Mango Languages Database Trial

Are you interesting in learning a new language or just need some help with your Spanish class? Try out the Mango Languages Database Trial.

Mango is a self-paced learning system with a focus on simplicity. It was designed for anyone to start using, without the need for a help manual. Mango is easy to setup and even easier to use! You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and culture, you’ll learn how to communicate. Mango’s self-paced learning environment offers the simplest way to learn a new language. Mango is not a flashcard system. Instead, Mango teaches actual conversational skills within the context of real-world situations.

Some of the languages covered are Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Farsi and many more. It can also be used as an ESL tool.

So please try it out and let us know what you think.


Library Closing at 2:30 Today, January 20

Due to the snow and the threat for significantly more to come in the next few hours, Brown Library and the rest of campus will be closing at 2:30pm. Classes scheduled for any time after 2:30pm will be canceled.

Brown Library will reopen tomorrow at 9am. Enjoy the early closing and be safe in your commute home.



Wikipedia Blackout January 18

Even though I know you’re not relying on Wikipedia to get all your research done for your classes, I felt a warning was due anyways. Wikipedia will be blacking out its English language site as protest over the SOPA (about) and PIPA  bills that are working their ways through Congress. What does this mean for you? Just make sure that if you are going to do online research outside of the library’s databases you prepare yourself for a lack of availability from Wikipedia and a few other websites. Unfortunately, there is no workaround to gain access to these sites while they are protesting the proposed legislation. If you have questions on where you can access information that is similar to Wikipedia please contact Brown Library and we can point you in the direction of other resources that can fulfill your information needs.


Free Textbooks Contest from Neebo

The library is always my first recommendation as the place to get your textbooks for free, but this contest from textbook supplier Neebo might be worth trying too!

How do you enter? Head over to the Neebo Facebook page and Like them. This enters you into their sweepstakes. If you’re one of the 100.000 lucky winners you simply pay shipping (ok, so it’s only almost free) and you are sent your textbook for the semester. The details to the contest are on Neebo’s Facebook page, so head on over and take a look. Can’t hurt to try right?

Welcome Back Students!

It can be hard getting back into the swing of things after a month off, especially a month that encourages lots of eating and general merriment. But it’s back to school for USF students and we’re here to make this semester a little easier than the last. As always, the librarian at Brown Library are ready and waiting to help you borrow your textbooks instead of purchasing them, help you decide on a research topics, guide you through your actual research, and even just help you find a new book to read for the fun of it!

Want more ideas on what the library can do for you? Check out 12 Things You Can Do At Brown Library in 2012!