Festschrift Celebration for Dr. H. Vinson Synan

by Melody Diehl, Divinity Librarian

On Monday, December 1, the School of Divinity will host a Festschrift presentation to celebrate Dr. Vinson Synan’s 80th birthday and to honor his contributions to Pentecostal studies. Dr. Synan is one of the most significant scholars in the Pentecostal Renewal Movement. Over nearly fifty years of scholarship, he has authored more than fifteen books and taught at several colleges and universities. Dr. Synan has long been a part of Regent University, where he served as Dean of the School of Divinity and continues to teach courses as Dean Emeritus . Visit his Amazon author page for a complete listing of his books.

The event will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Library auditorium. We invite you to join us for this celebration as Drs. James Henderson and David Moore present a book written in Dr. Synan’s honor. To complement the event, Ellen Cox has created a display of books and photos from Dr. Synan’s distinguished career. It is located on the first floor to the right of the reference desk.

For more information, contact Kathy Schultz at 757-352-4419 or kschultz@regent.edu.

More Trial Databases

The Library currently has trials to three research databases:

AtoZ the World includes beautiful images of each country.

AtoZ the World includes beautiful images of each country.

AtoZ the World
AtoZ the World is the world’s most thorough country-by-country resource for learning about culture and customs worldwide. AtoZ the World consists of 175 Country Guides of 100+ topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.”

Trial expires December 11, 2014.

Digital Theatre Plus
“At the heart of Digital Theatre Plus is the ethos to share the best of British theatre with teachers and students all over the world. We strive to offer the highest quality online experience of theatre arts, working with creatives and educators to ensure that watching and discovering the world of a play online is an exciting, relevant and authentic learning experience.”

Trial expires December 1, 2014.

Education Week
“For 31 years, Education Week has been the leading publication for coverage of K-12 education news and for reaching K-12 administrators.” The mission of Education Week is “to provide K-12 leaders with objective reporting on the news, trends and events that shape the rapidly changing education landscape. K-12’s most influential decision makers and educators in schools across the U.S. rely on us because they know our unbiased coverage is found nowhere else.”

Trial expires December 12, 2014.

The Library strives to spend its electronic resources budget on databases that best support the research 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 these resources by completing our short evaluation form.

Image Credit: AtoZ the World, “Dormant volcano Mt. Ararat frames Khor Virap Monastery, whose history reflects Armenia’s Christian identity,” http://0-www.atoztheworld.com.library.regent.edu/content.php?cat=grw&cid=6&nid=65&next_nid=66&parent=Overviews

Watch foreign films online to improve your language skills

Learn to empathize in French by watching 36 vues du pic Saint-Loup.

Learn to empathize in French by watching 36 vues du pic Saint-Loup.

Say hello to the Library’s newest language-learning resource: Mango Premiere™.  The newest addition to the popular Mango Languages database, Mango Premiere is the first and only language-learning resource to teach through film.

Turning the entertainment experience into a learning experience, Mango Premiere exposes students to four key areas of language learning – vocabulary, phrases, culture and grammar – all while enjoying the fun and excitement of a movie.

Users are able to customize their learning experience by choosing how they want to watch a film.  In “Movie Mode”, you can watch the entire movie with your choice of subtitles (English subtitles, subtitles in the language you’re learning, or both).  Or you can select “Engage Mode” to learn each scene’s dialogue, part-by-part.

Along the way, you’ll see all the same features that Mango users have come to know and love: semantic color mapping, phonetic pop-ups, quizzes, Grammar Notes, Culture Notes, and more.

Click here to get started or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu with questions about using Mango.

Library launches Pinterest page

by Melody Diehl, Divinity Librarian

The Library is Pinning!

The Regent University Library is now showcasing the fun and beauty of the literary world through our photo-driven Pinterest page. Pinterest is a social media site that connects you with ideas, events, recipes, and more through visually stimulating images. The site has a simple layout, but is rich with content and connected to websites on every subject. Visit our Pinterest page and see our favorite places, cool book art, reading suggestions, and Library events.

As winter fast approaches, warm up with Louisa May Alcot’s Apple Slump from our literary foodie recipe board, get cozy by the fire with our Book Club titles, and satisfy all your Christmas shopping needs with our literary gift idea board. You can also learn about Virginia history or step into magnificent spaces from around the world.

When you click on the images, you will be whisked away to websites that provide full recipes, articles, and forums. We add pictures nearly every day, so “follow” us to see our latest posts immediately, and be sure to share your favorite posts on your own boards.

New Database: ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

Described as “a snapshot of America and its people,” The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the most comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Since its inception in 1878, it has been the most used statistical reference in U.S. libraries.

In 2013, ProQuest took over The Statistical Abstract when the U.S. Census Bureau ceased publication after 133 years. In the new online version, users can find the information they are looking for quickly in ProQuest’s familiar interface. Here is a quick overview of the database:

Researchers who used The Statistical Abstract online when it was hosted by the Census Bureau will find that ProQuest has improved the user-friendliness of the database and added a number of great features such as APA and MLA citations for each table. The Statistical Abstract is a core reference tool for business, government, and the social sciences and should be the go-to choice for any statistical inquiry about the United States.

To try out the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States, click here.