Trial Databases

The BC Library has obtained trial access to the databases below. As part of the evaluation process, we would like your feedback.

Please send your comments on the trial databases' content, quality, or ease of use to or contact Phil Roché, Director of Library & Learning Services, at 979-230-3259 or

American National Biography Online (ANB)

Trial ends November 26, 2021

Discover biographies of more than 19,000 men and women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped American history and culture.

Featuring thousands of illustrations, and tens of thousands of hyperlinked cross-references and links to other (select) websites, the ANB is a powerful research tool for all levels of study.

Feature Films for Education

Trial ends November 24, 2021

Feature Films for Education contains more than 620 full-length feature films for classroom use. This collection focuses on both current and hard-to-find titles for educational instructional purposes, including dramas, literary adaptations, blockbusters, classics, Academy Award®winners, and more.

In order to watch a video, you will be prompted to enter the following credentials:

Username: 000001

Password: liberal

Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection

Trial ends November 24, 2021

Films on Demand is a digital video streaming service that offers access to educational videos from a variety of producers including A&E, PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, HBO Documentary Films, Bill Moyers, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and more. The Master Academic Collection brings together over 25,000 videos from many areas of study, including health and medicine; humanities and social sciences; science and mathematics; business and economics, as well as archival films and newsreels.

Grove Art Online

Trial ends November 26, 2021

The Grove® Dictionary of Art is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of the visual arts, with 30,000 signed and peer-reviewed articles contributed by nearly 7,000 international scholars. Grove Art features entries on artists, architects, craftsmen, patrons, movements, locations, and periods, as well as bibliographies for further research and thousands of searchable images made available through Oxford’s partnerships with museums, galleries, and other outstanding arts organizations.

Grove Music Online

Trial ends November 26, 2021

Grove Music Online is the world’s premier online music encyclopedia, offering comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship. 

MLA Handbook Plus

Trial ends December 9, 2021

The go-to resource for writers of research papers and anyone citing sources is now available online. MLA Handbook Plus includes the full text of the ninth edition of the handbook and will soon host additional material, including other MLA guides and instructor resources.

Video Tutorial

Oxford African American Studies Center Online

Trial ends November 26, 2021

The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. 

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Trial ends November 26, 2021

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Oxford Reference Premium Collection

Trial ends November 26, 2021

Oxford Reference is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias. As you browse through Oxford Reference, you may find results that range from short-entry, general reference to more in-depth articles on specialized subjects.

Oxford World's Classics

Trial ends November 26, 2021

For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics have brought readers closer to the world’s great literature, and for the first time they are being brought together on a single online resource.

This resource provides access to novels and other writings from the 18th and 19th centuries and includes comprehensive introductions, clear explanatory notes, chronologies, and bibliographies for each work.

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1

Trial ends December 4, 2021

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen 1 is a collection of 21 plays recorded live on the Globe stage between 2008 and 2015. Inspired and informed by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theaters, Shakespeare’s Globe’s diverse program of work harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity, and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.

Watch The Tempest

Swank Digital Campus

Trial ends November 30, 2021

Swank Digital Campus is a streaming film database containing major motion pictures, documentaries, and television shows.  It provides digital streaming access to course-related films, allowing educators to provide enhanced learning experiences. It gives students the flexibility to legally view course-assigned films outside the classroom.

What Everyone Needs to Know

Trial ends November 26, 2021

Oxford University Press’s What Everyone Needs to Know® series offers a balanced and authoritative primer on complex current event issues and countries, spanning across popular topics and disciplines including Politics, Economics, Sciences, and Religion.

Available as an online resource since November 2020, WENTKs are written by leading experts in their fields and provide, in a straight-forward question-and-answer format, insight in such a way that students and scholars alike can stay up-to-date on the most important topics leading the discussion today in politics, health, global affairs, and more.