Trial databases

The Library trials databases to get feedback on them from the University community and assess whether they should be added to the Library’s collection.

The database trials on the Library website are in line with the Collection Development and Management Policy.


We welcome your comments. Please feel free to send any feedback about our database trials to your subject librarian or the collection policy and development team.

Recommending resources

If you know of a resource you would like us to trial, please feel free to make a recommendation or talk to your subject librarian.

Current trials

  • What Everyone Needs to Know

    Oxford University Press hosts this eBook collection on complex current events. Each volume takes an event or complex issue and offers a balanced authoritative primer aimed at a wide readership.

    Trial ends: 1 Jul 2022

  • Colonial Caribbean: Settlement, Slavery and Empire 1624-1832

    Stretching from Jamaica and the Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago, Colonial Caribbean makes available materials from 27 Colonial Office file classes from The National Archives, UK. Covering the history of the various territories under British colonial governance from 1624 to 1870, this extensive resource includes administrative documentation, trade and shipping records, minutes of council meetings, and details of plantation life, colonial settlement, imperial rivalries across the region, and the growing concern of absentee landlords.

    Trial ends: 31 Mar 2022

  • Slave Trade Records from Liverpool, 1754-1792

    "By the 1740s Liverpool overtook Bristol and London to become the leading British slave-trading port, whether measured by the number of ships dispatched to Africa or the number of slaves carried across the Atlantic Ocean."

    Kenneth Morgan, Brunel University

    Trial ends: 12 May 2022

  • Gallup Analytics

    Gallup Analytics is a subscription-based platform that houses more than a decade of international public opinion data from more than 160 countries and areas and nearly a century of U.S. national data.

    Powered by the Gallup World Poll and other public opinion and survey research, Gallup Analytics provides subscribers with unprecedented access to internationally comparable, broad coverage, in-depth research, with trend lines on important measurements of human development.

    Trial ends: 24 Jun 2022

  • Gale State Papers online 1714-1782

    Along with the many internal and external threats to Hanoverian rule, users can also search and browse across a rich range of reports, petitions, and correspondence relating to the general administration and constitution of England; law and order; trade and shipping; and the founding of an empire abroad that extended to North America in the west and the Indian subcontinent in the east.

    Trial ends: 27 May 2022

  • NewsBank: Access World News

    Full text and digital versions of world newspapers and magazines. Includes access to New Zealand newspapers: The Dominion Post, NZ Herald, Waikato Times, Otago Daily Times, The Press, Sunday Star Times and more.

    Trial ends: 1 Jun 2022

  • Bloomsbury Design Library

    Ebooks, encyclopedias, biographies, and images that explore the history, theory and practice of design from antiquity to today.  Browsable by designer, period, place, school, movement or style.

    Trial ends: 8 Jun 2022