Category Archives: Deeper into Databases

Database Trial: Drama Online

Drama onlineThe Library has a trial subscription to Drama Online, an award-winning database for theatre arts. Just a small sampling of the content In Drama Online includes:

  • Playscript from Aeschylus to the present day.
  • The internationally renowned Arden Shakespeare Series.
  • Hundreds of audio recordings of classic and modern plays.
  • Videos of 21 productions from the New Globe Theatre in London.
  • Masterclasses from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Our trial of Drama Online goes until January 28, 2016. Click here to take it for a test drive.

The Library strives to acquire the best possible databases for the research needs of Regent students, staff, and faculty. Your input during trials helps us decide whether or not to subscribe to a new database Please share your opinions on this resources by completing our short evaluation form.

Powerful New Statistics Database

With Statista, you can include charts like this...

With Statista, you can include charts like this…

The Library has a subscription to Statista, one of the world’s largest statistics portals. Statista contains over 1 million statistics on more than 80,000 topics. Data is drawn from 18,000 sources and over 500 new statistics are added daily.

Some of the uses for Statista include monitoring markets and consumer behavior, understanding social trends and shifts, and discovering new business opportunities.

No dry data!

…and this in your projects.

As impressive as the sheer volume of data in Statista is, the really unique thing about the database is its user-friendly interface and the full-color charts and graphs that accompany all statistics. Statista gives you to the power to explain and interpret complex data through intuitive graphics that can be exported into Excel or PowerPoint or saved as a PDF or PNG file. Statista’s infographics will definitely add a professional look to your projects.

Take Statista for a spin, and plug in literally any topic that interests you. To log in, click here.

Premier Political Science Database on Trial

EHPSCThe Library has a trial subscription to EBSCO Political Science Complete, one of the premier research databases in the world for this discipline.

Political Science Complete provides coverage of global political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary politics. Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations, and political theory. The database contains nearly 340 reference books and monographs, over 1,500 scholarly journals in full text, and more than 44,000 full-text conference papers.

According to Choice magazine, the review publication for the Association of College & Research Libraries, “Users will find no other source comparable to Political Science Complete. It captures the breadth of the subject with both a national and international perspective, drawing from scholarly, professional and peer-reviewed sources, and offering considerable full-text content—all in one place…Highly recommended.”

To try out Political Science Complete, click here. To comment about this or any other trial or any other electronic resource, use our online evaluation form.

Top Science Journal Available through the Library

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

The online journal features an engaging, user-friendly interface.

The online journal features an engaging, user-friendly interface.

Thanks to a “Science for Seminaries” awarded to the Regent University School of Divinity, the Library has a subscription to Science, one of the world’s most important scientific journals.

Science, also known as Science Magazine, is a top peer-reviewed journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The journal is published weekly and covers the full range of scientific disciplines. Features include new research, reviews, and news important to the scientific community.

The Science subscription will support interdisciplinary research and facilitate the integration of science and faith at Regent. Keep an eye out for other opportunities supported by this grant, such as campus guest speakers, a national conference about the intersection of the Holy Spirit, science, and theological education, and a peer-reviewed essay contest.

Overall, the goal of the grant is to improve the discourse around faith and science. School of Divinity professor Dr. Wolfgang Vondey explains, “We believe it will improve students’ understanding of the dynamic character of science in conversation with theological education, and it also provides teachers and students with resources to discuss the possible renewal of science and Christian faith.”

To take a look at Science, click here.

For more information about the School of Divinity’s receipt of this grant, see Mindy Hughes’s article for Regent Events.

Foreign Language Study at Regent

Do you know what foreign language your friends at Regent are learning? Between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2015, the Regent community studied 37 foreign languages and 15 cultural training courses using the Library’s Mango Languages software. The total number of learning sessions was 472, and the total time spent using the software was 88 hours. 27% of all learning sessions were on mobile devices, and the average session length was 11 minutes, which shows that a few dedicated minutes per day is all that is required to make meaningful progress in a foreign language.

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

Rank Language Learning Sessions
1 Modern Greek 82
2 Spanish (Latin American) 76
3 French 50
4 Biblical Hebrew 18
5 German 17
6 Korean 16
7 Italian 16*
8 Russian 16*
9 Chinese (Mandarin) 12
10 Czech 11
11 Japanese 9
12 Modern Hebrew 9*
13 Pirate (Arr, Mate!) 9*
14 Vietnamese 7
15 Thai 6
16 Scottish Gaelic 5
17 Spanish (Castilian) 5*
18 Farsi (Persian)  5*
19 Dutch 4
20 Icelandic 4*
*In cases of equal number of learning sessions, rank is determined by total minutes.

Mango offers an amazing array of language and cultural products available 24/7 to current Regent users and alumni, including 66 foreign languages, 17 ESL courses, and special cultural training courses, such as Arab etiquette, Chinese feng shui, and the language of romance in Spanish and French-speaking countries. For advanced learners, Mango even has full-length foreign films with subtitles and special tools for language learners.

Whether you are planning a mission trip to Indonesia, getting in touch with your Norwegian 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.