Focus on: Language Resources

Mason Libraries acquire a variety of online resources for students, faculty and staff to learn and succeed, including a wide variety of foreign language resources, ranging from books, e-books, scholarly journals, juvenile literaturemusic and movies. Use Quick Search,the Libraries’ Catalog, Subject Guides, or the Database List to browse, locate and use the materials. A sample of what’s recently been added to the collections include:

Rosetta Stone
rosetta.400Language software provides learning support for 30 different languages, including 50 hours of foundational instructions; core lessons to build on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; and grammar and vocabulary activities.


CAIRN.Info Journals
cairnComprehensive online collection of French-language journals and e-books in social sciences and humanities, combined with an English-language database where abstracts and selected articles from key journals are translated from French into English.

kotoKotobarabia Arabic eLibrary
The Kotobarabia E-Library consists of more than3,500 contemporary and classic Arabic books from Egypt in e-bookformat and are full-image and full-text searchable. The collection is divided into 29 thematic categories.


elibroe-libro coleccion: Catedra
e-libro is a Spanish-language research database. Search, browse, and preview e-books and other research material.



For more information about the Libraries’ foreign languages collections, please contact Elena Landry, Global Programs and Foreign Languages Librarian.

Pick Your Spot! Library Study Spaces

PickYourSpotFall2016400You asked. We answered! How? Pick Your Spot! Areas throughout Fenwick Library are now arranged to accommodate various study needs, research interactions, and levels of volume. As a member of the Mason community, we are also encouraging library users to help maintain a pleasant, productive facility in which to work. Pick Your Spot operates on the principle of think globally, act locally: kindly ask those who may not be respecting the designated space to please do so. Protect Fenwick’s environment, too! Eat food in Fenwick Lobby only. Keep feet off furniture, window ledges, furniture. Protect your valuables. Respect others.

Arlington Campus Library and Gateway Library are implementing Pick Your Spot study areas, too. Know where to go – to study and succeed. Pick Your Spot!




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2016-17 Fenwick Fellows Announced

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced that, due to the exceptionally high caliber of the applicant pool’s research proposals, the Fenwick Fellow committee selected two recipients to receive the award for 2016-2017. The new Fenwick Fellows are Dr. John G. Turner, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr. Edward Rhodes, Professor of Government and International Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government.

jturnerProfessor Turner’s research proposal, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Making of American Liberty, is a current book project under contract with Yale University Press and set for publication in 2020, the four hundredth anniversary of the Mayflower landing. The project uses the history of the Plymouth Colony Pilgrims to explore themes such as religious persecution and refugees, religious and political liberty, and conflict between Christian purity and religious pluralism.

With his project, Digital Curatorship of Historical Documentation: The Rise and Fall of Liberal Republican Foreign Policy, 1920-1932, Professor Rhodes anticipates creating a erhodesfully searchable digital collection of primary documents dealing with American foreign policy during the 1920-1932 period; an edited and annotated compilation of key documents from this period, designed for pedagogical purposes as well as research, and a scholarly monograph documenting and explaining the intellectual roots and principle policy features of American foreign policy during this period.

Professors Turner and Rhodes will present the results of their work in spring 2018 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. The winning proposal(s) is recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipient(s) is provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project.  The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 29, 2016 and end on August 11, 2017.