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

  • Building Types Online (on trial until 31 December 2020)


    Building Types Online is an online resource for the teaching and practice of architectural design. It includes a large collection of drawings and photos of contemporary buildings. These drawing are drawn to scale, vector based and are able to be downloaded. The database also has more than 1200 case studies and more than 160 articles on specific aspects of building types. There are several different search options including full text, building types and architect. 

    This database is edited by housing expert Oliver Heckmann from Singapore University of Technology and Design. The content draws on the expertise of Birkhäuser manuals and the background information on the building types has been curated by renowned authors in the field along with external advisors contributing to the overall concept. The database will be updated annually with new building types and international case studies.

  • Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations Online (on trial until 31 December 2020)


    Provides scholarly/academic work which documents the current state of research in the area of Jewish-Christian relations.

  • Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Online (on trial until 31 December 2020)


    Covers the current state of knowledge on the origins and development of the Bible in its different canonic forms in Judaism and Christianity. Also documents the history of the Bible's reception in the Christian churches and the Jewish Diaspora; in Islam, in other religious traditions and current religious movements, Western and non-Western alike, as well as in literature, art, music, and film.

  • Treasury of Linguistic Maps Online (on trial until 31 December 2020)


    Linguistic maps selected from various atlases and other publications. All maps have been scanned in high-resolution for maximum quality and enriched with detailed metadata.

  • World Biographical Information System (WBIS) Online (on trial until 31 December 2020)


    WBIS Online provides biographical information on over 6 million people from the 8th century B.C. to the present. Included are 8.5 million digital facsimile articles from biographical reference works.