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North American Theatre Online

From October 12 through November 11, 2016, we have trial access to North American Theatre Online, a reference database covering all aspects of American and Canadian theatre. It indexes approximately 30,000 plays, as well as many major reference materials and records on 57,000 people; 5,400 theatres; 22,000 productions; 2,500 production companies; and 10,500 images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources.

We'll have this trial until November 11, 2016, so please give it a try, and let us know what you think.


Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters

From October 7 through November 4, we have trial access to Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters, a database full of digitized historical primary source documents from Adam Matthew Digital, covering the years 1650-1920 in America, Africa, and Australia with nearly nine thousand documents of many differerent types, drawn from nearly 20 different archives and libraries.

Features of the databasae include searching for keywords in the full text of documents; narrowing searches by theme, region, document type, date range, or source collection; and the option to download these documents in PDF form. (The PDF download option is available only with a paid subscription and not with our trial.)

We have trial access until November 4, 2016, so please give it a try, and let us know what you think.



From September 15 until October 31, 2016, we have trial access to PolicyMap, a US national data mapping tool and analytics platform with which to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group up to a national level, as well as create custom regions. 

PolicyMap data can be presented as maps, tables, charts and pre-built reports that can be incorporated into papers, presentations, blogs and websites. Users can also download data from PolicyMap for use in other tools or upload their own address-based data for use in PolicyMap.

You can see the full Policy Map data listing on our trial site by going to 

Very short videos the provide a glimpse of how PolicyMap works

Brief Demo: 
Quick Start Video of the basic maps page
PolicyMap in Action:  Maps: 
PolicyMap in Action:
  3-Layer Maps (Workforce Development Example):
PolicyMap in Action:  Reports:
Using the PolicyMap Data Loader: can also self-upload unlimited amounts of their own address-based data into PolicyMap using this tool.) 


Weekly public PolicyMap overview webinars are also scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  In PolicyMap, go to  “Support”, “Training Calendar” to register for a session.

We'll have trial access until October 31, 2016, so please give it a try and let us know what you think.

From October 10 until November 23, 2016, we have trial access to, a database for discovering the right songs for auditions, juries, voice lessons, coachings, competitions, and cabaret appearances. With a convenient interface to search by voice type, character age, tempo, voice range, time signature, ease for accompanist, keywords and tags for things such as mood and theme, date, and other descriptive characteristics, it lets users custom-tailor searches with up to 20 different parameters and over 100 descriptive tags to find any of 11,000 titles spanning 150 years of shows.

This database is rich in tools and features for discovering and selecting songs. For copyright reasons, it does not include the sheet music or lyrics of those songs. For the music and lyrics of selected songs, we have approximately 100 musical theatre scores in our catalog in the West Texas A&M University Musical Theatre Collection. Other scores are available through interlibrary loan or may be added to our collection at faculty request. 

We have this database trial until November 23, 2016, so please give it a try and let us know what you think.


Cross-National Time Series Data Archive

From September 16 until October 14, we have trial access to the Cross-National Time Series Data Archive, which provides many decades worth of quantitative social science data on more than 200 country units.

While the trial has certain limits short of the full subscription version, it still contains a considerable wealth of data. Please give it a try and let us know what you think.


Hein Online

From August 25, 2016 until February 24, 2017, we have trial access to HeinOnline, a fully searchable, image-based government document and legal research database. It contains comprehensive coverage of U.S. statutory materials and more than 2,300 scholarly journals, all of the world’s constitutions, all U.S. treaties, collections of classic treatises and presidential documents, and access to the full text of federal case law.

This trial will last until February 24, 2017, so please give it a try and let us know what you think.



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