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

  • American History, 1493-1945

    This database of primary resources has two modules. Module I: Settlement, Commerce, Revolution, and Reform: 1493-1859. Module II: Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Modern Era: 1860-1945. The two modules combined features over 60,000 documents sourced from archives such as the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

    Trial ends: 9 Apr 2023

  • British Foreign Office files for Japan, 1919-1952

    This is a database of British Foreign Office files regarding Japan leading up to and following World War II. It includes diplomatic dispatches, correspondence, and formerly restricted documents sourced from the UK National Archives.

    Trial ends: 9 Apr 2023