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:  http://feat.alexanderstreet.com.
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.

AP Images Trial

The library is running a trial of AP Images through Nov. 5th. The database contains:

-photos, graphics (maps, charts/data, timelines, logos), audio, and text
-contemporary (up to 48 hours ago) and historical coverage; images dating back to 1800s, audio files to 1920s

Try it and let us know what you think! Please send comments or questions to burgessj@reed.edu

eBooks on ScienceDirect

Now through next summer Reed College has access to over 800 eBooks on the ScienceDirect platform from publishers such as Elsevier, Pergamon and Academic Press. The eBooks are currently available in many subject areas, including biological sciencesbiochemistrychemistrycomputer scienceenergyeconomicsphysics, and psychology.

Titles are accessible via the Reed library catalog or from the ScienceDirect platform. Remember, when using the ScienceDirect interface, Reed has access to titles and articles with either of these symbols:   or   . Contact your subject librarian if you have any questions.