Trials: Oxford Handbooks Online, Philosophy and Religion

Oxford Handbooks Online brings together the world’s leading scholars to write review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate. Oxford Handbooks are one of the most successful and cited series within scholarly publishing, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Through March 28, the library is offering trials of the handbooks, giving us the opportunity to preview the content before we commit the funds to subscribing to it. Your feedback is important in evaluating new electronic content & resources.

You can check the Religion & Philosophy subject areas under the “browse by subject” menu. Available on campus only.

Oxford Handbooks Online, Philosophy
43 handbooks reviewing the various questions epistemologists have asked regarding testimonial belief and knowledge, including recent scholarly content from Medieval Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Ethics, and Phenomenology.

Oxford Handbooks Online, Religion

27 books providing new essays on critical topics and emerging issues in the study of religion, complementing hundreds of essays on Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and cross-cultural thematic studies.

Contact Angie Beiriger with questions or comments.

Shen Bao Digital Archive


Shen Bao Digital Archive

The very first newspaper in China with a Chinese editorial staff, the full-image and full-text Shen Bao Digital Archive gives unique insight into the transition of China from the nineteenth century until Mao.

Established in 1872, Shen Bao (historically transliterated as Shun Pao or Shen-pao) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper of before the establishment of the People’s Republic. Published in Shanghai until 1949, Shen Bao was founded by Englishman Ernest Major, but, uniquely, as a newspaper for Chinese readers, written by Chinese reporters. During its existence, Shen Bao gradually shifted from a conservative to a more liberal perspective, and played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the imperial period and into the tumultuous beginnings of modern China. Shen Bao’s innovations in printing technologies, specialized use of the telegraph, and dispatch of special military correspondents gave it an edge, and today that valuable insight is preserved and made available in the Shen Bao Digital Archive.

The Shen Bao Digital Archive presents the complete collection of all issues, from the newspaper’s founding in 1872 to 1949 and is an invaluable research tool. Containing more than 2 million articles, the database is 100% full-text searchable and contains the full-image of each page. Both the full-text and the full-image are retrieved in a single search, and full text may be easily copied from the full-image as well.

You must access the database from the Reed campus.  Please send any feedback to
Jim Holmes

Russian databases – Stalin Archive & Iskusstvo Kino

The SDA is a result of collaboration between the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI) and Yale University Press (YUP) to create an electronic database of finding aids, to digitize documents and images, and to publish in different forms and media materials from the recently declassified Stalin archive in the holdings of RGASPI.  The trial is authenticated through Reed computer IP addresses.  However, you still need to register a personal account (takes 30 sec).
Iskusstvo kino, established in 1931, is the leading journal of Russian, and formerly Soviet, cinema. Iskusstvo kino includes critical reviews of both domestic and foreign film, as well as scholarly articles on cinematic theory and history as well as the Russian culture and arts scene. It was first published under title Proletarskoe kino(1931-1932), then Sovetskoe kino(1933-1935), and finally under the present name (since 1936). This full-text/full-image presentation makes the prose and visual content of this important resource available as never before.  You must access from the Reed campus.
Please send any feedback to

Jim Holmes

Streaming trial – Independent films & shorts

Through November 3, 2012, all students, faculty, and staff may access New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts by going directly to:
The collection delivers approximately 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and the Global Films Initiative, along with over fifty award-winning shorts. All films were shown at major festivals, many were nominated for awards, and several have won major awards. Films include the Oscar-nominated Twilight Samurai, directed by Yôji Yamada, Oscar-nominated The Scent of Green Papaya, directed by Tran Anh Hung, Oscar-nominated Dogtooth, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner The Piano Teacher, directed by Michael Haneke.

Please send any feedback to Jim Holmes.

Classical Music in Video Trial

From Alexander Street Press –

Classical Music in Video will contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video—approximately 1,500 performances in all. The collection will contain performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.  This release contains 435 video titles totaling 219 hours.

Please send any feedback to Erin Conor Performing Arts Librarian

Trial of VAST – streaming video

VAST is a new interdisciplinary collection of streaming videos from Alexander Street Press including –

.    84 videos in Area Studies Video Online
.    147 videos in Art and Architecture Video Online
.    91 videos in Business and Economics Video Online
.    124 videos in Politics and Current Affairs Video Online
.    225 videos in Ethnic Studies Video Online
.    126 videos in Health and Healthcare in Video
.    173 videos in Humanities Video Online
.    197 videos in Criminal Justice and Law in Video
.    92 videos in World Languages and Literature in Video
.    115 videos in Philosophy and Religious Studies in Video
.    92 videos in Psychology Video Online
.    111 videos in Science Video Online
.    88 videos in Women’s and Gender Studies Video Online

Videos can be linked or embedded on webpages.  Each video has a full transcript and an editor for making clips.  Please send any feedback to Jim Holmes

Trial of Jewish Studies Source

Jewish Studies Source (JSS) presents a multidisciplinary view into the study of Jewish civilization from its historical origins to the present. JSS contains the full-text of many academic journals, biographies of leading historical and contemporary Jews, and relevant coverage from major periodicals and newspapers – including the entire Jewish Telegraphic Agency database from 1922 to present.

Please send any feedback to Joanna Burgess.

Trial of Women and Social Movements International

The library is currently running a trial of Women and Social Movements International.  It is comprised of primary documents from women activists from 1840 – Present

Women and Social Movements International is a new database, meant to complement Women and Social Movements in the United States, to which Reed currently subscribes.

Our trial runs until March 3rd and should be available from any computer on campus.

If you have comments about the database, please contact Rachel Bridgewater.

Several new trials

The library is currently conducting trials of a number of new resources.  Trials give us the opportunity to try a resource out before we commit the funds to subscribing to or purchasing it.  Feedback from you – the Reed community – helps us make these decisions.  Go ahead and give these resources a try (from on campus) and let us know what you think!

Environment Complete

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center Plus

NBC Archives on Demand

If you try one of these and really like it (or if you don’t like it!), let us know.  You can mention it to your library liaison, to a librarian at the reference desk, or send feedback to Rachel Bridgewater.