Illinois State Library Offers Free Trial Databases

It’s that time again. This marks the eighteenth year for the Illinois State Library’s free trial database program, Try-It! Illinois. Users of over 5,000 Illinois ILLINET libraries are allowed trial access to numerous databases.  DSC00587

Illinois residents request a user name and password from their library or through the Try-It! Illinois website. Do not publish passwords.

The database trials help the state library to know which databases users want. The Try-It! Illinois trial period lasts from 1 October to 30 November 2017. 

Here is a small sampling of this year’s databases.

African-American History Online

American Indian History Online

Armed Conflict Database

Digital Sanborn Maps Geo Edition

FOLD3 Library Edition

Historic Map Works Library Edition

Historical Chicago Defender (1909-1975)

Historical Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1992)

Historical New York Times (1851 – 2012)

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Full Text

Latino American Experience

Mango Languages

MyHeritage Library Edition

National Survey of State Laws

Newspaper Archive

Newspaper Source Plus Library Edition

ProQuest Communist Historical Newspaper Collection

ProQuest Religious Magazine Archive

Public Record Electronic Database

Rosetta Stone (I’m learning Irish!)

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, & the Law

No affiliation with an Illinois library? Take a peek at libraries that you are affiliated with to learn if they offer database trial programs.

Happy searching!

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