Electronic Resources Trials - Library - University of Canterbury

Electronic Resources Trials

In order to assess potential new electronic resources, the Library periodically has free trials of various databases.

Current trials:

These resources are available for a limited period. Please test and evaluate these products and send any comments to us using this general evaluation form.

Sage Research Methods Cases and Datasets

SAGE Research Methods Cases
SAGE Research Methods Cases is a collection of case studies of real social research that faculty can use in their teaching. Cases are original, specially commissioned, and designed to help students understand often abstract methodological concepts by introducing them to case studies of real research projects.

Sage Research Methods Datasets
Sage Research Methods Datasets is is a collection of datasets that support the teaching of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods in the social sciences. These are datasets from larger national and international data sources that have been reduced in size and complexity for teaching and self-study purposes.

This trial ends on 30th April 2017.


Some of the Library's present database suppliers also offer temporary access to products outside our subscriptions:

  • Ovid - each month, Resource of the Month program allows you free access to "test drive" different products.

  • Springer - regularly offers free and unlimited full-text online access to a selection of journals - sign up for Springer Alerts

  • Emerald - every week, Journals of the Week gives free access to two selected journals.

  • Thomson Scientific - ScienceWatch.com has the aim of "tracking trends and performance in basic research". ScienceWatch.com features interviews, analyses, data and rankings, and more.

  • ScienceDirect - The ScienceDirect TOP25 Hottest Articles is a free quarterly service to help you keep track of the latest trends in your speciality.

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - provides a free On the Open Shelves section, with a wide selection of biographies, features, and themes for reference and research.

  • Alexander Street Press - allows free browsing for some collections. These are listed on ASP Online Collections page, marked by the Free Browse icon.

  • Knovel Titles of the Week - gives unlimited access to 2 titles every week. Find these titles in Knovel by using the Browse tab, then click on the My Subscription link at the top of the page.

  • Scopus - Research Trends is a bi-monthly newsletter "providing objective, up-to-the-minute insights into scientific trends based on bibliometric analysis."

  • Factiva - The Knowledge Center offers free white papers, case studies, learning tools and other resources (some documents may require registration).

  • LexisNexis - Featured Topics provides the latest survey findings, white papers and web site resources.

  • Gale Cengage - offers Reference Reviews designed to help with research or acquisition decisions.

  • SAGE Journals Online - frequently offers free trials of journals and journal packages. You need to register for free access.

  • NB - Check this page frequently for updated content.