By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian
If you’re planning on taking a foreign language class this summer, travelling to a new country, or just want to brush up on your conversational skills, give Mango Languages a try!
Mango Languages is a fun way to learn a new language or enhance your current language skills using their engaging and interactive site. Mango Languages is available in over 50 languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese, and is a great tool for studying, personal enrichment, or professional development. Additionally, you can use Mango Languages on your smartphone and tablets in addition to your computer, free of charge.
GRCC Library currently has Mango Languages on trial for the next few weeks. If you have any questions or comments about the database, please email a librarian and we’ll return your email within a business day. Or if you’d like immediate assistance, give us a call instead!
In an effort to provide greater access to our American History in Video and World History in Video databases, we now have about 1800 of these online videos cataloged in RaiderSearch. When you see a record with a link that says “View this video” and click on that link, you’ll be taken to the screen within the database to watch the video online. A title search for “American History in Video” or “World History in Video” will let you view a list of all the records.
Here’s one to get you started –an interesting look at escape attempts from “The Rock”!
DATABASE TRIAL – World History in Video is an online collection of streaming video that gives students, faculty, and history lovers access to critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. GRCC’s Librarians are hosting this trial and WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
- This trial is available on-campus only. If GRCC licenses this product, it will be available both on- and off-campus.
- The trial ends December 17.
- There are two ways to connect to this database:
- Faculty are asked to email comments to departmental library liaisons or Miriam Thompson before the trial ends.
- Students are asked to email their comments to Nan Schichtel email@example.com before the trial ends.
- Size: Upon completion, the World History in Video collection will include more than 1,750 documentaries.
- International Scope: World History in Video covers Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.
- Producers: Videos are from the BBC, PBS, and other leading independent providers worldwide.
- Browse: historical eras, time periods, historical events, places, political or cultural groups, people (including historians, speakers, filmmakers, and historical figures), themes, and topics. Look at the videos by filmmaker, country of origin, production date, producer, and other features. Or discover relevant content by clicking into the collection’s world map.
- Search: 15+ combinable search fields let you cross-search all video transcripts, liner notes, bibliographic data (including producer, series, title, country of origin, publication date, narrator, production staff, and more), and many other indexed fields, including person discussed, year discussed, and all of the browse options listed above.
- Transcripts: Synchronized, searchable transcripts run alongside each video – a great feature for developmental & ESL learners.
- Blackboard Connectivity: Permanent URLs let you cite and share whole videos or custom clips and playlists; permissions for in-class, on-campus, and remote-access viewing are all included in the license terms.
- Cross-searchable with American History In Video which is already licensed by GRCC’s Library.