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The following databases are being evaluated by Yale University Library on a trial basis. Decisions to acquire databases at the conclusion of the trial period are contingent upon availability of funds, appropriateness to the collection, and user feedback. To provide feedback on a currently active trial, use the feedback form.

Index to Active Trials


There are currently no public trials available. 

Recently Expired Trials

Routledge Performance Archive

TRIAL PERIOD: September 19, 2023 - October 18, 2023

This resource provides access to an expanding range of streamed video and audio footage from performance practitioners past and present paired with relevant critical commentary delivered directly to the classroom, rehearsal hall, library and desktop or digital device.

The archive contains: interviews with key figures in performance history and contemporary practice; masterclasses with specialist performance trainers from around the world; footage direct from legendary practitioners; excerpted and full-length contemporary productions and experiments;
documentaries previously unavailable to global audiences: and specially commissioned contextual essays accompanying each entry from knowledgeable practitioners and scholars. 


Virtual Museum  (Flyover Zone)

TRIAL PERIOD: July 20, 2023-October 20, 2023

This resource provides access to 3D models of classical Greek and Roman sculpture, organized in thematic "galleries". Each model offers metadata that facilitates searching by its name or on the inventory number of the museum owning it. Some models are fully restored in color.  

Yorescape (Flyover Zone)

TRIAL PERIOD: July 20, 2023-October 20, 2023

This resource allows users to do virtual tours of historic sites in Athens, Egypt, Mesoamerica and Rome via web or mobile based devices. These tours last from one to three hours long. 

Colonial Caribbean (Modules 2 & 3)

TRIAL PERIOD: September 30, 2023 - October 31, 2023

This resource covers the history of the various territories under British colonial governance from 1624 to 1870. It includes administrative documentation, trade and shipping records, minutes of council meetings, as well as details of plantation life, colonial settlement, imperial rivalries across the region, and the growing concern of absentee landlords. It presents materials from the Colonial Office files for the Caribbean, housed at The National Archives, UK.

This trial provides access to the following modules:

  • Module 2: Colonial Government and Abolition, 1833-1849
  • Module 3: Economic Change and Indentured Labour, 1850-1870


TRIAL PERIOD: October 9, 2023 - November 8, 2023

This resource covers marine natural products research. It is text and structure searchable with coverage of marine natural products in journal articles, including new and revised compounds, synthesis, ecology, and biological activities.  Queries can be built across multiple fields and parameters, including properties, functional groups, NMR data, and taxonomic information. It also offers dereplication tools.

Amnesty International Archives

TRIAL PERIOD: October 23, 2023 - November 20, 2023

The material within this collection is vital for studying the history of key political events, global social change, human rights violations and campaigns with themes including abolition of torture, state violence, political prisoners, minority rights, and more.

Outside of the organisational records, external releases, and posters of Amnesty International, the resource includes more than 50 hours of oral history content. Within these recordings individuals discuss their own experiences working for the organisation in its early years and onwards.

Central Asia, Persia and Afghanistan

TRIAL PERIOD: October 23, 2023 - November 20, 2023

This resource provides digital access to official British government records relating to the region, from the decline of the Silk Road, through the diplomatic confrontation between the British and Russian Empires known as the “Great Game”, to the influence of the emergent Soviet Union in the 20th century.

Correspondence and eyewitness accounts from the region’s key players document the Anglo-Afghan Wars; the perspectives of Afghan and Persian rulers on foreign activities in the region; the interplay between China and Russia; and the expansion and fall of the Russian Empire; allowing scholars to build a balanced picture of the tumultuous history of the region.

Conflict in Indochina: Foreign Office Files for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Section I, Crisis and Upheaval, 1959-1964

TRIAL PERIOD: October 23, 2023 - November 20, 2023

This collection of Foreign Office Files provides a comprehensive history of key events across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during a period of political upheaval, civil unrest and escalating conflict. It explores the rising tension across Indochina after 1959 and examines how the conflict crossed international borders and impacted the wider region. Administrative reports offer insight into the internal politics of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, covering key themes such as trade, economic development and increasing political instability. Documents reveal the growing intervention from foreign powers, as China and the Soviet Union sought to expand their influence over communist parties in the region. 

Foreign Office Files for South East Asia 1963 - 1980, Module I: Cold War in the Pacific, Trade Relations, and the Post- Independence

TRIAL PERIOD: October 23, 2023 - November 20, 2023

This collection follows the establishment of an independent Malaysia in 1963, following the release of the Cobbold Commission Report. Under President Sukarno, Indonesia strongly opposed this decision and hostilities between the two countries escalated. Alongside tensions with Malaysia, Indonesia would experience growing civil unrest in this period, with anti-Communist sentiments on the rise. Documents featured in this collection cover these fundamental events alongside a number of key themes, including trade, economic development and authoritarian rule in this period.

Consisting of correspondence, maps, government dispatches and press releases from the FO 371, DO 169, DO 187, FCO 15 and FCO 24 series, this resource offers an insight into the political and economic challenges faced during this period as the region moved towards industrialisation and establishing the foundations for economic growth.

Module 1 contains files from DO 169, DO 187 and FO 371. The dates covered in these files range from 1954-1971, with the bulk of the documents relating to the period 1963-1966.

East India Company. Modules IV &V

TRIAL PERIOD: October 23, 2023 - November 20, 2023

Access to primary source documents from the India Office Records at the British Library in London. Containing royal charters, records of council meetings and resolutions, correspondence, legislation, lists of personnel, printed books, etcetera. This resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1595 to 1947, including administrative and ecclesiastical appointments; agriculture; charters and the Company's relationship to the English/British Crown; courts and legal affairs, including legislation; diplomacy, treaties and ambassadorial expeditions; finance and debt; the machinery of government; pay and pensions for Company servants and their families; railways; trade; warfare and military matters. 

This trial provides access to the following modules:

  • Module IV - Series E, Correspondence: Early Voyages, Formation and Conflict
  • Module V - Series E: Correspondence: Domestic Life, Governance and Territorial Expansion

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