September is database trials month at the Library!

The AUM Library has a number of databases on trial this month, as part of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries twice a year database trials month.

Databases ranging from Civil War primary sources to evidence-based medicine resources are available through our Trials and Test Databases Libguide ( Here are some summaries of a few of them:

Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale’s literary databases in a digital environment allowing researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content.

Civil War Primary Sources presents manuscript material chronicling all aspects of the American Civil War from warfare on land, at sea, in hospitals and prison camps, and reactions and impressions of the War from the home front. Focuses on the War as it was fought from 1861 to 1865 and represents both Northern and Southern perspectives. It also contains important contextual documents leading up to War and after its conclusion.

Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence-Based Practice has a comprehensive range of resources including over 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

L’Annee Philologique, available only in the library until now, is published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique and is a specialized database of scholarly works relating ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, including early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. Includes citations to journal articles and books, with abstracts in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian.

National Geographic Virtual Library is a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today’s students and patrons conduct their research. With features and functionality common to many Gale resources, National Geographic Virtual Library is a powerful tool for research through the 100+ years of quality publications.

Nature, the flagship journal of Nature Publishing Group is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. Every week readers rely on Nature for the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, and timeliness.

Scientific American is the longest continuously published magazine in the United States. Every month, subscribers turn to the magazine for unique insight into developments in science, technology and medicine. Scientific American features articles by scientists, many of whom are Nobel Prize winners and top journalists.

Smithsonian Collections Online contains the full archive of Air & Space Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, this resource presents a unique and comprehensive insight into history, science, nature, the arts, innovation, technology, and world culture.

These databases are only a few of the ones on trial this month; the trials end Sept. 30, 2013, so be sure you stop by and take a look at them! The trials are at