AskRI’s online chat service will be closed today and tomorrow. All other online services will remain available, with the exception of Tutor.com, which will be unavailable December 25th. As an early reminder, our chat will also be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Proquest’s African American Heritage database has great resources for researching African and African American genealogy. Search primary sources including birth, death, and marriage certificates, the federal census, and the Freedman’s Bank records. The AfriGeneas forums connect users to others researching African American genealogy. The AAH database also includes an updated version of Black Genesis, a guide to performing this research by James M. Rose, Ph.D. and Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG.
Mango Languages has added three new films to its Mango Premiere catalog. Little Big Soldier and Ocean Heaven are now available for learners of Mandarin Chinese, and Around a Small Mountain is up for learners of French. Mango plans to keep expanding the Premiere section to over 20 films by the beginning of 2014.
Mango has just announced that on January 15th, they will be launching an updated interface and new features to compliment what they already offer. Mango Connect, as it is called, will offer course placement tests to start users off in the right spot, 20 full length films on Mango Premiere, as well as their visual redesign. Mango is also consolidating their Mango Basic and Mango Complete 2.0 into Mango Conversations, and phasing out Mango Complete 1.0. Their placement tests help users find where to begin their work with Mango. Head over to the Mango Blog for a more detailed look into what Mango Connect offers.
Mango Premiere, the long awaited feature of movie learning through film, currently has 4 films available, for learners of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish speaking learners of English. They can be found on the ‘Courses’ page, under ‘Language Learning through Film.’ Mango Premiere gives the viewer total control to break down scenes and subtitles, combining both spoken and written learning. It also brings in cultural notes and quizzes for an in-depth look at the language in the film.
Be sure to take a look at the massively expanded ‘Resources’ page. Hundreds of external links, vetted by our reference librarians, cover topics including Rhode Island government, Consumer, Environmental, News, and Travel information, and more. The AskRI for Kids page is also growing, so check in on both of them often!
AtoZ Databases has introduced a new map based search function. It can be used to search for businesses within a user defined area, like a neighborhood, along a driving route, or in a given radius from a point. To use this feature, select a database to search, and under the ‘Geography’ side bar, select ‘Map Based Search’. Users can define an area in a region, then press ‘Update Count’ to perform a search for those areas. Click ‘Close’ to see the list of businesses which appear within that area, at which point further refinements can also be made.