Finding & Focusing a Topic: Encyclopedias, Companions & General Histories
The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias with short, well-written overview essays. These essays can be helpful in defining and focusing a topic. They generally have bibliographies which include important authors who have published on the subject. To discover encyclopedias with essays on your topic, go to the catalog, select Articles & more, type keywords which describe your topic into the searchbox and select the format facet Reference on the results screen (see screenshot below) or ask your librarian for suggestions.
Encyclopedia of Ancient History
Geographic coverage: ancient Near East, pharaonic Egypt, classical Greece, and the Roman empire.Gale Virtual Reference Library
A large selection of encyclopedias, including Science and Its Times
.Science and Its Times
Introductions to calendars, medicine, mathematics, architecture, and agriculture of early civilizations.Daily Life in ... [Ancient Civilizations] Series
Books about all aspects of daily life in Mayan, Aztec, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Babylonian society.
searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets
such as topic, era, language
. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.
Examples of Library of Congress subjects:
Mayas - Calendar
Agriculture - Origin
Examples of keyword searches:
architecture and Mesopotamia
Mayas and writing
E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.
JSTORJSTOR is an archive of important core journals in the humanities. Current content is generally not available. JSTOR records indicate which years are covered.The Advanced Search feature has journal limits by discipline such as Classical Studies and Archaeology. You can further limit to keywords in title, abstract, or author field. Item type, language and publication date range are other available search limits.
Trying to decipher a journal abbreviation?
Check the journal abbreviations lists below for the full journal title:
Abbreviations for titles of Classical/Medieval Studies journals (Indiana University Libraries, based on L'Annee Philologique)
Bibliographical Abbreviations (compiled for the Egyptologists' Electronic Forum)
Library Catalog / Articles & more
Find scholarly journal articles by selecting Articles & more from the drop down menu of the Library's search box. Enter your keywords and limit search results to peer-reviewed journals and journal articles.
Citing Your Sources
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