Trial Access to Online Resources

The Library regularly arranges trials for new / unsubscribed online resources/tools. Publishers are usually willing to provide trial access to allow us to use and evaluate a resource before making a decision about a subscription/purchase. Currently, the following resource is on trial access till December 2022.

QuillBot - a paraphrasing and summarizing tool

QuillBot is an AI-powered EdTech writing platform with online writing and research tools to research and communicate ideas efficiently, whether you're writing emails, essays, a thesis, or blogs. The platform consists of productivity-enhancing tools such as ParaphraserGrammar CheckerSummarizerCitation GeneratorWord counter, etc., for academic writing. 

The user guide ( consists of every minute detail for users to view and understand how to use tools, extensions, data privacy and security, FAQs, etc. 

Demo videos:

1. Scholarcy: Power of Artificial Intelligence

The library is pleased to announce trial access to Scholarcy, an AI-powered knowledge management tool specifically designed for students and research scholars. Scholarcy identifies the key facts, findings, and learning points in research papers and book chapters. Everyone with an email address can sign up for a Scholarcy Library account here:

2. Trial access to Science Translational Medicine

The library is pleased to inform you about trial access to Science Translational Medicine (journal) published by AAAS.  The trial will be open till the end of December 2021.

Science Translational Medicine (2009 – current issues):

3. Trial access to 26 unsubscribed Nature-branded journals till the end of December 2021

The library is pleased to inform you about trial access to the remaining twenty-six (26) unsubscribed nature-branded journals listed below:

1 Nature Aging 2 Nature Astronomy 3 Nature Biomedical Engineering 4 Nature Cancer 5 Nature Catalysis 6 Nature Computational Science 7 Nature Ecology & Evolution 8 Nature Food 9 Nature Machine Intelligence 10 Nature Metabolism 11 Nature Microbiology 12 Nature Reviews Cardiology 13 Nature Reviews Chemistry 14 Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology 15 Nature Reviews Disease Primers 16 Nature Reviews Earth & Environment 17 Nature Reviews Endocrinology 18 Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology 19 Nature Reviews Materials 20 Nature Reviews Methods Primers 21 Nature Reviews Nephrology 22 Nature Reviews Neurology 23 Nature Reviews Physics 24 Nature Reviews Rheumatology 25 Nature Reviews Urology 26 Nature Sustainability

You may access nature-branded or journals from other publishers by connecting to the IISc campus network through a VPN client or the Shibboleth single sign-on service set up by the library, accessible via the link

The trail access will end on 31 December 2021

Should you experience any problem while accessing the said resources, please contact me or Francis Jayakanth (

Please be aware that systematic/bulk downloading of online content will violate the license agreements with the publishers, and it may result in the publishers blocking access to the entire IISc community.

Best regards, Anand

Anand Byrappa, PhD.

J.R.D. Tata Memorial Library

Indian Institute of Science


Trials in the recent past

  1. Materials Science & Engineering journal package from SAGE (June - December 2018).
  2. Trans Tech publications Inc., from 22 January 2018 - 28 February 2018.
  3. The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) from 18 August 2017- 16 September 2017
  4. Free access to all Wiley journals from 1997 onward. Access period, September 17 - 30, 2018 
  5. JoVE Journals
  6. Scholarcy: Power of Artificial Intelligence
  7. Science Translational Medicine
  8. 26 unsubscribed Nature-branded journals