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TELL ME MORE®: Focus on Language Proficiency — Trial

TELL ME MORE® ( Username: trial and Password: trial) is the best way to successfully learn a new language focusing on all major areas of language learning (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing). Offering more content and activities than any competing product, TELL ME MORE® language learning is the only solution focusing on these crucial four areas, teaching you all of the skills necessary to become truly language proficient.

TELL ME MORE® supports the following language programs: English (ESL), Spanish (both Castillian and Latin), French, German, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.

The initial log requires you to sign in. Username: trial and Password: trial. Click on ‘Demo Access’ to begin.  Each user will create their own individual username and password and then log in to the database. Your individual trial accounts are good for 30 days.

The TELL ME MORE® experience includes:
* Easy-to-comprehend content created by expert instructional designers
* 2,000+ hours of dynamic content per language
* Supplemental Business and Culture specific content
* Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Workshops
* 37 different types of learning activities/interactions
* Speech Recognition with playback and achievement scale
* Spoken Error Tracking System (SETS®) technology automatically detects and corrects your pronunciation errors
* 10,000 vocabulary words classified by lexical group * Anytime, anywhere accessibility


Learning a New Language? Now on trial — Mango Languages

Mango Languages is a web-based, self-directed application designed to help you learn a new language. Falvey Memorial Library is featuring a Mango Languages trial, which offers an overview of many languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese. This product also offers languages with international flavors, such as Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Turkish and Hebrew.

Features include—

—complete control of each lesson by a click-of-the-mouse ability to repeat words and review phrases.

—a combination of audio format and written text that focuses primarily on conversational skills.

—lessons tailored for each language, though all cover standard tourist and language learner topics. Native speakers (male and female) give pronunciation, then pause for the learner to repeat. Review modules for vocabulary, phrases also included.

—grammatical and cultural notes that provide insight into the language and customs, as well as quizzes and conversations that focus on practical experiences.


EconLit with full text — available on trial

by Linda Hauck

Now available:  a trial for EconLit with Full Text!  EBSCO, one of the leading academic database platform and journal subscription agents, offers an enhanced version of the American Economic Association’s indexing and abstracting service, EconLit.  (To try it and for more information, see the Business Reference blog.)


Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete — Now on trial

The Dictionary of Literary Biography print series has been a favorite with students and scholars for many years, often the first place to go to find authoritative biographical and critical essays on “the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.” The digitized version, now on trial for the use of the Villanova University community, includes the thousands of images contained in the print volumes.

From Phillis Wheatley to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Chinua Achebe, the DLB content covers writers’ “lives, works and careers”  in a format that is fully searchable.

The trial is in effect until July 22 and includes access to Literature Criticism Online and Something About the Authors Online as well. (If the link takes you to the Databases A-Z page, return to the blog article to connect to the database. UNIT is currently working on this problem.)

Let us know what you think!


Credo Reference Trial Database, until April 30

Credo Reference contains the full text of hundreds of reference books, covering many major topics. It also includes audio pronunciation files and art, science and medical images, in addition to atlas images of places and geographic features throughout the world. The many related entries are pulled from the entire collection of reference works, not just from within the same source.

Try topics such as the brain, global warming or a notable person, such as Jean Piaget.  And let us know in the Comments what you think.

The trial ends April 30.

Submitted by Jacqueline Mirabile


Burney database trial: 17th & 18th century newspapers full text

Trial runs through April 29. Let us know if we should subscribe.

Burney Collection Newspapers: 17th & 18th century

Explore the early history of the English newspaper. Learn about the English Civil War, the Restoration and 18th century political and cultural developments.

“The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press”, totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable in Gale Digital Collection.

Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others. When trying to print entire newspaper pages, you will need to tile them to make them legible given the differing paper size between newsprint and common office paper sizes.” (From the database description)



Trial Available Until February 19th, 2010

You can take eMarketer, a leading provider of research and analysis on digital marketing, for a test drive.   We think this resource will be very helpful for practice oriented  projects that incorporate elements of mobile, video, search, or social web marketing.  This database offers in depth reports, news, statistics, and interviews with marketing innovators.
To take advantage of the trial, go to this link and register with your Villanova email address: You will receive an email confirmation. Let me know what your thoughts about the product are.


Counseling and Therapy in Video : See, experience, and study counseling (Trial)

Trial subscription until June 22, 2009. (Let us know what you think.)

Counseling and Therapy in Video provides a searchable online collection of videos available for the study of counseling, psychology, and psychotherapy. When complete this site will include “400 hours and more than 330 videos to allow students, teachers and professionals to see, experience and study counseling in ways never before possible.” The types of videos include:

  • Counseling Sessions and Demonstrations
  • Consultations
  • Lectures, presentations, and interviews
  • Teaching and Discussion Guides
  • Continuing Education (C.E) Credits


Cold Spring Harbor Protocol: Trial Subscription

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Available until June 30, 2009
Please send comments to Barbara Quintiliano (x95207)

Take advantage of Falvey’s trial subscription to the Cold Spring Harbor Protocols,a definitive, interactive source of new and classic research techniques. The database is fully searchable by keyword and subject, and it has many novel features—such as discussion forums and personal folders—made possible by online publication. Its coverage includes

    cell and molecular biology
    protein science

Protocols are presented step-by-step and edited in the style that has made Molecular Cloning, Antibodies, Cells and many other CSH manuals essential to the work of scientists worldwide. Protocols will be continuously expanded, updated, and annotated by the originators and users of the techniques.


The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs (trial until 3/5/2009)

The Library is currently running a trial of The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H Jacobs. The trial will last until March 5, 2009.. Log-in with your Villanova user id and password and enter welcome on the Proquest log-in screen. Please take a look and let us know what you think.The Gerritsen Collection is currently housed in the Spencer Library at the University of Kansas and was until recently only in microfilm available to the wider public. The collection consists of more than 4,700 books, pamphlets and periodicals. The materials span four centuries, from 1543 to 1945 and 15 languages.

In the late 1800’s, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women’s rights. The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world. For a more detailed description, see “The Gerritsen Collection.” by Janet Sharistanian et al. in Feminist Studies, vol. 3, no. 3/4 (spring-summer 1976), pp. 200-206.


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