priority is given to Chinese academic books published in the past 10 years. The database also provides over 14,000 ebooks which can be accessed fully. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY LIMITED FULL-TEXT ACCESS DURING THE TRIAL. Please see the list of the full-text ebooks here.
Trial Ends: 28/02/2023.

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Airiti Library

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Description:

Airiti Library trial consists of three full-text databases of academic content produced in Taiwan:

  1. Taiwan Electronic Periodical Service (TEPS) provides full-text access to over 2,700 titles of academic journals published in Taiwan. It also includes some titles published in Hong Kong, Macau and other traditional regions using Chinese.  Contents cover six main fields from 1991 onwards: Humanities, Basic & Applied Sciences, health & Medical Care, Bio-Agriculture, Engineering, and Social Sciences.
  2. Chinese Electronic Dissertations (CETD) provides full-text Masters and PhD theses from over 20 outstanding universities in Taiwan, including National Taiwan University, National Chiao-Tung University, National Taipei University of Technology, National Tsing-Hua University, Tamkang University, etc. The period of coverage is from 2004 onwards.
  3. Conference Proceedings (CEPS Proceedings) collect significant conference proceedings held by various Taiwanese universities or scholarly associations from 1991 onwards. Contents cover the same six subject areas as TEPS. 
Trial Ends: 28/02/2023.

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Britannia and Eve, 1926-1957

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Formed in 1929 and owned by the Illustrated London News, this magazine marketed itself to a predominantly female readership, and especially to wealthy and conservative women. It maintained an emphasis on fashion, beauty and the home, and featured contributions from some of the most influential female artists and writers of the time. It became well known for the artistry of its illustrations and for its wide-ranging coverage. Given its popularity, eclecticism and influence, it provides critical insights into the history of fashion, gender history and British print culture.

Trial Ends: 03/03/2023.

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London Life, 1965-1966

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Launched in 1965, as a reincarnation of The Tatler, this title reflected all aspects of the life of London, conveying the spirit of the “swinging sixties”. It covered a wide range of topics from music, film, sexuality and gender, and the thriving nightlife of London’s west end. At the same time it captured the increasingly cosmopolitan and diverse nature of British society.

Trial Ends: 03/03/2023.

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The Sketch, 1893-1958

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Description:

The Sketch began publication in 1893 as a light-hearted sister paper to The Illustrated London News and described itself as ‘A Journal of Art and Actuality’. It was published weekly and was for ‘the cultivated people who in their leisure moments look for light reading and amusing pictures, imbued with a high artistic value’. The Sketch was the first newspaper to publish the short stories of Agatha Christie, who wrote 49 stories for the paper between 1923 and 1924.

Trial Ends: 03/03/2023.

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The Tatler, 1901-1965

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From 1901 to 1968 The Tatler was one of various publications owned by the Illustrated London News. It catered to an affluent and traditionalist audience, keeping them informed about the latest developments in British High Society. Focusing mainly on fashion, theatre and sports, The Tatler regaled readers with news and gossip about Britain's most prominent socialites, including aristocrats, athletes and actors. This collection yields valuable source material for researchers of British society in the early to mid-twentieth century, and of Britain's wealthy and powerful elite.

Trial Ends: 03/03/2023.

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American Fiction, 1774-1920

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Description:

American Fiction, 1774–1920 contains more than 17,800 titles and is comprised of prose fiction written by Americans from the political beginnings of the United States through World War I. It gathers extensive content in one place and allows researchers to explore the development of American literature in a changing culture through novels, short stories, romances, fictitious biographies, travel accounts, and sketches. The digital collection is based on authoritative bibliographies including Lyle H. Wright’s American Fiction: A Contribution toward a Bibliography, widely considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult prose fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and Geoffrey D. Smith’s American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography.

Trial ends:

12/07/2023

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Archives of Sexuality and Gender: International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture

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Description:

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture examines diversity in underrepresented areas of the world such as southern Africa and Australia, highlighting cultural and social histories, struggles for rights and freedoms, explorations of sexuality, and organizations and key figures in LGBTQ history. It insures LGBTQ stories and experiences are preserved. Among many diverse and historical 20th century collections, materials include: the Papers of Simon Nkoli, a prominent South African anti-apartheid, gay and lesbian rights, and HIV/AIDS activist; Exit newspaper (formerly Link/Skakel), South Africa's longest running monthly LGBTQ publication; Geographic Files, also known as "Lesbians in…" with coverage from Albania to Zimbabwe; and the largest available collection of digitized Australian LGBTQ periodicals.

NB The Library has purchased access to three other modules of the Archives of Sexuality and Gender database - these can be found on the A databases page.

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12/07/2023

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British Library Newspapers Part VI: Ireland, 1783-1950

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Description:

Part VI of British Library Newspapers adds additional titles published in Ireland in the late eighteenth, across the nineteenth and during the early twentieth centuries. A significant number of these are national publications but many are more regional from cities such as Dublin, Cork and Galway as well as more rural towns like Waterford, Tuam, Ballinasloe, and Birr. It will facilitate a range of scholarship across Irish Studies and British history, allowing researchers from the variety of disciplines to access several the most formative and informed newspapers and periodicals that illuminate various aspects of Irish history, society, economy, politics and religion. Key topics include nationalism and Irish independence; Fenianism; The Roman Catholic Church; Irish diaspora; establishment of the Land League; the Irish literary revival; and sport and leisure.

NB: The Library has purchased access to five modules of British Library Newspapers, which can be found on the B databases page.

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12/07/2023

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Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2021

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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.

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12/07/2023.

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The Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000

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Description:

Founded in 1903, the Mirror plays a pivotal role in the history of journalism. Peaking in 1967, with a daily circulation of 5.25 million, the newspaper has had a history full of highs and lows. Today, it is the only mainstream left-wing tabloid remaining in the UK. Gale's Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000 features more than 800,000 pages of brand-new, full text searchable, scans of the complete run of the Mirror from 1903-2000, including the Sunday Mirror.

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12/07/2023.

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

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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.

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12/07/2023

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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

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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.

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12/07/2023

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Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination

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Description: Bates Visual Guide is a video-based resource designed to support patient care skills development. The resources cover physical examination, communication and interpersonal skills, and clinical reasoning skills.
Note: Trial subscription until 31st Jul 2023. Please complete a trial feedback form if you would like the Library to continue to subscribe to this resource.

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