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Learn a Language with Mango, Now Available Through the Library

Mango is a personalized, adaptive language-learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills, wherever and however you learn best.Mango Icon

Mango covers 70 world languages and dialects, including English as a second language, Latin, Spanish, French, Italian, and ancient Greek (or even Pirate!) through courses crafted using conversational methodology.

Villanova students, faculty, staff, and alumni now have full access to Mango and can create individual profiles. Creating a personal profile allows users to personalize their experience in Mango whether they are using it online or in the iOS or Android apps, this means you can work through a course on a single language or multiple language and Mango will track your progress and remember where you left off.

How to start using Mango:

  • Click on the link in Databases A-Z
  • Scroll down to the “Sign Up” button and set up an account using your Villanova email address and password of your choice.
  • Mango will then walk you through setting up your profile
  • Once you have set up an account and created a profile go to the app store on your phone, search for “Mango,” download the app, and then login using the profile information you previously created.

Sarah Wingo, librarianSarah Wingo, MSI, is Liaison Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages at Falvey Memorial Library.



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“The Basics” – Easy-to-read patient education guides

UpToDate, the evidence based, peer reviewed information resource for clinicians, now features The Basics, short (1-3 page) patient education articles written at a 5th-6th grade reading level.  These easy-to-read guides are designed to answer the most important questions a person might have about a medical condition. You can find an information page on asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and more. At present available in English only.

If your patients can read and assimilate information written at a high-school level, choose from the Beyond the Basics collection.

How to access:

  • Start at the library homepage –
  • At Databases A-Z, choose UpToDate
  • Log in with your Villanova LDAP (email) ID and password.
  • Click “Begin New Search”

(If you haven’t  searched UpToDate in awhile, you may have to confirm your agreement to the usage license.)

  • At the search screen, click the Patient Info tab.

  • Then choose The Basics.

Looking for professional-level and patient materials in Spanish? Try the Spanish-language version of NLM’s MedlinePlus:



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Admission is free and includes a continental breakfast.  If you wish to attend, contact Johanna Towbridge at 215-731-2199 or


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Last Modified: January 10, 2011

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