Resources Under Evaluation (Trials)

Please note

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In addition to commenting below and directing comments directly to the selector librarian listed with each resource, you can also send comments on any of these resources to lisa-martincik@uiowa.edu.

nkoda Digital Sheet Music Library – Trial ends 25 September

nkoda is the “Spotify of sheet music.”

For a 14-day trial please go to https://www.nkoda.com/institutions/trial/iowa and follow these steps:

  1. It’s important to go through the process on the link provided, before downloading the app
  2. Once you’re on the trial page, enter your email address in the field provided
  3. Click ‘Get started’
  4. Fill out your details to create your account
  5. Click ‘Next’
  6. Your account has been created, and you now have free access to nkoda for 14 days
  7. Click on the relevant App Store link to download the app
  8. Once you have the app downloaded, click ‘Log in/Restore’
  9. Click ‘Or log in via e-mail’
  10. Fill in the details created on the trial page, press ‘Login’, and you’re ready to start exploring!

You can also find a tutorial at https://youtu.be/cWLO0hpgggc.

Please send comments and questions to Katie Buehner.

KinoDen (Kinokuniya Digital Library) – Trial ended 31 May 2020

KinoDen is a cloud-based digital library service provided through the Internet. It was launched in 2018 with academic Japanese ebooks including recent titles. 

NB: The entire contents of most eBooks are freely accessible for five minutes. Page restrictions apply to certain titles.

Please contact Tsuyoshi Harada for the access serial code as well with comments.

Maruzen eBook Library (MeL) – Trial ended 31 May 2020

Maruzen eBook Library is an aggregated eBook service for academic, research and educational institutions that MARUZEN-YUSHODO has originally been developing and operating. MeL has the largest line-up of Japanese academic and educational eBooks and journal backfiles (some current), and is recently expanding its line up of English academic and educational eBooks as well.

NB: Printing and downloading are not available for this free trial reading. There is also a 5-minute browsing limit per title per session.

Please send comments to Tsuyoshi Harada.

SciVal – Trial ended 30 May 2020

SciVal offers comprehensive access to the research performance of over 14,000 research institutions and their associated researchers from 230 nations worldwide.

Please note that registered users will have to sign in before using SciVal, and unregistered users will need to create an account. Questions? Contact Sara Scheib.

Please send comments to Linda Walton.

GIDEON – Trial ended 13 June 2020

GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) provides this comprehensive and accurate database of global infectious diseases. Updated daily, with information on the latest outbreaks, it’s ideal for help with diagnosing diseases and identifying organisms. Includes more than 30,000 graphs and images.

Please send comments to Janna Lawrence.

Fire Insurance Maps Online (FiMo) – Trial ended 19 May 2020

Fire Insurance Maps online (FIMo) is the only online subscription service that provides user-friendly access to this unique and extensive historical map collection. HIG owns the world’s largest online digital collection of color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases and similar land use maps for North America. Their high definition, color and gray-scale images display important historical details not visible on black and white map scans.

Please send comments to Brett Cloyd.