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Database Trials

The library frequently has access to databases on a free trial basis. If you have feedback about any of these resources, please contact a librarian at the Research Help desk by visiting the desk, calling (309) 794-7206, or e-mailing


PolicyMap is an online U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform. Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies. For a brief demo, visit Trial ends June 30, 2015.

ProQuest Newspaper Trials

Access to three newspaper databases: Newspaper ARCHIVE, Historical Chicago Tribune, and ProQuest Newsstand. Trial ends May 31 for Newspaper ARCHIVE and Proquest Newsstand, and June 7 for the Historical Chicago Tribune.

Web of Science

By meticulously indexing the most important literature in the world, Web of Science has become the gold standard for research discovery and analytics. Web of Science connects publications and researchers through citations and controlled indexing in curated databases spanning every discipline. Use cited reference search to track prior research and monitor current developments in over 100 year's worth of content that is fully indexed, including 2.6 million records and backfiles dating back to 1898. Trial ends June 5, 2015.