Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oxford Dictionaries Online Now Available

Library Services has added Oxford Dictionaries Online to its databases collection.

Oxford Dictionaries Online is a comprehensive and fully searchable dictionary of American, British, and World English. This resource defines more than 350,000 words and includes audio pronunciations. The Oxford Dictionary Online provides regular updates to the dictionary as the English language continues to develop.

In addition to the definitions and updates, Oxford Dictionaries Online provides: 600,000+ antonyms and synonyms in its thesauruses; more than 1.9 million example sentences; and guides for grammar, spelling, and writing. The “My Oxford Dictionary” service allows you to create a personal profile to save entries and searches.

Oxford Dictionaries Online can be found in the databases section of the Library Services' website. It can be located under the Complete Database List, Education, English (Language & Literature), General/Multidisciplinary, Language Learning, and Reference headings.

Faculty, staff, and students can connect to the resource from on-campus or at home. To connect to the Oxford Dictionaries Online, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the library's Information Desk via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated, April 2011

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of April 2011. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Library/Resources/New_Materials.aspx

More than 260 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Victoria Day Closure, 23 May 2011

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 23rd for the Victoria Day holiday. Both libraries will be open on the Tuesday following the holiday.

For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Her Majesty the Queen (Victoria), ca. 18971
1Source: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1964-99-1

Monday, May 02, 2011

Mango Languages: Language Learning Resource Added

Library Services has added Mango Languages to its list of database resources. Mango Languages is an online language instruction program that will help develop a user’s knowledge of a particular language, in the following fields: comprehension, cultural insight, grammar, pronunciation, retention, and vocabulary.

Mango Languages currently provides instruction in 34 languages, which are:

  • Arabic (Levantine)
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi (Persian)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

You can learn more by visiting Mango Languages TV.

Mango Languages can be accessed on and off campus by faculty, staff, and students of Medicine Hat College; to directly connect to the resource, click here.

Mango Languages, as well as other databases, can be located on the Library Services website in the Databases section. It will be listed alphabetically under the Complete Database List or the Language Learning links.

If you have any questions, please contact the library's Information Desk via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

NOTE: Library Services' subscription to Tell Me More, our other languages learning resource, will be discontinued on 31 August 2011.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Library User of the Month - May 2011

Constable Desiree Mitchell, Reg# 58774
St. Albert RCMP

Well I am quite surprised and flattered to be featured as the Library User of the Month for May 2011. I have traveled a long road in becoming an RCMP officer. When I attended Medicine Hat College in 2002 to 2006 I always went to the library and enjoyed speaking and visiting with the staff about school homework and just getting to know them as a person. In 2009 I was accepted into the RCMP training program in Regina, SK for 6 months and now am currently an active member for the St Albert RCMP. My career choice is both rewarding and difficult at the same time but I know I did not do this alone and I give many thanks to the people for their prayers, encouragement and guidance throughout my journey to get me where I am today. One of those encouragers was the staff at the Medicine Hat College Library. Thank you again for your support as it was and still is greatly appreciated.