E-Resources at Trent

These pages lists help you find online resources by type. Use the menu on the left to choose the type of material you need, and find links to sources.

  • You can also see a list of databases by title.
  • For resources by subject, use the Subject Guides.
  • Most titles are also listed in TOPCAT.  

See the Access and Terms of Use for Electronic Resources for information about restrictions and usage of licensed resources.

On this page:

What is an E-Resource?

Trent University Library subscribes to a number of different of electronic resources such as journal article indexes, full text and primary documents, e-journals, e-reference tools, and e-books. These are resources that can only be viewed on a computer. They are often called online resources, because they are available over the internet.

If you are searching from off-campus, you will be asked to login to the proxy server before you can connect to a resource. If you have trouble, see the instructions for off-campus access.

Find Journal Articles

There is no one place to find ALL journal articles. Databases are owned by different companies and provided from their unique platforms and servers.  

See the Tutorial: How to Find Articles for an explanation of indexes and articles.

Find the BEST Resources for Your Topic:

  • Indexes and Databases by Subject. Start with a guide to find journal article databases and other useful resources related to your topic. Click on your subject, then on the "Articles" tab to find useful databases.
  • Databases A-Z. See our list of online indexes for finding articles.  If you know which database to use, this is the quickest way to get there.
  • E-Journals A-Z. Use this to locate a specific article when you already have a citation. It links to specific articles via .

Try some of these links to search MANY databases at once:

E-Journals

Link to  E-Journals A-Z, a list of available e-journals at Trent, including those available for free. The list is generated by GetIt! Trent and is updated monthly.
Search for a specific journal title, browse a subject category or supplier for journals, or search for a specific citation. To find articles on a topic, use one of the choices under Find Journal Articles.

E-Reference

This is a list of specialized reference tools available online, either by subscription or free, that may be of use to your research. 

Also see Subject Guides for links to reference tools of use to each subject.

General Reference

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Click for database description. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. 

Encyclopedias

  • Britannica Online Click for database description. The online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, a good general encyclopedia.
  • The Canadian Encyclopedia Online  The online version of the Canadian Encyclopedia, an encyclopedia about Canada .
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  An online encyclopedia for Philosophy. Each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public.
  • Wikipedia   Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that differs from other encyclopedias in a significant way: anyone can add or edit articles however they like. See our webpage for more information about Wikipedia under Help.

Dictionaries

  • Oxford English Dictionary Online Click for database description. The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, possibly the most important and reliable English language dictionary. Includes information about the history of words. 

Specialized Reference Tools

  • The Birds of North America Click for database description. The print version of BNA was completed in 2002, a joint 10 year project of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. This series provides detailed scientific information (18 volumes, 18,000 pages in total) for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. BNA Online includes image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and recordings of that bird's songs and calls, selected from the extensive collection in Cornell's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. (From the website.)  
  • Canadian Business Resource Click for database description. Information on Canadian companies.
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online Click for database description. Online version of the style guide. Look up the correct formatting and rules for various types of documentation. This is also commonly known as the "footnoting" citation method.
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Click for database description. The online version of the ready-reference book of chemical and physical data, this important reference tool provides broad coverage of all types of physical science data commonly encountered by scientists and engineers.
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Click for database description. This first phase presents persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.
  • Literature Resource Center Click for database description. Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. 
  • The Johns Hopkins Online Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism Click for database description. An indispensable resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse. Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Online Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements. It includes more than 240 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. (From the website.) 
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Click for database description. 56,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2004. 
  • Very Short Introductions Click for database description. Very Short Introductions (VSI) was launched in 1995 by Oxford University Press and offers concise introductions to a wide variety of subjects across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • World Development Indicators Online Click for database description. The World Bank’s annual compendium of economic, social, environmental, business, and technology indicators. A statistical database, World Development Indicators Online (WDI)   provides direct access to more than 600 development  indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to 2004, where data are available. 

E-Books

Some of these are important individual books, and some are groups of books the library has purchased as online books. Most of them can also be found in TOPCAT.

  • Scholars Portal Books Click for database description. This online platform allows you to search over 200,000 online books. Scholars Portal Books provides access to several collections of books to which Trent has purchased access and those available for free from the Internet Archive. Since the collection includes books available to any Ontario University, select "Full Text" to limit your search to those available at Trent.
  • Association of Canadian University Presses Click for database description. (in Scholars Portal Books).  This is a collection of books published 2013-2016.  The books are added to TOPCAT and Scholars Portal Books as they become available.  See the Digital Rights for these titles.
  • ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection Click for database description. An online, fully searchable collection of over 3,000 high-quality books in history, recommended and reviewed by historians. From the American Council of Learned Societies. The Project incorporates two different types of electronic books: new XML-encoded titles, and scanned page-image versions of already-published titles. Each book is also available through TOPCAT.
  • Cambridge University Press (in ebrary and Scholars Portal Books) A collection of 2,431 e-book titles from Cambridge UP and Cambridge UP USA. All of these books can also be found by searching TOPCAT. 
  • Canadian Documents Collection: Public Policy and Health Policy Click for database description. (in desLibris) A collection of documents from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and public policy. The organizations included in this collection are active publishers of primary research in the field. The publications included are both general policy documents as well as those of a specialized technical nature. (This collection is combined with the Canadian Publishers Collection.)
  • Canadian Publishers Collection Click for database description. (in desLibris) A collection of about 2,000 non-fiction and reference books published by Canadian publishers. These e-books are available through the ebrary platform.  See the description for this resource. This collection is combined with the Canadian Documents Collection.
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online Click for database description. Online version of the style guide. Look up the correct formatting and rules for various types of documentation. This is also commonly known as the "footnoting" citation method.
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Click for database description. An online biography of famous Canadians. This first phase presents persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.
  • Duke University Press Click for database description. (in ebrary and  Scholars Portal Books) We have over 1,500 e-books published by Duke University Press from 2010-2013.  They are accessed through ebrary and Scholars Portal Books.  They can also be found on TOPCAT, with links to the book on either site.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO) Click for database description. Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War (from the website).
  • Ebrary Click for database description. A collection of e-books from a variety of publishers. 
  • EBSCO eBooks Click for database description. Previously called NetLibrary. A collection of over 7,000 books available only online. All of these books can also be found by searching TOPCAT. Some books are restricted to one user at a time.  
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online Click for database description. Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.
  • The Johns Hopkins Online Guide to Literary Theory and CriticismClick for database description. An indispensable resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse. Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Online Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements. It includes more than 240 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. (From the website.)
  • Making of America Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The book collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books with 19th century imprints.
  • Oxford University Press  (in ebrary and Scholars Portal Books)  A collection of 5038 e-book titles from Oxford University Press. All of these books can also be found by searching TOPCAT.
  • SAGE Knowledge E-Books Click for database description. Over 4,000 e-books and reference books in the Social Sciences.
  • Scholars Portal Books Click for database description. A collection of over 200,000 e-books from various publishers. 
  • SourceOECD  An online resource with access to OECD books, reports, annuals, working papers, loose-leaf binders, periodicals and databases. Comprises 20 thematic book collections (also individually catalogued in TOPCAT), 24 periodicals, 3 reference titles, and 24 OECD statistical databases – all in full text.
  • Springer E-Books (SpringerLink) Click for database description. (also in Scholars Portal Books)  SpringerLink is one of the world's leading interactive databases for high-quality STM journalsbooks, reference works. Subjects covered include Architecture and Design, Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Business and Economics, Chemistry and Materials Science, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Physics and Astronomy, Professional Computing and Web Design. 
  • Taylor & Francis  (in ebrary)  A collection of 11,697 e-book titles from Taylor & Francis. All of these books can also be found by searching TOPCAT. Users can search the full text of all content on the platform and reference this by keyword, author, ISBN, publisher, publication date, subject or category. Text and images can be copied from titles into Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint (subject to individual publisher restrictions) . These books are available through the ebrary platform, but they are NOT included in the Scholars Portal Books database, due to license restrictions.
  • University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) Click for database description. UPSO is a collection of over 8,000 scholarly ebooks in 23 subject areas from the following nine leading university presses: Oxford University Press, Cairo University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Florida University Press, Fordham University Press, Hong Kong University Press, Kentucky University Press, The Policy Press (Bristol), University of California Press. These titles should be loaded into TOPCAT by the end of summer 2012. They will also be included in the Scholars Portal Books database.
  • uO Research  A collection of 30+ books freely available from the University of Ottawa institutional repository. The goal of uO Research is to promote scholarly communication by collecting, preserving and providing free and open access to the digital research products created by the uOttawa faculty, researchers and graduate students. These books are downloadable in .pdf format. Many are in French.
  • Very Short Introductions Click for database description. Very Short Introductions (VSI) was launched in 1995 by Oxford University Press and offers concise introductions to a wide variety of subjects across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Full Text & Primary Document Databases

What is a "primary document"?

The following databases include primary and full-text documents.

  • Burney Collection: 17th-18th Century Newspapers Click for database description. A database of historical British news, in full text. Includes pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers from the period. 
  • Champlain Society Digital Collection Click for database description. The digital collection contains eighty-three of the Champlain Society's most important volumes (over 41,000 printed pages) dealing with exploration and discovery over three centuries. It includes first-hand accounts of Samuel de Champlain's voyages in New France as well as the diary from Sir John Franklin's first land expedition to the Arctic, 1819-22.
  • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980 Click for database description. Unique manuscript material relating to the activities and observations of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980, together with rare periodicals, colour paintings, maps, photographs and drawings. 
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Click for database description. The full text of the regularly updated systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare prepared by The Cochrane Collaboration. (Once connected, click on "Continue" and then select the Cochrane database.) 
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910, Online Click for database description. A wide range of original sources including ephemera, pamphlets, commonplace books, diaries, periodicals, letters, ledgers, manuscript journals, poetry, receipt books and conduct and advice literature. All of the material has been indexed to provide ready accessibility for students by person and subject. 
  • Digital National Security Archive: The Documents that Made U.S. PolicyClick for database description. This collection of significant primary documents, central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945, comprises over 63,000 declassified documents in 29 collections. Included are collections on the development of U.S. policy on Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Philippines, South Africa, Japan, the Soviet Union, and Vietnam.  
  • Early Canadiana Online Click for database description. Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a full text online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada. 
  • Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment  Click for database description. Early Encounters in North America contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of  letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters. This database provides the full text of primary historical documents.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO) Click for database description. Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. (from the website). 
  • Eighteenth Century Journals Online I & II Click for database description. This project brings together rare British journals printed between 1693 and 1799 illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years.  
  • Empire Online Click for database description. A wide variety of material including: exploration journals and logs; letter books and correspondence; periodicals; diaries; official government papers; missionary papers; travel writing; slave papers; memoirs; fiction; children's adventure stories; traditional folk tales; exhibition catalogues and guides; maps; marketing posters; photographs; and illustrations, with many in colour. (from the website). 
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Click for database description. Between 1801 and 2000, around 9.5 million pages for over 184,000 British parliamentary papers were published. HCPP delivers searchable full text for each paper, along with a detailed index. HCPP currently contains an index for 1801-2004, and full text for 1840-1891 and 1901-1904. The 19th century will be complete by early 2006, with the 20th century following later in the year. 
  • Making of America  Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The book collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books with 19th century imprints. (Source: Making of America home page)
  • Mass Observation Online Click for database description. Mass Observation Online offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era.  The material covers the end of the ‘Hungry Thirties’ when the impact of the Depression was still being felt; the onset of war, the Blitz and war on the home front; the post war world, with the rise of consumerism and television (from the website). 
  • Medieval Travel Writing Click for database description. Presents manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. It features a number of medieval maps such as the famous ‘Beatus’ and ‘Psalter’ maps, individual manuscript illuminations, and some modern translations of key travel texts. (from the website)
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture Click for database description. Contains over 119,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. This database provides the full text of primary historical documents.
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial - 1950 Click for database description. Includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters. This database provides the full text of primary historical documents.
  • OECD iLibrary Click for database description. An online resource with access to OECD books, reports, annuals, working papers, loose-leaf binders, periodicals and databases. Comprises 20 thematic book collections (also individually catalogued in TOPCAT), 24 periodicals, 3 reference titles, and 24 OECD statistical databases – all in full text.
  • Old Bailey Online A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court from 1674 to 1913.
  • OurOntario.ca Click for database description. Text, audio, video and image digital materials about Ontario history, heritage and culture, of interest to researchers, students, genealogists, educators, information professionals and the general populace. 
  • Our Roots is on online collection of digitized Canadian local history material. The site was developed by the University of Calgary and Université Laval.
  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007 Click for database description. This extraordinary resource on trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition brings together original manuscript and rare printed material from dozens of libraries and archives across the Atlantic world (from the website). 
  • The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 Click for database description. The complete digital edition of The Times (London). Can be searched by keyword or browsed by date.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000 Click for database description. Full text primary historical documents dealing with the history of women in the United States. 

Video & Film

The Trent Library owns many videos (media) and these can be found by searching TOPCAT. See our webpages on Media for more information.

The following are online subscriptions to media streaming sites or databases that include some video. A reminder that streaming media is subject to Copyright and users should confirm the copyright status of materials before public showings, etc.

  • Business Videos Click for database description. from EBSCO  EBSCO's Business Source Complete includes a collection of business videos from the Harvard Faculty Seminar Series. Follow the link to Business Source Complete, then choose "Business Videos" from the search screen.
  • Criterion-on-Demand. Click for database description. An online digital delivery feature film system. Users may stream or download from a selection of over 2900 films ranging from classic film, documentaries, international film, North American feature films, cult classics, and more.
  • Internet Archive Moving Image Archive Digital movies uploaded by Archive users - from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download. Check the FAQ for more information.
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments  A peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological research in a video format.
  • National Film Board (NFB) Online Screening Room Click for database description. Streaming video access to almost 3,000 films, clips and trailers from the NFB collection via their website. See the description for this resource.
  • Streamed Films & Trent Library Click for database description. A small number of our purchased films have been licensed, digitized, and hosted for streaming over the internet. Titles were selected based on circulation activity, demand for materials moving between Peterborough and Oshawa, and availability of streaming rights. Resolution is best on a personal computer/tablet screen. Links to specific films can be found in TOPCAT.
  • Thanhouser Online A free streaming service with 50+ films from the early 1900s.
  • Theatre In Video Click for database description. Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video. See the description for this resource.
  • Media Resources & Links Trent Library's webpage of sources for media. Most of these are free sites.

Newspapers

Many indexes include some newspapers. See our webpage on Newspapers at Trent.

The following are online subscriptions.