LLC related database trials

There are several database trials running at the moment for the next few weeks which are relevant for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, in particular for English Literature, Asian Studies, and Film Studies. All these trials can be accessed via the Library’s E-Resources Trials website. These resources are:

Drama Online

Drama Online is a digital library of the world’s most studied and critically-acclaimed plays, accompanied by a wealth of innovative teaching and performance tools, critical analysis, contextual information, references and practical texts. Its original core collection features 1200 titles from the pre-eminent theatre lists from Bloomsbury’s Methuen Drama and Arden Shakespeare imprints, as well as Faber and Faber Ltd. It now also includes 350 Audio plays from L.A. Theatre Works and 350 modern plays from Nick Hern Books, as well as video with 21 filmed theatrical performances from Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen, 4 early modern drama performances from Stage on Screen, and Maxine Peake’s Hamlet.

NB: we have subscriptions already to a few databases that contain videos of theatre performances: Digital Theatre Plus, Theatre in Video 1 , Theatre in Video 2, as well as Academic Video Online

Trial ends: 09/11/2018

Area Studies: China

A vast array of Western perspectives and sources on China and Southeast Asia spanning several centuries, from the first British mission to China in 1792-1794 through to the mid-20th century. Highlights include:

  • A wide and varied array of records of traders, travellers, missionaries & diplomats, 1792-1942, offering western perspectives on all aspects of Chinese culture and society.
  • British government records covering economic development in China, Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, 1950-1980.

For more detailed descriptions, please see

NB: This resource contains the digitised version of the microfilm set China through Western Eyes which we have in the Centre for Research Collections.

Trial ends: 14/11/2018

Area Studies: Japan

A wide range of sources – by writers, diplomats, tourists, businessmen, missionaries and others – documenting the political, cultural and social history of Japan from 1400 to the 20th century. Highlights include:

  • Illuminated medieval manuscripts relating to Japan, including an account by Marco Polo.
  • Log book of William Adams (1564-1620), alias Miura Anjin, the first Englishman known to have visited Japan.
  • The journals of US Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry and officers, relating to the momentous voyages of 1853-54 and the ‘opening up’ of Japan.
  • Letters of Sir Harry Parkes, diplomat and British Minister to Japan between 1865 and 1883.
  • Journals of William Elliot Griffis (1843-1928), American orientalist, author and education reformer in Japan.

For more detailed descriptions, please see

NB: This resource contains the digitised version of the microfilm set Japan through Western Eyes which we have in the Centre for Research Collections.

Trial ends: 14/11/2018

Women’s Magazine Archive I and II

Women’s Magazine Archive comprises archival runs of leading women’s consumer magazines of the twentieth century. The magazines are all scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color, ensuring that the original print artefacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Titles include Chatelaine, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal and Seventeen.

For more detailed descriptions, please see

Trial ends: 14/11/2018

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries

A full text digital archive, British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries spans more than 400 years of personal writings, bringing together the voices of women from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The database lets researchers view history in the context of women’s thoughts and gain unparalleled insight into their struggles, achievements, passions, pursuits, and desires.

Trial ends: 16/11/2018


Artfilms-Digital  is the 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.  Includes masterclasses, documentaries, and interviews.

Trial ends: 31/12/2018