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Mango: Language and Culture Learning

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An online language learning program, Mango teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. Each lesson incorporates interactive tools and rich imagery to keep users engaged.

Learn to speak 63 languages!

For native English speakers, Mango offers interactive instruction to learn 63 languages:

Arabic (Egyptian, Iraqi, Levantine, MSA), Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek (Ancient & Koine), Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latin, Malay, Malayalam, Norwegian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin America & Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Tuvan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yiddish.

Learn to speak English!

For those whose first language is not English, Mango offers interactive instruction to learn English in 17 languages:

Arabic (Egyptian & MSA), Armenian, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Specialty Courses

Mango also offers a number of specialty courses; of particular academic interest are those in religious and scholarly languages, including Greek (Ancient), Greek (Koine), Latin, and Biblical Hebrew.

Please Note: You must create a user profile with a UNB/STU email address. Log in to your user profile each time you access Mango to keep track of your progress through the training modules.

Highlights

  • Bite-sized, integrated learning of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in an intuitive and contextual way
  • Cultural insights to communicate appropriately in different contexts
  • Ease-of-use and convenience: available anywhere at any time
  • Personalized learning at your own pace
  • User account keeps track of your progress

Features

  • Animated, interactive learning: Learn through conversations
  • Goal-based learning: Chapters align with conversational and grammatical goals
  • Relevant learning materials: Learn words and phrases used in everyday conversation
  • Cultural insights: Relevant culture notes help you connect with a new way of life
  • Grammar insights: Specific grammatical issues are clarified
  • Memory-building exercises: tips, tests, and quizzes
  • Pronunciation helpers: Phonetic spelling helps your pronunciation
  • Voice comparison tool: Record your speech to compare with native speakers to tune your accent!
  • Semantic colour mapping: See the relationships between your native language and target language
  • Explanation of understood and literal meanings
  • Online Mango: Online access from any computer, anywhere, at any time. No CDs, DVDs, downloads, or installations required.
  • Mobile Mango: Full apps for iOS and Android mobile devices–over 60 language courses in the palm of your hand!
  • Support offered by online FAQs, by telephone (9am-6pm) and by email (support@mangolanguage.com)

If you would like more information about Mango, please watch this instructional video or contact Linda Roulston, Electronic Licensing Librarian at UNB Fredericton, (506-451-6879).


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For additional help with using UNB Libraries’ resources, contact the help desk of any library at UNB or consult our online Research Help pages.

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Kanopy

KanopyFeatureAccess more than 7,000 films through our new streaming video resource, KANOPY!

Search the film collections to find material related to your research interests, teaching material that could be used in the classroom and/or linked within Desire2Learn or Moodle, or material for personal interest.

Distributors

Kanopy provides access to thousands of films from a wide range of distributors, including Criterion Collection/Janus Films, First Run Features, Green Planet Films, BBCActive, HBO, PBS, Cliofilm, and many others. Check out the full list of suppliers.

Database Features

  • More than 7,000 streaming videos
  • Films cover a wide range of subject areas
  • Flexible searching options–by keyword, title, exact phrase
  • Refine searches with the Boolean operator AND
  • Filter searches by category, producer, year of production, etc.
  • Intuitive search interface suggests related videos with pop-up synopses of films
  • Create a personal account to post reviews of film, manage playlists, and link to other accounts
  • Embed films or clips in Desire2Learn or Moodle
  • Instruction Manual to access the Playlist and Clip Creation Tool
  • Playlists can be shared, edited, or deleted
  • Unlimited simultaneous users

Subject Areas

  • The Arts
  • Business/Training
  • Health
  • Media/Communication
  • Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Education (K-12)
  • Charleston Virtual Film Festival

Sample Academic Disciplines & Topics

Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • History (Ancient, Modern, Military)
  • Literature (Writers & Writing)
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Human Rights
  • International, Social & Political Affairs
  • Global Studies
  • European/Baltic Studies
  • Gender/Race/Class Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • African Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • North American Studies

Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Sustainability & Environmental Sciences

Professions

  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Education (K-12, Teacher Education Development)

If you would like more information about Kanopy, please contact Marc Bragdon, Film Librarian at UNB Fredericton, (506-458-7741). Find additional film streaming databases in UNB Libraries’ Guide to Film Studies.


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New e-Resources for Psychology

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PsycBOOKS is a comprehensive source of chapters from thousands of scholarly and professional books published by the APA and other distinguished publishers, indexed with controlled vocabulary from APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

In this e-resource, you can access the following:

  • approximately 55,000 chapters in PDF from over 3,500 books
  • nearly 2,600 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology, dating from the 1600s
  • more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology
  • digitized content from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) collection

PsycTESTS, produced by the APA, provides access to tests that are relevant to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. It is a unique database providing descriptive summaries, full text, and relevant citations on the development and assessment of tests and measures that can be used in research and teaching. Each record includes data on the scope of the test, test implementation, a high-level overview of the test’s development, and reliability and validity data (when available). International in scope, PsycTESTS provides access to an increasing number of tests in languages other than English. While focused on contemporary instances of test use, coverage dates from 1910 to the present.

Updated monthly, PsycTESTS includes Master test profiles and actual tests or test items for:

  • Unpublished tests
  • Tests developed by psychologists for which no source document has been located
  • Information about published tests available from commercial publishers

Content covers diverse subject areas and types of tests, including:

  • Developmental Measures
  • Scales for Beliefs, Relationships, or Expectancies
  • Aggression, Coping, or Functional Status Questionnaires
  • Racial and Ethnic Identity Scales
  • Resilience, Anger Response, or Substance Abuse Inventories
  • Physical Health Related Assessments
  • Personality Assessments
  • Educational Measures
  • Neuropsychological Assessments
  • Aptitude and Achievement Measures
  • Competency Measures
  • Occupational Measures
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Military Tests

If you would like more information about PsycBOOKS or PsycTESTS, please contact Linda Roulston, Psychology Librarian, (451-6879); for more resources relevant to studies in Psychology, please consult UNB Libraries’ Psychology Guides.

For help with any of UNB Libraries’ resources, contact the HIL Research Help Desk in person, by telephone (453-3546), by email, or by Ask Us.

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online

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This key reference source for economics includes contributions from over 1,500 writers, contains over 1,900 articles, and is updated on a quarterly basis.

Bringing together the world’s most influential economists writing in their areas of expertise, the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online is a comprehensive, dynamic, and updated resource that serves the information needs of a new generation of economists. A rich reference collection of articles, this online resource provides access to archived material and to new material that is added quarterly.

Features of the Online Dictionary:

  • full text of the 1987 archive edition
  • full text of the 2008 print edition
  • quarterly additions and updates
  • search and browse facilities to explore the Dictionary with speed and ease
  • hyperlinked cross-references within articles
  • carefully selected and maintained links to related sites
  • My Dictionary, personal account option, to save searches, bookmark articles, and make notes

History:

R. H. Inglis Palgrave’s original Dictionary of Political Economy (1894-9) was a landmark in both publishing and economics: a liberal and scholarly overview of the whole sphere of economic thought in its day. Henry Higgs’s revised edition, Palgrave’s Dictionary of Political Economy (1923-6), retained the spirit of the original while embracing new concepts in the development of economics as a discipline.

1987 Archive Edition:

The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics was published in 1987 to international acclaim. Its scope had expanded and evolved, and the tradition of drawing together eminent contributors from across the spectrum of methodological and ideological schools produced not only an unsurpassed work of reference, but also many individual classic essays of enduring importance.

2008 Print Edition:

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, was published in 2008. While some classic articles from the 1987 edition were retained, approximately 80% of the text was either entirely new or substantially rewritten to reflect the depth of change within the discipline between the editions.

For more information about the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online, please contact Leanne Wells Subject Area Librarian for Economics, (447-3075); for more resources relevant to studies in economics, please consult UNB Libraries’ Economics Guides.

For help with any of UNB Libraries’ resources, contact the HIL Research Help Desk in person, by telephone (453-3546), by email, or by Ask Us.

Nursing e-resources

Image of a nursing studentCheck out 3 new databases!

CINAHL® with Full Text
(Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature)
provides access to the fulltext of articles for more than 610 nursing & allied health journals back to 1981 and indexes more than 3,000 journals. Offering complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association, CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative and complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. Searchable cited references for more than 1,290 journals are also included.

CultureVision™ is a comprehensive searchable database providing information on over 50 different ethnic, cultural, religious, and ability groups on such topics as communication, family patterns, nutrition, treatment protocols, and mental health issues. CultureVision™ is the first comprehensive, user-friendly database that gives healthcare professionals access to culturally competent patient care.

Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, including nutritional supplements. Contributors from more than 50 academic institutions systematically gather scientific data, expert opinions, and use validated rating scales to evaluate the quality of available evidence.

For more information about CINAHL® with Full Text, CultureVision™, or Natural Standard, please contact Frances Giberson, Nursing Librarian, (453-4602); for more resources relevant to studies in nursing, please consult UNB Libraries’ Nursing Guides.

For help with any of UNB Libraries’ resources, contact the HIL Research Help Desk in person, by telephone (453-3546), by email, or by Ask Us.

Reference Universe

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Reference Universe is a unique database that provides searchable access to UNB Libraries’ collection of reference materials, both online and on the shelf.
Reference Universe searches through the tables of contents and the indexes from over 20,000 dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, and other reference materials, and connects you to relevant articles through:

  • Links to Quest (the library catalogue)
  • Links to full-text online reference entries

Search Reference Universe:

By default, only materials available at UNB Libraries are included in your search results. To search beyond UNB Libraries, be sure to select “Non-Local Holdings Only.” Your search results will include both online and print materials.

Online…
You can easily identify online materials by noting the “e-source” symbol. In the example above, click on “Link to 1 Article Title,” then click on the “e-link” for the article you wish to view.
On the shelf…
Click on the title to connect to UNB Libraries’ Quest catalogue in order to find out exactly where the book is located.
Reference Universe also returns a list of article titles and/or index entries related to your search. Click “View Article Title” or “View Index Entries.”

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CREDO Reference

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CREDO Reference gives you content from hundreds of reference books covering every major subject. There are over 3 million entries, 200,000+ images (art, diagrams, maps and photos), and over 100,000 audio pronunciation files and sound clips. The content is enriched by a network of cross-reference links that cut across topics and titles to give you accurate, contextual results.

Find rich content for a variety of academic disciplines:

  • Art and Music
  • Business
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature and Language
  • Medicine
  • Religion
  • Science

Four Ways to Search CREDO Reference:

Keyword Search
Use a Keyword Search on the entire Credo Collection.
Find a Book
Browse through UNB Libraries’ Credo title list with the Find a Book option.
Advanced Search
Narrow your focus with the Advanced Search.
Concept Map
Visualize your topic with the Concept Map.

Need more help? Consult the more comprehensive User Guide to Credo Reference.

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Blackwell Reference Online

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Blackwell Reference Online is a collection of over 360 e-books in the humanities and social sciences. Full-text, searchable titles include:

  • Blackwell’s Handbook and Companion series, which offer essay-length critical overviews of key topics in classics, history, literature, psychology, sociology and other subject areas.
  • Major multi-volume reference works, including the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, Encyclopedia of Sociology, and others.
  • A selection of dictionaries and concise companions, for definitions and quick facts.

Blackwell Reference Online offers three easy ways to find materials on your topic:

Search
Your results will list all matching entries ordered by relevance. Click on the title to view. Citation information is included at the end of each entry.
Browse
To find an e-book title of interest to you, browse major subject areas.
Explore
Discover titles and essays by selecting a subject, place, period, or person.

Check out more Reference Materials in UNB Libraries’ collection!

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Oxford Reference Online

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Oxford Reference Online brings language and subject reference works into a cross-searchable resource. The Premium Collection offers a huge range of fully-indexed, extensively linked, up-to-date, and cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions series.

Oxford Reference Online offers multiple ways to search for relevant material:

Phrase Searching
You can search for an exact phrase by enclosing it in double quotation marks (e.g. “bury my heart”).
Multiple Term Searching
If you enter more than one search term, the search engine will look first for all of your search terms in entry headings and other key elements of an entry (e.g. variant forms or section headings). If no matches are found there, the search engine will look for your search terms in the full text of the entries.
Wildcards
Use wildcards to widen the scope of your search. Wildcards are special characters that match any character or sequence of characters. For instance, an asterisk (*) stands for zero or more characters (it can represent single numbers or letters, several characters, even whole words). Thus, a search for car* might find carnal, cardamom, Caribbean, carminative, while *car might find Madagascar, verificar, buffet car, and Wilde, Oscar.If you search for car* at a global level—across all subjects and books—in the Oxford Reference Online database, you may get more results than expected. In this case, restrict your search to a particular subject or book, or try an Advanced Search instead.

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OED

Image of logo for the Oxford English DictionaryThe Oxford English Dictionary (OED) records the development of the English language over the last 1500 years. It traces the evolution of over 600,000 words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources—from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts, wills, and cookery books.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is an unrivalled guide to the meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation of English words, both past and present. It records new words and the changing usage of existing words.

Key Features of OED Online:

♦    Distinguish the various meaning(s) of a word in different historical periods

♦    Search for the first recorded use of words

♦    Find etymologies, variant spellings, different pronunciations, and quotations

♦    Find a term when you know the meaning but have forgotten the word

♦    Search for quotations from a specified year, a particular author, and/or work

♦    Search for words that have come into English via a particular language

Find more tips and strategies for searching the OED Online at http://www.oed.com/help/

Get the OED Online to Go: go.lib.unb.ca/oed

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