Category Archives: Deeper into Databases

Online Spotlight: Succeed with Summon

This month we begin a new monthly column in which we will highlight some of Library’s most important (and occasionally enjoyable) online resources that all students should know about. The goal is to provide very brief introductions to sites on the Library website that will help you research faster and more effectively.

And our first online resource is…

Summon

Summon is a kind of search engine purpose-built for academic libraries. Summon allows you to search almost all of the Library’s holdings and locate items such as full-text journal and periodical articles, books and ebooks, dissertations, AV and streaming video, and more.

Summon is able to search millions of records and locate highly relevant resources for the researcher thanks to the intuitive filters on the search screen. Unlike a web search engine like Google, where the trying different keyword combinations is the only way to locate what you are after, with Summon the filters allow you to start from the initial (usually enormous) search results and telescope into the articles, books, and videos you are really looking for.

Summon is a great place to begin any research project because it searches easy-to-overlook databases and e-book collections. Ready to get started? Click here to try a few searches, or view the short video tutorials first on our Summon Quick Guide.

While Summon is not an answer to every research problem, it is a powerful tool that can generally find the right resources for completing your projects. For questions about Summon, contact us by phone, email, text or chat.

IEEE Computer Society Digital Library

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world’s largest technical professional society. It is designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of electrical, electronic, and computing fields.

The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) covers all areas of computing in new and emerging technologies as well as seminal papers and best practices. The CSDL provides online access to 33 journals and transactions and more than 9,000 conference publications.

Along with ACM Digital Library, the CSDL is a core resource for study and research in computer science, computer engineering, cyber security, and digital forensics.

To begin searching CSDL, click here.

Major New Archive of American Periodicals, 1684-1912

Regent students and faculty now have access to the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection. Founded in 1812, the AAS is the oldest historical society in the United States and one of the most important libraries documenting the life of the American people from the colonial era through the first years of the 20th century.

The Historical Periodicals Collection provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. For this project, the AAS partnered with EBSCO to place more than 6,500 original documents onto the EBSCOhost platform to provide maximum functionality for researchers. Subjects covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.

This archive is an indispensable source for any research into the history and culture of the United States. To begin using the Historical Periodicals Collection, click here.

Online Foreign Language Learning

Do you know what foreign language your friends at Regent are learning? Between May 2017 and April 2018, the Regent community studied more and 40 modern and ancient languages courses using the Mango Languages software. 70% of all learning sessions were on mobile devices, with an average session length of 11 minutes, which indicates that a just few dedicated minutes per 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 Learners
1 Spanish (Latin American) 195
2 Korean 152
3 Japanese 93
4 French 92
5 German 91
6 Hebrew (Modern) 89
7 Italian 87
8 Portuguese (Brazil) 37
9 Chinese (Mandarin) 33
10 Hebrew (Biblical) 30
11 Greek (New Testament) 26
12 Tagalog 24
13 Arabic (Levantine) 22
14 Russian 18
15 Arabic (Egyptian) 12
16 Latin 8
17  Irish 7
18 Greek (Ancient) 5
19 Greek (Modern) 5
20 Romanian 5

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, Chinese feng shui, and the language of romance in Italy and France. For advanced learners, Mango even has full-length foreign films with subtitles and special learning tools.

Whether you are planning a mission trip to Brazil, 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 Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “No man should travel until he has learned the language of the country he visits. Otherwise he voluntarily makes himself a great baby, so helpless and so ridiculous.”

To begin your journey with Mango, click here.

Sign up for RefWorks!

nrwIf you haven’t already, the first week of the October term is the perfect opportunity to register for a RefWorks account.

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is the world’s premier citation management software. RefWorks allows you to organize citations for all of your research in one easy-to-use online account. The intuitive interface allows you to create folders for all of your projects into which you can export citations for journals, books, and AV items from the Library databases. RefWork’s highly accurate reference generator creates bibliographies in all major styles.

With RefWorks, you will have your own permanent online database of all the research you do at Regent, which you get to keep after graduating – all alumni retain access to their RefWorks accounts after graduating!

To get started with this indispensable resource, login in here and enter your Regent e-mail address so that RefWorks will recognize you as a Regent user. Follow the prompts, and voila! – You will be the proud owner of your own RefWorks account.
Once you have an account, the best thing to do is to watch a few tutorials on RefWorks’
YouTube channel.

From simple bibliographies to papers formatted with in-text citations or footnotes, RefWorks handles it all. Sign up for this tool before your first research project!