Beginning in 2001, the Illinois State Library in collaboration with a long list of e-resource providers launched Try-It! Illinois, an extensive database trial for Illinois libraries. Since then, each year ILLINET member libraries, their staff, and patron communities have been invited to sample and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources for a two-month period.
The annual Try-It! Illinois program runs from October 1–November 30. Past vendors have included ABC-CLIO; Alexander Street Press; Capstone, Inc.; CQ Press; EBSCO; Facts on File; Gale-Cengage Learning; Oxford University Press; ProQuest; Scholastic, Inc., among many others.