Database Trial: South Asia Archive

In February and March, the library is trialing a new databases subscription to the South Asia Archive. Derived from original archive materials held by the South Asia Research Foundation, the collection includes journals, books, legislative acts, colonial and post-colonial reports, and film booklets. Note: you will not be able to save documents as PDFs during the trial.

If you have feedback on the database, please let us know.

Día de los muertos at Reed Library

Día de los muertos is a popular Mexican holiday that dates back 3000 years to the Aztec Empire. Those who celebrate Día de los muertos believe that on midnight October 31st and November 1st the souls of their departed loved ones descend to visit their families.

Monday, October 28th
Is there a dead poet or author you admire?
Come share your ideas for our ofrenda.
Library Lobby 1-2 PM

Tuesday, October 29th
Papel Picado Party
Help us cut our brightly colored tissue paper designs and make cempazuchitl flowers.
Library Room L17 1-2 PM

Friday, November 1st
It is believed the dead enjoy the tastes and smells of food. Join us for pan de muerto and chocolate as we celebrate Día de los Muertos.
Library Lobby 1-3 PM

All events are free and open to students, faculty, and staff. For more information contact Lily De La Fuente, Humanities Librarian, at

Ofrenda = an offering
Calavera = representation of a skull
Papel picado = perforated paper
Pan de muerto = sweet bread traditionally baked for Día de los muertos
Cempazuchitl flowers = marigolds

Mueller Report Now Available

A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was released online to the public April 18th. There are now two print copies available in the Library: one is on the New Book Shelf in the Periodical Reading Room and the other is shelved in the Government Documents Room.

Logo for the Federal Depository Library ProgramReed College Library received the report through the Federal Depository Library Program. Reed has been participating in the program since 1912.

New Primary Sources Database Trial: AM Explorer

Adam Matthew publishes unique primary sources for the social sciences and humanities. AM Explorer provides access to the entire portfolio from Adam Matthew from the 15th – 21st centuries. Collections include African American Communities, Defining Gender, Eighteenth Century Drama, and many more.

Access millions of pages of primary sources through AM Explorer. Database trial will run through May 31st. Please send any feedback to

Workshops on Research Methods

Quantitative Methods WorkshopThe Library subscribes to Sage Research Methods Online, a database with over 1,000 videos, books, handbooks, and journal articles focusing on research design and methods in the social sciences. This Thursday, September 6th, a trainer from Sage will lead workshops in Library L17 on using the tool. Snacks will be provided!

1:30-2:30 pm: Quantitative Methods Workshop 

3:30-4:30pm: Ethnographic Methods WorkshopEthnographic Methods Workshop

NEW: Keywords for Radicals

In honor of May Day / International Worker’s Day (Tuesday, May 1, 2018), we want to highlight a recent acquisition in the Library, Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle.

“An extraordinary volume that provides nothing less than a detailed cognitive mapping of the terrain for everyone who wants to engage in radical politics.”—Slavoj Žižek, author of Living in the End Times

“Keywords for Radicals recognizes that language is both a weapon and terrain of struggle, and that all of us committed to changing our social and material reality, to making a world justice-rich and oppression-free, cannot drop words such as ‘democracy,’ ‘occupation,’ ‘colonialism,’ ‘race,’ ‘sovereignty,’ or ‘love’ without a fight. —Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“A primer for a new era of political protest.” —Jack Halberstam, author
of Female Masculinity

An update to the landmark 1976 Keywords by Raymond Williams, Keywords for Radicals explores the words that shape our current political landscape.

Available online, check it out today!

Better Together: Academic Support & Library Workshops

Each semester, Academic Support Services and Library staff host workshops for students on general study skills, research skills, quantitative skills, and senior thesis-writing. In an effort to make it easier for students to find out about upcoming workshops, the DoJo and the Library have created a combined workshop list.

You can find it on both the Academic Support Services and Library websites.






Many thanks to Public Affairs and Conference & Events Planning for their help in creating the combined workshop list!

NEW: Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies

In honor of National Coming Out Day (Wednesday, October 11, 2017), we want to highlight a recent acquisition in the Library, the Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. This contemporary three volume, 1396 page, encyclopedia is available online. The encyclopedia explores the lives and experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals, focusing on the contexts and forces that shape their lives through the lenses of psychology, human development and sociology, emphasizing queer, feminist and ecological perspectives on the topic. Includes bibliographical references and index. Check it out today!