November 12th, 2019

Mango Languages: an online language learning system

Are you going on an overseas trip?  Want to learn a new language or some useful phrases in another language? Want to resurrect long-dormant language skills? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’ll want try Mango Languages.  It’s a self-guided language learning system that the Library subscribes to.  It offers dozens of language courses. In the lessons, you’ll hear native speakers interacting with each other in common social settings, and you can speak along with them at your own pace. You can also create an account to track your progress, and pick up where you left off. […]

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November 10th, 2019

All about Duo authentication

In an effort to better secure your Bucknell account, the University has made multifactor authentication available to all students through Duo.  The most common method of authenticating is by using an app on a smartphone.  A phone call may also be used to authenticate. If you do not have a cell phone you may obtain a Duo passcode authentication token from the Tech Desk. If your normal method of authenticating is disabled (i.e., your phone is lost or inoperable) you may obtain a one-time use passcode by visiting https://duosos.bucknell.edu/.

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November 10th, 2019

Get stock photos, video, and royalty-free music!

Did you know that the library subscribes to a database called Storyblocks that gives you access to royalty-free images, music, and video footage?  You can freely use these media in your posters, videoclips, and other projects. Storyblocks consists of three sections: Videoblocks, Graphicstock, and Audioblocks.  Check them out on the Production Tools tab of the Film Studies Research by Subject Guide, or (listed individually) on the Databases A-Z list!

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November 8th, 2019

Remember: helpful librarians are here!

As Thanksgiving approaches, you may be tempted to procrastinate on final papers and projects. Resist the temptation and save yourself a whole lot of stress! Not sure where to start? Make an appointment with a Research Services librarian! The librarians are here to help you with any aspect of the research process, from narrowing a topic to finding scholarly sources. They can save you time and frustration, but the earlier you meet with a librarian, the better they are able to help you.  Not sure who to contact? Check out our Meet with a Librarian page to find the librarian […]

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November 8th, 2019

How do I find materials in Special Collections/University Archives?

The answer depends on which collection you want to access:  the university archives (Bucknell’s institutional records), manuscript collections, or special collections in the form of rare books.  Finding SC/UA’s rare books is straightforward. They are cataloged in Bertrand Library’s catalog. Just remember to limit your search to Special Collections. To find university archives and manuscript collections, search the university archives and manuscript catalog.  The records you find in the university archives and manuscript catalog are called finding aids, which describe the collection at a high level and provide a folder listing for its content. An example of a finding aid […]

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November 8th, 2019

WordPress gets a makeover

If you have been wanting to explore WordPress for a personal or professional website, now is a great time to start! This summer, a major update to the editor came to Bucknell’s WordPress installation. This makes designing your own website easier, faster, and more intuitive than ever before. To get started, head over to blogs.bucknell.edu and sign in. Questions? Need additional help with WordPress? Contact Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship at dps@bucknell.edu.

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November 8th, 2019

Need to connect a gaming system, tv, or smart device to the campus wifi?

Do you have a smart TV, gaming console, Amazon Echo Dot, or other smart device?  Connect it to the bucknell_IOT network to get online fast! For more information, please refer to the following AskLIT article:  How do I register a device on the bucknell_iot wireless network?

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November 8th, 2019

Disaster recovery planning: what if …?

What if a tornado takes the roof off the Computer Center? What if there’s a fire in the data center? What if there’s a meteor strike in Lewisburg? What if the zombies finally arrive? Listen to certain conversations among the L&IT Enterprise Technologies Systems staff and you might think we are very pessimistic people. But these are just a few of the “worst case” scenarios that we must consider in order to ensure the protection of critical data and systems in the case of a disaster. For many years, L&IT’s disaster plan was based on the idea of physical redundancy, […]

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November 8th, 2019

Visualize your data with Tableau

Through the use of visual techniques, data visualization allows us to find patterns and insights in our data which cannot be easily identified in the raw data itself. It is, therefore, an incredibly powerful tool which is being leveraged almost everywhere in modern society—business, journalism, academic research, mobile apps, and even art. Tableau, one of the most popular data visualization tools, has a variety of advantages: Relatively short initial learning curve Programming skills are not required so it is accessible to a very broad audience Incredible flexibility to analyze and visualize virtually any data Free licenses for educators and students […]

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