Subculture Archives database trial now live!

The Subculture Archives from the Museum of Youth Culture is an educational & cultural research resource of primary sources exploring 100 years of youth culture through the scenes, styles, and sounds that forged them. From Rave, Punk, Rockabilly to Grime.
From the world’s leading collection of youth culture history, the Museum of Youth Culture.
You can access the database for the duration of our trial, via the library e-resources trials webpage.

RIPM Jazz Periodicals online archive trial goes live!

We are delighted to announce that our trial access to RIPM Jazz Periodicals online archive is now active.
RIPM Jazz is a fully searchable rich and extensive collection of American Jazz Periodicals, a key primary source reference and research tool for all libraries. It benefits from RIPM’s partnership with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, which holds one of the most extensive collections of jazz periodicals in the world.
To access the trial go to

Digital resource trials for ECA students

ECA Library has organised a couple of digital resource trials which are open to all ECA and UoE students and staff.
Our current trials are for:
1: Yale A&A E-Portal. This gives access to Yale press ebooks and a very smart image search function, and will be of most use to History of Art students and also architectural history and design students.
2: Bloomsbury Architecture Library. This gives access to a wealth of architecture ebooks, and the complete digital Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture.
To access both of these trials and several others, go to
In a few days’ time our trial access to RIPM Jazz Periodicals online database should also go live and will be accessible from the above link.

Artfilms Digital trial now available!

We are pleased to let you know that we currently have access to a trial of the film database Artfilms Digital.
Artfilms-Digital is a video streaming service of Contemporary Arts Media and Artfilms and provides access to over 1660 videos in Arts & Humanities subject areas with strengths in performing arts, visual and digital art, architecture, design, new media, film, cinema, communication and culture.  It includes masterclasses, documentaries, and interviews.
The trial is live until 31st December 2018.
To access the trial please follow the link to the library e-resources trials webpage. You will need to have registered with the University VPN service. For more information about how to do that, please see
Enjoy the trial and please remember to give your feedback!

Screen Studies online database trial goes live

Screen Studies is an online digital platform taking users from script to screen and beyond, offering a broad range of content from Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber to support moving image studies.
It comprises 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.
Starting with an initial 300 screenplays and books, and updated annually, Screen Studies includes content to suit entire course needs. It has been described as an essential resource for academics and students engaged in research and learning around film history, theory and practice.
The trial will be live from 3rd July to 31st August 2018.
You can access the trial from here:

BBC Listener Archive trial

We are pleased the Library has trial access to the The Listener Historical Archive from Gale Cengage. This gives you access to the complete archive of the BBC periodical that was published from 1929-1991.
You can access the trial via the Library e-resources trials webpage, until 12th March.
The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC under its Director-General Lord Reith. Its aim was to be the intellectual counterpart to Radio Times, then the BBC listings magazine, and featured commentaries on the intellectual broadcasts of the week as well as previews of major literary and musical programmes. What makes the archive even more interesting is that The Listener was original developed as the medium for reproducing broadcast talks (radio and TV) so is one of the few records of the content of many early broadcasts.
Please don’t forget to give your feedback on this resource.

Two new music database trials now available!

Monday 5th February 2018:
From today until the end of February, we have trial access to RIPM* Preservation Series: European & North American Music Periodicals: a new full-text collection of music journals online. This database covers music and musical life during the Romantic period in world capitals, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Milan, New York, Prague, Paris, St. Petersburg and Vienna.
*RIPM stands for Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full-Text.
We also have trial access to RILM Music Encyclopedias online.
In early January 2018, RILM Music Encyclopedias online added four important works to its collection of 49 historical and current titles:

  • Ernst Ludwig Gerber, Neues historisch-biographisches Lexikon der Tonkünstler (Leipzig: A. Kühnel, 1810–1814).
  • Tobias Bröker, The 20th Century Violin Concertante: A Repertoire Catalogue of the Compositions for Violin Concertante Written Between 1894 and 2006, 2nd rev. ed. (Stuttgart: Tobias Bröker, 2016).
  • Andrea Sessa, Il melodramma italiano: Dizionario bio-bibliografico dei compositori, I: 1861–1900 and II: 1901–1925 (Firenze, Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2003).
  • Marcos Antonio Marcondes, Enciclopedia da música brasileira: Erudita, folclorica, popular, newly rev. ed. (São Paulo: Marcos Antonio Marcondes, 2010).

With the addition of these titles, RILM Music Encyclopedias augments its coverage and depth, adding titles on the golden age of Italian opera and on all aspects of Brazilian musical life. Also included are a monumental historic German encyclopedia and a catalogue of violin concertante repertoire.
RILM Music Encyclopedias is the continuously expanding global online repository of music encyclopedias and dictionaries designed to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of the international music community. In addition to quarterly updates and revisions, including additions to Komponisten der Gegenwart, the repository broadens its coverage annually.

[RILM: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale.]
To access our trial to RILM Music Encyclopedias, please go to:,shib&custid=s3013074&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ril&groupid=main
To access our trial to RIPM* Preservation Series: European & North American Music Periodicals please go to:,shib&custid=s3013074&profile=ehost&defaultdb=usg&groupid=main
To access all current trials please go to the Library’s e-resource trials webpage at
Please note we already have a subscription to RILM Abstracts of Music Literature online, a comprehensive international bibliography of writings on music covering publications from the early 19th century to the present. To access that, please use the Music databases webpage at:
To access the library’s Music subject guide, please go to:

Bloomsbury Design Library trial

From  Monday 2nd October all ECA students and staff will have access to a trial of the new Bloomsbury Design Library, a comprehensive online resource which offers coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day. It combines carefully curated text and image content of the highest quality with an intuitive taxonomy for research and discovery. It can be used to enhance teaching, learning and research in the field of Visual Arts and Design.
You can access the trial directly via:
To access all the trials currently available on the library e-resources trials webpage, using your EASE log-in, please go to
Our trial of the Bloomsbury Design Library will last 60 days. Please dont forget to give us your feedback via the trials webpage above.

Online resource trials

The University Library is running a large number of trials of online resources at the moment. You can access them here:
Our current trial databases cover a vast range of subjects and types of information, from contemporary Chinese politics, to history, philosophy, feminism, visual arts and popular culture. Please take a look at the trials on offer and explore these resources, and don’t forget to give your feedback so that we can decide whether to subscribe to them!
Thank you.