Before purchasing a database, it always goes through a trial phase in which it is tested by researchers from the faculty.

Databases currently on trial are listed below. At the end of the trial phase the Faculty Library Committee decides whether or not to purchase the database.

For purchase suggestions of databases and technical issues in trials contact:

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

  • 02/02/2023 – 01/04/2023
  • With today’s overabundance of information, and misinformation, students and researchers alike can be overwhelmed in identifying what’s trustworthy, what’s up-to-date, and what’s accurate. Oxford University Press has invested in the Oxford Research Encyclopedias to meet this challenge. Working with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, we are developing new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics.
  • During the trial there is access to the following subjects:

    • ORE African History

    • ORE American History

    • ORE Anthropology

    • ORE Asian History

    • ORE Oxford Classical Dictionary

    • ORE Latin American History

    • ORE Linguistics

    • ORE Literature

    • ORE Religion

Izvestiia Digital Archive & Pravda Digital Archive

  • 09/03/20230 – 31/03/2023
  • Izvestiia Digital Archive
    Among the longest-running Russian newspapers, Izvestiia (Известия, News) was founded in March 1917. During the Soviet era, Izvestiia became the mouthpiece of the Kremlin, informing the public of government policies through its pages. Less ideologically vocal than official party newspapers, Izvestiia also played a real role during the Khrushchev-era “thaw,” when the paper’s editors advocated for de-Stalinization and reform. Remarkable for its serious and balanced treatment of subject matter, Izvestiia has traditionally been a popular news source within intellectual and academic circles. Continuously published for over 100 years, Izvestiia’s prominence endures today as one of the most subscribed news sources of contemporary Russia, covering domestic and foreign policy, commentary, culture, education, and finance.
  • Pravda Digital Archive
    Pravda (Правда, Truth) was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918 and 1991. Founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg, Pravda originated as an underground daily workers’ newspaper, and soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement. Throughout the Soviet era, party members were obligated to read Pravda. Today, Pravda still remains the official organ of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, an important political faction in contemporary Russian politics.


  • 10/02/2023 – 17/03/2023
  • RetroNews, site de presse de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, donne accès librement et gratuitement à plus de 2000 titres de presse publiés entre 1631 et 1950. S’ajoutant aux ressources présentes sur Gallica, RetroNews est à la fois un espace digital de consultation d’archives, un outil de recherche et un magazine pour tous donnant à découvrir l’histoire par les archives de presse.

  • RetroNews propose en outre des outils de recherche avancée spécifiques aux collections de presse et des contenus éditoriaux complémentaires (articles, longs formats, vidéo, audio…) pour découvrir l’histoire par la presse.