Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Achieve Your Resolutions at the Library

Did your New Year's resolution list include "learn a new language" or "read more books"? While these two goals don't top the survey results of New Year's resolutions for 2018, they're certainly a few smaller ways to help you keep the most popular resolution in America this year: "Enjoy life to the fullest."

Thanks to the NC Live consortium, the Duke University community has new tools to help you achieve your 2018 goals. NC Live offers access to more than a hundred subscription databases through a user's "home" public or academic library (meaning that North Carolina residents without a current Duke NetID may also be able to access the site through their public or academic library at https://www.nclive.org/). NC Live has long included helpful resources for searching articles, consumer information, and other resources, and more than a dozen new sources have been added for 2018-2020. Two particularly notable new additions are:
  • Mango Languages includes courses for 70 world languages and more than a dozen English as a Second Language/English Language Learner courses. (This database replaces "Pronunciator," which was previously available through NC Live.) To set up an account, visit Mango Languages while on the Duke network in order to authenticate as a valid subscriber. After your username and password has been created, you can access the site or mobile app without authenticating through Duke first.
    Note: The Duke community also has access to a similar language database, Transparent Language Learning, which includes more than 50 world languages as well as English language learning modules designed specifically for native speakers of more than two dozen languages. Like Mango, it requires setup of a unique username and password while connected to the Duke network, and then seamless access via the web or a mobile app.
  • If you're hoping to read more books in 2018, NoveList Plus is designed to help you find the perfect titles. The site offers read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks. So if you just finished a title that you enjoyed, or have already burned through everything by your favorite author, a NoveList search for the title or author can help you find recommendations by expert reviewers for something along the same lines. You can also browse by subject/theme.

Explore other NC Live resources through the Duke Libraries or via your North Carolina public library. For help with finding library resources to help you achieve your 2018 resolutions, be sure to Ask a Librarian.