Category Archives: Deeper into Databases

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!

Read major US newspapers daily through Factiva

To get to the newspapers, click on the "News Pages" tab. To get to the newspapers, click on the “News Pages” tab.

Regent students, staff, and faculty have daily access to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Barron’s, Forbes, and other leading national papers.

To take advantage of this valuable feature, simply log in to Factiva database. Once you are in the database, choose the “News Pages” tab at the top of the page. Factiva’s newspaper interface is very user-friendly, allowing you to navigate quickly with drop-down menus to different dates and different sections within the paper. So whether you like to follow daily political, international, financial, or opinion pages, Factiva will allows you to check quickly for items of interest to you.

To begin using Factiva, click here.

Summoning Great Things!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

SummonLogo1On Tuesday, January 17, the Regent University Library celebrated the official roll-out of its new discovery tool, Summon. A discovery tool simplifies the search process by enabling you to search for books and e-books from the Library Catalog and journal articles from most of our databases in a single search. You can find the search tool in the center of the Library homepage. It is the simplest way to launch your research.

As part of our roll-out, we encouraged the Regent community to give Summon a try through a contest that challenged each entrant to answer three search questions. Four entrants who answered correctly were selected at random to win an Amazon gift card. We are happy to congratulate our winners:

Mathematics Database: MathSciNet

Seal of the American Mathematical Society. The Greek motto, "Let no one ignorant in geometry enter," was reportedly engraved on the door of Plato's Academy.  Seal of the American Mathematical Society. The Greek motto, “Let no one ignorant in geometry enter,” was reportedly engraved on the door of Plato’s Academy.

The Library now has a subscription to MathSciNet, the electronic publication of the American Mathematical Society. MathSciNet is the most comprehensive mathematics database available and offers access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts, and bibliographic information for mathematical literature.

MathSciNet contains millions of items and direct links to original articles from over 1,800 journals. Over 100,000 new items are added to the database each year. Bibliographic data for digital archives date back to the early 1800s.

Click here to begin using MathSciNet. A short tutorial on YouTube is available by clicking here.

The Library strives to provide the highest quality databases possible in each discipline. Student and faculty comments are an important part of how we accomplish this. Please consider sharing your opinion of MathSciNet by filling out this short evaluation form.

Graphs of functions showing an average rate of change. (Source: Image Quest database) Graphs of functions showing an average rate of change. (Source: Image Quest database)