Trials and new electronic resources

The SBA favors the purchase of resources in electronic format in order to offer its users assets that are updated, scientifically authoritative and always accessible remotely, in line with the University's sustainability policy.

To ensure what it offers is relevant, the SBA carries out trials during which university members have access to new online resources.

Covid-19: open or free access to online resources

To facilitate as far as possible access to information and research and teaching activities during this health emergency, some publishers have made available resources and tools for free that are usually only available via paid subscription. These are added to the University's electronic resources and open access resources.

Most of these resources can also be found from the cerCa’ portal.

Apart from certain platforms to which you can connect freely, in order to consult these resources from home, you need to connect to the University network by following the instructions on the page Remote access to electronic resources.

List of the main initiatives

Resource Accessible Description
HeinOnline Until 31th December 2020 Access to about 2.800 journals and 3.000 ebooks dedicated to legal science.
JSTOR - Journals Until 31th December 2020 Free access to a large number of ejournals. To know which new titles are now accessible, consult the list of journals at the bottom of the page. Publishers participating in the initiative are continuously increasing in number.
L'Erma di Bretschneider Until 1st October 2020 Access to 1,200 ebooks and to many ejournals. L'Erma di Bretschneider is specialized in archeology, philology, history and art history.
Ohio State University Press For the duration of the Covid-19 emergency Free access to monographs and linguistics manuals through The Knowledge Bank, the university's institutional archive.
Perlego For 6 weeks Unlimited access to over 300,000 academic and university titles for 6 weeks, to be read both online and offline and on any device. To use the offer, go to the dedicated page and click on “Start free trial”. After the 14-day free trial period, the "iorestoacasa" code will automatically activate a further 4 weeks for free.
ProjectMUSE With various deadlines The ProjectMUSE portal offers a list of publishers who have made their catalogues of electronic books and magazines freely accessible. The accessible contents and the expiry date of the offer are indicated for each publisher. The list of publishers participating in the initiative is continuously updated.
Scripta Sinica Until 30th September 2020 Access to more than 1200 documents from the largest full-text database of classical and historical Chinese texts (new titles list) by the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica.
SpringerNature For the duration of the Covid-19 emergency Access to around 500 multidisciplinary textbooks (the majority in English, around 50 in German).


To request information and send comments and feedback on the resources under trial, write to

Ongoing trials:

  • Moazine - Korean Magazine Database: until 31 October 2020 a trial is available for this fulltext database of Korean magazines relating to the humanities and social sciences (arts and entertainment, culture, education, politics, economics and society). You can consult the list of available titles and a presentation of the database.
  • Artstor: until 31 December 2020 a trial is available for this database which provides access to about 300 collections and 3 million high-definition images relating to art, architecture, humanities and sciences from museums, archives photographers, photographers, researchers and artists. To use advanced features, you need to register by creating a personal account on the platform. For more information on the collections you can consult this page: About Artstor.

These resources are accessible on the University network.

New resources

The resources are accessible, on the University network and remotely through the search tools (cerCa', databases, electronic periodicals catalogue, etc.).

List of the most recent acquisitions:

  • JoVE Science Education: SBA has recently subscribed the Science education section of JoVE, an online magazine that combines scientific studies and videos, particularly useful for online teaching in this period of health emergency. The following parts are accessible: JoVE Chemistry, JoVE Lab Chemistry, JoVE Environmental Sciences, Basic Biology
  • A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese Online: a new Brill resource for studying the Chinese language and civilization is available on the University network from the database page. It is a Chinese - English dictionary with over 8000 characters relating to the lexicon of the Chinese language of the classical and medieval period (500 BC-1000 AD)
  • Rivisteweb: we have subscribed for access to 25 magazines from this collection. They are Italian magazines relating to the field of human and social sciences by the publishers Il Mulino and Carocci, which can be consulted online on the University network from cerCa’, from the catalogue of electronic periodicals and from the databases page

Last update: 18/09/2020