Online English-Chinese Dictionary Nciku

nciku_logo.pngA student worker of mine recently recommended a site that she uses for her Chinese course. It’s an English-Chinese online dictionary called Nciku. What’s great about this site is that not only is it a text dictionary, but it also has tools like audio, the ability to practice writing, and even create mp3 lists of words with the English and the Chinese definitions. There is even a Q and A section where you can ask native Chinese speakers questions about words. If you want to create vocab lists or take practice language tests, all you need to do is sign up for a free account with Nciku (you don’t need an account to use it like a normal dictionary). If you would like to learn more or would like to try out this site, click on the link below:

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive

shakespeare_logo.pngI recently came across the Shakespeare Quartos Archive. It is a digital online archive that "is a digital collection of pre-1642 editions of William Shakespeare’s plays. A cross-Atlantic collaboration has also produced an interactive interface for the detailed study of these geographically distant quartos, with full functionality for all thirty-two quarto copies of Hamlet held by participating institutions."

The project was made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

What’s really nice about this digital collection is the ability to download the XML, view the images, and view the HTML for each item in the archive. To check it out or learn more, click on the link below:

Maggwire: Search for Free Magazine Articles

maggwire.pngMaggwire is a free site where you can search for free magazine articles either by topic or by keywords. You can also search for articles based off of the publication. There are many publications to search including popular magazines like Time and Parade. you do not need an account to search Maggwire. To check out Maggwire, click on the link below:

World Cinema Foundation: Watch Restored International Films Free

world_cinema_logo.pngI recently came across this site that provides rare international films that you can watch for free online. The World Cinema Foundation is a non-profit organization that is "dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world – in particular, those countries lacking the financial and technical ability to do so." The foundation was established by Martin Scorsese.

If you are interested in watching a wide collection of international films online, or you would like to learn more about the World Cinema Foundation, click on the link below: