Database trials

Database trials

What's on trial?

The Library regularly trials electronic resources and databases throughout the year. You can help us make decisions about what databases we purchase by participating in these trials and providing feedback to us.

We are interested in response time, journal coverage, percentage of full text articles, design of interface, ease of printing and downloading. Your assistance in evaluating new electronic resources is greatly appreciated.

Please note that in some cases you will need to contact a Research Librarian for a username and password to access the database trial. Currently subscribed databases

Current Database Trials

Women's Magazine Archive

Women's magazine archive is a searchable archive of women's interest magazines. Covering issues from 19th century to the 21st, this archive supports teaching and research for Feminism Studies, Literature and Sociology.

Access: IP authenticated, available on and off campus.

Trial ends September 2019

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Sketch Engine

Sketch Engine is a tool to explore how language works. Its algorithms analyze authentic texts of billions of words (text corpora) to identify instantly what is typical in language and what is rare, unusual or emerging usage. It is also designed for text analysis or text mining applications. This tool is used by linguists, lexicographers, translators, students and teachers. It contains ready-to-use corpora in 90+ languages, each having a size of up to 30 billion words to provide a truly representative sample of language.

Access: Trial access is limited to preloaded corpora (databases) via IP authentication. Users will need to sign up individually to upload their own data for analysis.

Trial ends on 8 October 2019

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Covidence is a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews, including Cochrane Reviews. Key features of Covidence are:

  • Support for duplicated, independent processes, including at citation screening, full text review, Risk of Bias (RoB) and Data Extraction stages
  • Resolution of screening, RoB, and data extraction conflicts, and agreement on final consensus data
  • Import of citations from a range of reference managers and de-duplication of study citations (with manual override)
  • Storage of full text study reports
  • Automatic population of Risk of Bias tables with text selected in full text reports
  • Simple export of data into RevMan or Excel

Access: User registration is required for this trial. For access please contact Jeremy Cullis or Heather Cooper

Trial ends on 30 October 2019

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Recently Trialled

U.S. Intelligence on Asia, 1945-1991

Provides students and researchers with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in the Far East during the Cold War (1945-1991). Particular emphasis is given to America's principal antagonists in Asia during the Cold War era: the People's Republic of China, North Korea and North Vietnam. Also covered are Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 2 August 2019

Yomidas Rekishikan

Yomidas Rekishikan is a digital archive covering the entire history of newspaper publishing in Japan. The archive’s sections reflect the strengths of the various features. The Meiji, Taisho & Showa Eras (1874-1989)section contains high-quality scans of the articles as they appeared during these periods. The Heisei & Reiwa Eras (from 1986 onward; 3000,000 stories added each year)section provides articles in a convenient text view, as well as a clipping view of the original article. Japan News(from 1989 onward) catalogs articles which appeared in our English publication. Contemporary Who's Who (profiles of 26,000 noteworthy people) allows searching of individuals to retrieve their biological data as well as pertinent articles. And finally,  Regional Sections (Showa Era) contains regional articles and pages from the Showa era from 1933 to 2001.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 31 July 2019

The Japan times archives

Searchable full-text and page images from the Japan Times, from 1865-1866 and from 1897-2018. The Japan Times is Japan's oldest English-language newspaper. Also includes access to the Japan Advertiser from 1913-1940.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 2 July 2019


Academic Focus is a database of selected Chinese academic literatures that have been translated to English. These journals and conference proceedings cover subject areas that include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanics, Astronomy, Metallurgy, Environment, Mine Industry, Architecture, Energy, Traffic, Electromechanics, Agriculture, Medicine, Public Health, Literature, History, Philosophy, Politics, Military Affairs, Law, Education, Social Sciences, Electronic Technology, Information Science, Economics and Management.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 1 July 2019

CNKI journal translation project

The CNKI journal translation project is a database of selected Chinese academic journals that have been translated to English. Subjects covered are: Archaeology & Cultural Relic; Biology; Chemistry & Materials; Ecology & Agronomy; Economics & Finance; Education & Physical Culture; Engineering Technology; Ethnology & Religion; Geoscience; Humanities; Management; Mathematics & Physics; Medical Science; Politics, Law & Military; Psychology; Sociology & Demography.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 1 July 2019

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online provides access to a large number of scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1901, plus Roman and Greek authors, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, the writings of Aeschylus, Austen, Plato, Ovid, and Virgil, the poetry of John Donne, and works by Adam Smith and Jeremy Bentham. The digital presentation of the editions enables readers to search across the texts in a simple and easy way: navigate using familiar reference forms (Virg. Aen. 2.49 is a single search away), read texts and translations side by side and look up words in the Oxford Latin Dictionary with the dictionary widget.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 31 March 2019

Elgar advanced introductions to law online

This law collection provides introductions to major fields in Law. The aims of the series are two-fold; to pinpoint essential principles of a particular field and to offer insights that stimulate critical thinking. The volumes, re-organised in a concise form, serve as accessible introductions for undergraduate and postgraduate students coming to the subject for the first time and extend the understanding of advanced students, scholars and policy-makers.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 13 February 2019

NewsBank: local image edition

NewsBank provides a collection of news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. The major newspapers included are the Australian, the Age, the Sunday Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 5 January 2019

Energy Online

Energy online provides books and journal articles in the energy area. The content, updated annually, covers a range of energy topics related to science, architecture, economics and politics.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 31 December 2018

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool for health professionals worldwide. It provides fast and easy access to the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion in a single source, including differential diagnosis tables, treatment algorithms, videos of common clinical procedures, integrated evidence from Cochrane Clinical Answers, over 250 medical calculators and more.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 16 November 2018

Australian Manual of Scientific Style

The Australian Manual of Scientific Style (AMOSS) is for anyone who writes about science or technical matters, or who edits scientific and technical documents. It brings together information on scientific writing, style and design, to support the presentation of clear and correct scientific communication. The scientific styles are based on primary international and Australian sources, wherever possible, and these are shown at the start of relevant subsections of Editing.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 18 October 2018

Wiley Digital Archives - The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

Wiley Digital Archives is a continuous program of new databases comprised of historical primary sources, digitised from societies, libraries and archives around the world, and made accessible in ways that tie to research outcomes and educational goals. All archives are cross-searchable, and contain tools for searching, browsing, analysing and visualising primary source content.

Access: Available both on & off campus

Trial ended on 31 August 2018

Political extremism & radicalism in the twentieth century

Political extremism and radicalism in the twentieth century is a compilation of full text archival collections covering a wide range of fringe political movements. It includes periodicals, campaign propaganda, government records, oral histories, and various ephemera. The collections cover a period of just over a century (1900s to 2010s) when the world saw the formation of several civil rights movements for the rights of minorities, women's rights, and gay rights. It also encompasses the rise and fall of a number of peripheral groups deemed ‘extreme’ or ‘radical’ by contemporaries, such as anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti-war, communist or socialist, creationist, environmentalist, hate, holocaust denial, new left, survivalist, white supremacist, and white nationalist.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 31 August 2018


AccessMedicine is an online medical resource. Updated continuously and compatible with mobile devices, AccessMedicine provides medical students with resources needed to excel in basic science studies and clerkships, helps residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants with access to videos, self-assessment and medical textbooks that facilitate decision-making at the point-of-care, and allows practising physicians to brush up on their medical knowledge to ensure the patient outcome.

Access: Available both on & off campus

Trial ended on 30 August 2018

Socialism on Film

This collection of films from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. It spans most of the twentieth century and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba. This collection comprises of two modules: Module I : Wars & Revolutions and Module II: Newsreels & Cinemagazines.

Trial ended on 9 August 2018

Sage Research Methods Videos

SAGE Video is a platform for streaming higher education focused video that focuses on all aspects of the research process and hundreds of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. SAGE Video combines originally commissioned material with licensed videos in the areas including Education, Media & Communications, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sociology, Business and Management, History, Technology and Geography.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 6 July 2018

Anatomy PALMs - Perceptual and Adaptive Learning Modules™, available on

Anatomy PALMs is an online adaptive tool that reinforces concepts mastered through the use of, powered by Primal Pictures. Anatomy PALMs consists of nine learning modules covering regional anatomy. The product is designed to adapt to the individual learner. Usage of Anatomy PALMs requires the creation of a user account. Please use your Macquarie University email address when creating a user account on the website.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 22 June 2018

Oxford Bibliographies in Communication

Oxford Bibliographies in Communication explores the ideas of communication; constant, varied, and complex transmission and exchange of information, knowledge, and ideas. It looks at how the extensive nature of communication means that efforts to study it span multiple epistemologies and methodologies. Also that, given the changing media landscape, scholars and professionals must constantly consider new content, technologies, processes and effects, and theories of communication.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 3 June 2018

JoVE Science Education

JoVE Science Education is a video library for teaching scientific fundamentals through video demonstrations.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 16 May 2018

Screen Studies

Screen Studies is an online database that contains a collection of award-winning screenplays, critical and contextual books on film from the late nineteenth century to the present, and an interactive timeline of cinema history.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 8 May 2018

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

Acland anatomy provides narrated videos of real cadaver specimens.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 2 May 2018

The Left Index

The left index is a guide to the literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. It includes citations, abstracts and some full text dating back to the early 20th century, with historical content between the 17th and 19th centuries. Early Left publications such as the 19th century writings of William Godwin and early 20th century issues of Morning Star, along with classic texts by Marx, Lenin, Trotsky and Engels, are covered.

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 1 May 2018

HSTalks Business & Management Collection

The Business & Management Collection contains specially commissioned, online lectures, case studies and case study interviews by leading experts in academia, industry and commerce. The collection is categorized into 6 broad subject areas (Finance, Accounting & Economics; Global Business Management; Management Leadership & Organizations; Marketing & Sales; Strategy; Technology & Operations).

Speakers are chosen based on their expertise and each talk is produced together with the speaker especially for the collection. The collection is reviewed and updated monthly and is presented in four different formats:
a) Traditional formal lectures with high quality graphics
b) Extended form case studies 
c) Bite-size case studies
d) Case Study Interviews

Access: Available both on and off campus

Trial ended on 16 March 2018

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