Learn a foreign language this summer!

Do you know what foreign languages your friends at Regent are learning? Between May 2019 and April 2020, the Regent community studied 40 modern and 4 ancient language courses using the Mango Languages software. 55% of all learning sessions were on mobile devices, with an average session length of 16 minutes, which suggests that dedicating a small amount of time each day is all that is required to make meaningful progress in a foreign language.

Here, by order of registered learners, are the twenty most popular Mango languages at Regent during the past year:

Rank Language Regent Registered Learners
1 French 495
2 Spanish, Latin American 324
3 German 254
4 Japanese 82
5 Hebrew, Biblical 66
6 Hebrew. Modern 65
7 Greek, Modern 79
8 Chinese, Mandarin 31
9 Arabic, Egyptian 31
10 Hindi 31
11 Tagalog 24
12 Greek, Koine (New Testament) 23
13 Italian 22
14 Korean 18
15 Portuguese, Brazilian 11
16 Romanian 11
17 Russian 10
18  Arabic, MSA  9
19 Latin 7
20 Arabic, Levantine 6

Mango offers an amazing array of language and cultural products available 24/7 to current Regent users and alumni, including 72 foreign languages, 17 ESL courses, and special cultural training courses, such as Arab etiquette and Chinese business customs. For advanced learners, Mango even has full-length foreign films with subtitles and special learning tools.

Whether you are planning a mission trip to Japan, getting in touch with your Irish roots, or have always wanted to read the Bible in the original Hebrew and Greek, Mango Languages can help you achieve your goals. Language study is a crucial component for understanding another culture. While complete fluency in a language requires years of study, even basic proficiency will make you feel more at ease when abroad and impress your overseas contacts with your good manners in taking the time to learn some of their language. It will also make your time in a foreign country much more rewarding. As the great filmmaker Federico Fellini put it, “A different language is a different vision of life.”

Alumni benefits at the Library

The Library faculty and staff offer our sincere congratulations to all new graduates of Regent University. We are honored to have played a role in your accomplishment and would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Regent alumni have lifetime borrowing privileges at the Library. In addition, we are able to offer alumni access to thirteen online databases. So no matter where the future takes you, keep us in mind for your information needs.

To check out materials or use databases, please submit the online Alumni Registration Form. Processing may take up to five business days for verification and approval. For more information, please see the Services for Alumni page.

New premium video databases

The Library has purchased subscriptions to two premium video databases:

Academic Video Online (AVON) is the world’s most comprehensive streaming academic video collection. It contains nearly 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas, including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, performing arts, and more. AVON has more than twice the content of any other academic video database. Just a few of the providers represented include CNN, BBC, PBS, Sony Pictures Classics, 60 Minutes, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Behavioral and Mental Health Online (BMHO) is a multimedia resource with more than 2,500 videos and almost 3,500 books, documents and transcripts, BMHO is a fundamental resource for studying and teaching in the areas of behavioral and mental health. This ever-growing multi-media resource includes videos of real clinical mental health sessions, DSM-5/ICD-10 video content, psychotherapy transcripts, reference works, clinical mental health textbooks and workbooks, psychological experiments, and more.

As always, the Library depends on our users to help select, renew, or cancel online subscriptions. Please share your opinion or questions about AVON or BMHO in the comment box below.

Expanded Journal, E-book, and Video Content

Just a few of the scholarly publishers offering free content this semester

With hundreds of universities around the world now providing all instruction and services online, many scholarly publishers and database providers are offering free emergency access to thousands of online journals, monographs, textbooks, and streaming video.

Some of the publishers offering this temporary access include JSTOR, ProjectMuse, ProQuest, SAGE, Kanopy, and CENGAGE. The dates of free access vary with each vendor from the end of May to the end of June.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of these valuable trials, located on the Library’s campus closure support guide. Please note that this emergency content is not discoverable in Summon. While some vendors, such as JSTOR, are adding the additional content to our existing subscriptions, the best place to know what’s available and access it is through our guide.

While we cannot make any commitments regarding new subscriptions, the librarians will consider seriously all student and faculty opinions of these resources in our purchasing decisions. Please email your comments to librarians@regent.edu.