Trial – Mango online language learning

Mango is a subscription-based product available for libraries. It includes a variety of resources to help patrons learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken all around the world including –

Arabic (Egyptian)
Arabic (Levantine)
Arabic (MSA)
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Farsi (Persian)
French (Canadian)
Scottish Gaelic
Greek (Ancient)
Greek (Koine)
Haitian Creole
Biblical Hebrew
Portuguese (Brazil)
Spanish (Latin America)
Spanish (Spain)

Click here to access the trial. Please send any feedback to Jim Holmes

Trial – China Data Service

The Library has added two new products (China Census and Spatial Data Service) for trial to accompany its current China Data Statistics database. The trial will last the week of August 19. Please contact a librarian if you have a question.

The database can be accessed:

1. The Online China Census Data Service, which covers:
(15) Economic census 2004
(16) Industrial census 1995
(17) Census 1982
(18) Census 1982(10%)
(19) Census 1990
(20) Census 1995(1%)
(21) Province Census 2000
(22) County Census 2000
(23) Census 2005(1%)
(24) Advanced search

2. The China Spatial Data Service (China Geo-Explorer service II):

This new service provides easy access to many time-saving, easy-to-use, and pre-formatted summary, comparison and rank reports and maps, and allows users to quickly retrieve information for any area of Mainland China, which includes: Unlimited access to demographic and business data, maps and reports for Mainland China at various administrative levels; Efficient data integration for spatial and non-spatial data (custom radii, administrative units, spatial boundaries); Quick and accurate location analysis and spatial assessment; Identify spatial patterns and trends; Generate time-saving, easy-to-use, and customized reports; Dynamic charts, tables and maps; Export to PDF, Excel, Word, or Shape files.

Trial – PolicyMap

PolicyMap is a fully web-based Geographic Information System. It’s fast, efficient and captures data in visually powerful ways through custom demographic maps, tables, reports and our analysis tool, Analytics. You can even use our GIS mapping services to easily incorporate your own data and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available in PolicyMap. Available data includes demographics, home sale statistics, health data, mortgage trends, school performance scores and labor data like unemployment, crime statistics and city crime rates.A complete list of data available can be found in our data directory.

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.