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Learning Express Library

Learning ExpressLearning Express is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

Magnolia of Miss State Univ

The most extensive online research tool we have is MAGNOLIA, which is provided courtesy of the Mississippi State Legislature. Close to a hundred different databases can be searched for reliable information. MagnoliaIncludes searches in magazines, newspapers, journals, business information, biographies, literary criticism, and much more.

Think of MAGNOLIA as Google on steroids. It takes a little getting used to, but it can provide invaluable information on practically anything. If you need help using it, contact the .

To access it away from the Library, goto MAGNOLIA then click on Access resources from your home computer to the upper right and then enter our username, which you can obtain by contacting the Library.


Salem Press

With the conversion of Salem Press owned content into electronic products in the mid-1980's, Salem Press began to recognize the new methods of delivering reference materials to libraries. Today, we offer traditional print products, e-books, and online subscription databases designed for use at public, school, and college libraries. We continue in our effort to provide quality Salem Pressreference resources that respond to the needs of the library community. What began as a one-book publishing company more than fifty years ago has developed into an independent library reference book publisher known to librarians nationwide.

We purchased seven printed reference materials from Salem Press that also come with online access. Now you can choose print or online.

Critical Survey of Poetry: American Poets

Encyclopedia of American Immigration

Great Events from History: The Middle Ages, 477-1453

Great Events from History: Renaissance and Early Modern Era, 1454-1600

Magill's Medical Guide

Psychology and Mental Health

The Solar System

To access from home, click on Remote Access Login and then enter the password  natchezawls

FREE Online Courses and Resources

OCW, is a term applied to course materials in an online learning environment created by universities and shared freely with the world via the internet. This program is expanding its reach by sharing knowledge amongst students, educators, and lifelong learners across the globe.

Open CourseWare was originally initiated by MIT in an effort to provide free and open online access to high quality university course materials. MIT provides virtually all of their course content through this program. Several other top ranked universities have followed in their footsteps by offering similar content. The course content generally includes: video lectures, course materials, and evaluations or tests. Thousands of courses are currently being offered across several US and international universities.

Exam2Jobs

Exam2jobs.com

Exam2Jobs, one of the top certification exam and job sites on the internet. We’ve created this site in order to help you learn everything you need to know about the certification test (or tests) you’ll need to pass in order to embark on a new career or keep moving upward in your current one. In today’s very difficult job market, you can’t take any chances when it comes to getting or keeping the certifications you need. In today’s economy, you’re going to be competing against many other people who are just as motivated as you to land the job or promotion you’re trying to qualify for, so there’s no leeway for failure.

NOTE: For all resource databases, you might be required to contact the Library for usernames and/or passwords.

Learn almost anything for FREE!

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Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.


National Digital Newspaper Program

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a long term effort to develop an online searchable database of US newspapers. The website for this database, Chronicling America, allows you to search and view American historic newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

You should definitely give this site a try. Put Natchez in the search box and you get 22,005 results - everything from the 1870 steamboat race between the Natchez and the Robert E Lee to articles about the Natchez Indians. A lot of the results are from nearby Louisiana newspapers, because Louisiana is one of the states that received grants through this project.

Texas was another state that received grants. The Texas Digital Newspaper Project contacted us to let us know they had several Natchez newspapers on their site. The have the Natchez Democrat from December 1876 through December 1878. They also have the Ariel newspaper from July 1826 through June 1827.

GCF Learnfree.org

GCFLearnFree.org

For the past decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 90 tutorials, including more than 1,000 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

If you’re willing to learn, we’re ready to teach.

View one tutorial. Complete an entire class. We believe there's freedom in the ability to learn what you want, when you want, regardless of income or circumstances. We offer more than 90 tutorials on the subjects you need to continue your education—or get it started.

Learn anywhere, anytime.

Our classroom is open 24 hours a day and serves people from around the world. Join the 16 million people from all walks of life who have come to the site to learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. All you need is an Internet connection.

Always here. Always growing.

Online education isn’t new. We’ve been here for more than 10 years, and today we offer more tutorials than ever. When you take a class with us, you know it’s up-to-date—and that it will be available later when you need to review.

Language Learning Resources

by Benny Lewis

Courses

Duolingo - A recent newcomer, run by Luis von Ahn (interview I did with him in Spanish here). It encourages you to progress in learning languages through gamifying its lessons. Full review of it here. At the moment, it offers Spanish, English (for Spanish speakers), French, German, Portuguese and Italian and more languages are in beta and on the way soon.

The Omniglot intro to languages has a great first overview of many languages, and follows it up with links to courses and other tools for that language.

BBC’s languages has a great mini-introduction to almost 40 different languages!

About.com has some interesting articles, courses and word lists for English as a second language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

Internet polyglot has some great courses and help to memorize words for many languages.

Language exchanges

italki – This is my favourite site by far to get language practice. I wrote a detailed review of it here, but in general it is the easiest site I have come across to search for natives interested in an exchange, and to schedule a Skype call with them with time-zone issues handled automatically. The language exchange aspect of the site is entirely free.

The sites Livemocha, and busuu are actually commercial sites with courses that I didn’t find useful, but both have large communities of people from across the world that you can contact directly to ask for their Skype details. Rosetta Stone’s “sharedtalk” actively discourages this (“Skype” is a banned word that is asterisked out whenever you mention it in discussions, which goes to show how restrictive they are), but is good for written chats in that language.

Verbling takes the model of “Chat roulette” and puts a language learning spin on it. Unlike alternatives, you don’t need to plan anything in advance – just show up and activate it and you’ll get a 5-minute chat with a native speaker as long as you help them with yours for 5 minutes too!

The Polyglot Club organizes regular meet-ups in major cities that allow you to practice many different languages. You can also contact users directly to ask for corrections of text or a language exchange.

Couchsurfingmeetup and Internations also have great regular meet-ups in the real world to practice specific languages, or to just hang out with an international crowd. Couchsurfing also lets you search their community per language for the city you are in, so you can message people directly to invite them out for a coffee and chat.

Other sites for finding a language exchange partner include My Language Exchange andInterpals.

Vocabulary learning

Memrise is one of the most versatile sites for providing pre-made mnemonics for vocabulary in a wide range of languages, which is always expanding since the system is open to people adding their own public vocabulary lists and suggestions in.

Ankiweb - while this works best as a smartphone app or program, there is also an online version you can use, and you can input pre-made decks of the most important words in that language from a huge database. More on Anki and its spaced repetition system here.

Quizlet is another flashcard based site with lots of language specific ones.

Practise reading your language

Learning With Texts is a free resource to input text you find somewhere online and then be able to click words for translations, adding them to an ever growing personal database of words you know and being able to export that to use in a flashcard program. I introduced it fully in a video here. You can also install the open source version of it offline yourself (quite hard if you don’t have some programming experience, so the online version I installed on this site with a user-friendly set up may be preferable for most).

Language learning content

While LingQ is a paid site for a tool that is essentially exactly the same as 100% free LWT (mentioned above, although admittedly, inspired by LingQ, which they aren’t happy about so LWT is also a “banned word” on that site), the good news is that you can still access tonnes of great native content in a bunch of languages entirely for free, which includes transcripts in many cases. Just sign up and download anything that looks interesting in your target language to listen to on your MP3 player, or copy the text to LWT.

Native content in the language

Tunein lets you listen to live streamed radio from all over the world! Pinpoint the country you want to hear, test out a few stations and then listen to your favourite(s) regularly.

Go to Alexa’s ranking of top websites per country and go to the country where your target language is official to see the most visited websites in that country, which of course will likely be in that language and have text, video or audio made for native speakers that you can go through.

Stumbleupon‘s toolbar has an option to “stumble” interesting websites in a particular language. The right language, and fun content to read/watch!

Non-English Wikipedias. When you need to look something up on Wikipedia, rather than doing it in your native language, see the article written in your target language! If you don’t know the translation, look up the article on the English Wikipedia, and then click the translation on the left if it is provided (which it is for a surprising number of articles!)

Language learning forums to get useful tips!

Fluent in 3 months forum - the forum on this site is one of the most active language learning forums online, with 20,000 members. In my experience, it is one of the most encouraging forums you will find online, but still has plenty of experienced learners ready to lend a hand to give you specific and practical advice to get you speaking asap!

How to learn any language forum – those who frequent this forum tend to lean more towards enjoying the technical aspects of language learning, or mastering the language, or the linguistic theory of language learning. The technology/coding on the forum itself is quite outdated, but the community there is very strong and helpful, and certainly very experienced!

Get it pronounced/corrected by a native speaker

Forvo is a great site if you come across a new word and would really like to hear how it’s pronounced by a native speaker. It has a huge database covering many languages that you can search and get an instant answer.

Rhinospike is better to hear how an entire sentence or even a couple of short paragraphs are pronounced by a native speaker. Submit your request and make sure to help fill those requests in your native language to have yours prioritized.

Lang 8 is a site where you can write text in a particular language, and pretty soon have natives look over it and give you great feedback. Highly recommended for improving your writing skills!

Language articles

The language learning subreddit and the linguistics subreddit both regularly share some fascinating links from the web of the latest articles and tools for language learning.  You can also use stumbleupon mentioned above, and set it to the linguistics category. Keep in mind though that linguistics is not necessarily relevant to language learning.

Multilingual dictionaries

Wordreference is one of my favourite sites to search for the meaning of words in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, not just because of its free online database but also because of its forums where words not in the dictionary database can generally be found to have their own discussions for. The Portuguese dictionary generally words better when searching for a word from Spanish though, and it also covers German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic although the quality in a lot of these can be improved on in alternatives.

Bab.la is another dictionary for a bunch (24) of languages.

Google Translate – while it will mess things up a lot, as far as automatic translations go that are completely free, Google Translate certainly gets the job done pretty well. What I like about this is that it translates as you type so without waiting for an answer by pressing enter to open a new page, you can have a live discussion on Skype faster by looking up a word that extra bit quicker (although you’ll likely use a wrong translation a lot of the time unless you use more full sentences to give the system more context, as it takes its translations from human translations it has found elsewhere).

Proz term search , the Interactive Terminology for Europe and Mymemory were my go-to dictionaries when I worked as a professional translator, specifically for finding technical terminology that is less likely to appear in other general dictionaries.

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