New Library Website & URL

The new website may not be as exciting as a Falcon 9 launch, but it will help you navigate faster to the services and resources you need.

We’ve moved! Following months of consultation with Regent’s web development team, the Library has launched a completely redesigned website. The new website has been constructed to provide intuitive navigation to all our resources and services for both desktop and mobile use. The webpages feature a clean, best practice look with one-click access to the most important pages on the site. The website also has a new URL: https://www.regent.edu/regent-library/. The librarians hope the new website will offer an improved, more efficient experience for both online and on-campus users. Please send any comments to librarians@regent.edu.

FMG Films on Demand: 50,000 films and documentaries

Last month,  we featured Academic Video Online, the Library’s largest streaming video database. Our second largest video database, FMG Films on Demand is equally important to search when looking for videos to enhance projects and presentations. Films on Demand contains more than 50,000 titles broken into more than 300,000 short segments for easy insertion into PowerPoints, blogs, and more. Content includes instructional films in nearly all academic disciplines, and documentaries from providers like BBC, PBS, HBO, and National Geographic. All films include APA, Chicago, MLA citations. Click here to try FMG Films on Demand. Please send any comments to librarians@regent.edu.

Academic Video Online: 74,000 films and documentaries

Tired of paying for films and documentaries on Amazon? Then check out Academic Video Online, available from the Library. With nearly 74,000 films and videos, AVO is the perfect destination for both research and enrichment. Want to take cooking lessons from Jacque Pépin? Or watch premium PBS, BBC, and independent documentaries? Or see Romeo and Juliet performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London? Just a few of the subject areas in AVO include anthropology, business, counseling, health, history, and performing arts. All videos include APA, Chicago, MLA citations. Click here to try Academic Video Online. Please send any comments to librarians@regent.edu.

ARTSTOR – Image database trial through June 30

Edward Hopper, “Cape Cod Evening,” 1936

Now through June 30, the Library has a trial subscription to the leading scholarly database of the visual arts. ARTSTOR is the most extensive image resource for educational and scholarly use. With more than 2.5 million images, researchers can examine premium quality photographs of Native American art from the Smithsonian, treasures from the Louvre, and panoramic, 360-degree views of the Hagia Sophia on an easy-to-use platform. More than 90% of the images are downloadable and include APA, Chicago, and MLA citations.

Click here to try ARTSTOR. Please send comments to librarians@regent.edu.

Learn a foreign language this summer!

Do you know what foreign languages your friends at Regent are learning? Between May 2020 and April 2021, 1,203 members of the Regent community studied 38 modern, 4 ancient, and 2 English as a Second Language courses using the Mango Languages software. The course that saw the greatest increase in use was Haitian Creole, with 108 learning sessions, making it the 4th most studied language. 73% of all learning sessions were on mobile devices, with an average session length of 15 minutes.

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

Rank Language Learning Sessions
1 French 1,107
2 Spanish, Latin American 637
3 German 113
4 Haitian Creole 108
5 Chinese, Mandarin 87
6 Portuguese, Brazil 85
7 Japanese 59
8 Dutch 58
9 Russian 42
10 Hebrew, Biblical 34
11 Greek, Modern 24
12  Tagalog 23
13 Hebrew, Modern 29
14 Greek, Ancient 24
15 Italian 22
16 Turkish 21
17 Greek, New Testament 20
18  Latin 8
19 Tamil 7
20 Arabic, Egyptian 6

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 and Chinese business customs. For advanced learners, Mango even has full-length foreign films with subtitles and special learning tools.

Whether you are planning a mission trip to Japan, 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 the great filmmaker Federico Fellini put it, “A different language is a different vision of life.”