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Talk Like A Pirate

Yar har, mateys! Grab your favorite parrot, a tricorn hat, and set your Facebook to pirate English (really, look in the language settings), because each September marks Talk Like a Pirate Day. You’ll find learning about these swashbucklers considerably less dangerous than trying to deliver cargo across the seas.

If you want to know about the quintessential pirate that came to define how pirates are portrayed in film, television, and literature, you have to go with Edward Teach, or Edward Thatch, as some knew him. Oh, you might know him as Blackbeard. According to an article in American Heritage which is accessible through Academic Search Premier Database in the Library, Blackbeard and his infamous ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge frequented not only the tropical islands of the Caribbean, but the waters of the Carolinas as well where his prized frigate was eventually run aground.

If you already know about Blackbeard’s legacy, perhaps you’d like to hear about some of the women who made their fortune on the high seas. Hop onto the Library’s JSTOR database to read an article from the Wilson Quarterly that describes the exploits of the Irishwoman Anne Bonny or Mary Read who, prior to her life of piracy, fought in the British military while disguised as a man.

Are you in a pirate mood yet? How about some sea shanties? This album by the Robert Shaw Chorale from the Library’s Naxos database has plenty of historical shanties that you might hear on the deck of a flagship so many years ago.

Now that we have you feeling like a pirate, we should also give a cautionary word that piracy is illegal. Nowadays, a pirate’s treasure is more likely to be illegal copies of films and music than gold doubloons, but we recommend you avoid both types whether on the high seas or behind the keyboard. If you want to know more about the new age of piracy, try this article from the Harvard International Review, accessible through GALE database:
The golden age of piracy: can open-source democracy redefine citizenship for the internet age?

Piracy on the high seas still exists as well, though the environs have changed. Somali pirates are still a major threat around the Horn of Africa where large cargo container ships are slow-moving targets. You can see a dramatized account of one such pirate attack in the film Captain Phillips. You can also check out this excerpt from the documentary Madagascar to the Seychelles: Indian Ocean, with Simon Reeve which is available through Library’s Films on Demand database.

Well, this has all gotten a bit too serious, hasn’t it? Talk Like a Pirate Day is all about having fun with the campy, swashbuckling antiheroes that pop up everywhere from Peter Pan to Robinson Crusoe. If you need help talking like a pirate, we have you covered. Mango Languages database, an excellent online language learning program that is set up to teach over 60 languages has a module specifically for learning to talk like a pirate. Get out there and have a swashbuckling good time this September.
(By the Library Clerk, David Winn)

Time to give Mango Languages a try!

For those interested in learning another language, Mango Languages provides an excellent resource that is tremendously accessible to users of any learning level. Gone are the days of rewinding the same CD audio track, trying to follow along with a text simultaneously, or paying hundreds of dollars for interactive software with recurring subscription fees.

Mango Languages lets you choose from over 70 languages, allows you to learn on your time and at your own pace, and never loses track of what lessons you’ve already done. The intuitive, interactive layout lets you advance through stages of the lessons at will and useful functions such as repeating a word or phrase or displaying the literal translation in English are only a click away.

Each lesson includes placement tests to help you find which lesson to start on if you already have a background in a particular language. There are also lessons that are relevant to the culture associated with each language. If learning Mandarin Chinese, you may be interested in the lesson that discusses various ideas from Feng Shui. Learners of French will encounter a course on how to discuss the various wines and cheeses they may encounter when visiting France. Mango Languages also features some specialty languages that you may not encounter in other language learning programs such as Biblical Hebrew, Shakespearean English, and Pirate.

Mango also has foreign films that allow you to watch and view dialog in both your native language and the language you’re learning. You can also choose “Engage Mode” for films that break the film down into parts along with quizzes. Learning another language is never easy, but Mango Language has lowered that barrier to entry by making their program as accessible and user-friendly as possible. If you’ve ever meant to study another language, now is the time to give Mango Languages a try (by Library Clerk, David Winn.)

What do peanuts, alcohol, and sugar cane have in common?

Did you know…following the arrival of the automobile, scientists immediately turned to biofuels? The German inventor Rudolf Diesel fueled his engine with peanut oil, while Henry Ford predicted that the fuel of choice would be alcohol-based. Now, all these years later, this interest in biofuels has been reawakened among the scientific community. Learn more about the options and our progress toward making them a reality in Achieving Sustainability, available on GVRL.Check it out!

GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) is a wonderful eReference source available through your Ivy Tech Library. GVRL offers students thousands of full-text proprietary titles Subject areas include:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Biography & Genealogy
  • Business& Economics
  • Computing & IT
  • Education
  • Professional Development
  • Fiction
  • General Reference, Interests & Hobbies
  • Health & Nursing
  • History
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Language
  • Law, Government & Politics
  • Literature
  • Mathematics & Science
  • Philosophy & Psychology
  • Religion & Mythology


Hebrew Journals Collection

JSTOR Adds Hebrew Language Journals

In December 2013, JSTOR announced the Hebrew Journals Collection, which will add at least 40 Hebrew-language titles to JSTOR by completion.

The collection culminates JSTOR’s collaboration with the National Library of Israel and the University of Haifa Library. It also builds upon a free pilot program for four Hebrew-language journals begun in 2008. Hebrew journals are fully integrated and searchable on the JSTOR platform, with added support for Hebrew content including right-to-left reading for Hebrew articles.

This is the first collection of journals in a non-Roman language on JSTOR, and expands JSTOR’s efforts to add global scholarship to the platform.

Read the full press release for more on Hebrew Journals.

Arts & Sciences XIII Expands Global Humanities Content

Arts & Sciences XIII Expands Global Humanities Content

Launching in April, the Arts & Sciences XIII Collection will add 125 new journals to JSTOR in foundational humanities fields.

More than 60 percent of titles in the collection are published outside of the United States. Core disciplines in the collection include Religion, Language & Literature, Philosophy, and Art & Art History. Notable titles in the collection include Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press), the Journal of Indian Philosophy (Springer Science + Business Media), and the Journal of Korean Religions (Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University, South Korea).

Want more on Arts & Sciences XIII? Contact participation@jstor.org.

Database Updates

Books 24X7 has added over 100 new titles in its IT and Business areas. If you haven’t used Books 24X7 before, register (for free) and see what it has to offer.

LexisNexis Academic is simplifying it’s interface, starting December 23rd. “Just type search terms into LexisNexis Academic’s simplified, single-search box for a complete set of results sorted by relevance and date… More enhancements include streamlined navigation for more intuitive, user-friendly research and improved advanced search options for more sophisticated queries.” Click here for a preview.

Mango Languages recently added videos to it’s language-learning platform. Next month it will add course placement tests, and a new interface.

NEW: Multilanguage Searching Expansion

EBSCOhost customers can now enjoy the expansion of multilanguage searching in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and EBSCOhost® to include over forty-five (45) languages. This means that users will experience improved search results in both EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and EBSCOhost databases.

Continued improvements support multilingual capabilities for non-Roman character set languages including Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Russian and others. Additional improved searching in complex languages, and advanced support for non-Roman languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) are also being addressed. For example, phrases or sentences in languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean are commonly written without spaces between words. Some languages contain multiple scripts per language, and there are regional and historical variations to consider. EBSCO has created a system to handle these variations among character sets and offers unparalleled searching in these non-Roman languages.

Supporting multiple languages with non-Roman characters is a challenge with most online search services in the library marketplace. EBSCO Publishing’s Senior Director of Software Development, Ron Burns, noted that “EBSCO knew it had to develop a custom solution that addressed the needs of a global and diverse customer base, and became an essential element of the continued development of the EBSCOhost platform.”