In the previous blog entry, we surveyed a variety of great subscription databases that you have access to as a library-card holder, as well as where to go for helpful tutorials on how to use those databases. In this blog, the second in the series on library databases, we will zero in on a much more specific subject: which library subscription databases to use in order to help you learn the Spanish language (or improve your facility with it).
While this post will focus exclusively on library databases that provide access to Spanish-language resources, I want to briefly call attention to the list that inspired this blog as there are additional library resources featured there in the form of traditional books, audio courses, audiobooks, video courses, and DVDs. As mentioned in that list, language acquisition is most successfully achieved via immersion—so the more resources at your disposal, and the greater the variety, the better!
To access most of the databases we will be previewing in this post, you will simply go to jcls.org, hover your cursor over Research, and click All Databases.
For a select few others (Hoopla, Library2Go, Digitalia), however, you will need to hover over Books & More and select Digital Content. I’ve also included links to each of the featured databases, and their associated resources, in the profiles listed below.
Speed Spanish (Gale Courses)
Learn Spanish – Latin American (Mango Languages)
TumbleBook Biblioteca (TumbleBook Library)
Spanish-Language eMagazines (Flipster)
Spanish-Language eBooks & Audio Courses (Library2Go)
Language Lab (BrainFuse)
Dover Dual Language Spanish Series (Hoopla)
Informe Académico (Gale)
What’s listed here is just the tip of the iceberg—there is a whole vista of Spanish-language online tools and fun awaiting your discovery. Don’t wait, try some of these today—and if you fall off your bicicleta, just hop back on and keep pedaleando. I know I do... =]
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