Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Jean Russell Quible Department of Collections and Technical Services: Resource Trials

The University Libraries is committed to providing the Virginia Tech community with the information that it needs, and so we keep an eye out for new resources that may fill gaps in what we provide. Each semester, the Collections and Technical Services department organizes trials for databases that currently aren't in our collections. With trials, we can gather feedback from the community about potential new resources before we fully invest in a subscription or a purchase. Below, you can find more information about trials and links to active trials.

Resource Training Sessions

Information about resource training sessions for any active trials is available below.


University Libraries will be hosting 2 sessions to demo best practices for using Embase

  • October 12 from 12-1 pm EST - Session for researchers, graduate students, and faculty of any VT health science department 

  • October 18 from 10-11am EST – In depth session for any VT researcher interested in systematic reviews 

All sessions will be held at this Zoom link:


How do I request a trial for a resource?

The best way to request a trial is by contacting the librarian that is the liaison to your subject area. To find out who your liaison librarian is, head to our research guides and find the libriarian associated with research guides in your area.

Most trials seem to be for databases. Can I request a trial for a journal?

Unfortunately, we are rarely able to arrange trials for journals. However, if there is a journal that you wish to see the library subscribe to, please still contact your library liaison with your request.

How long are trial resources available?

Most database trials are for 30 days. Occasionally, the trial period may be shorter or longer, depending on the provider.

When does the libraries run trials?

October, February, and sometimes in April.

Is there a way to provide feedback on a resources that the libraries is currently trialing? 

Yes! Each trial database on the A-Z Databases page will have a link to a feedback form on the description. You can can also always contact your library liaison with any feedback you may have.

Active Trials

The University Libraries organizes trials for potential new resources in October and in February. If there any active trials, they are listed below.