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American Environmental History

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search multiple encyclopedias simultaneously. GVRL includes the Dictionary of American History, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Indian Policy and Law, and U.S. Environmental Policy and Politics: A Documentary History.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

Companion to American Environmental History

Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History
See the essay on environmentalism by Donald Worster.

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
This encyclopedia includes an essay about U.S. environmental movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Library has a large number of subject-specific online encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with introductions to all kinds of history topics. These essays will safe you time in defining and focusing your topic. They generally have bibliographies which reference important authors who have published on the subject. The library's Articles & more search makes it easy to discover encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with essays on your topic. Simply select Articles & more, type keywords which describe your topic into the search box and select the format facet Reference on the results screen (see screenshot below).



Falvey Library Catalog
Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. Search results can be narrowed with facets, which appear to the right of the results. Topic, region, era, and language are generally helpful facets.

WorldCat (OCLC)
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.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Use E-ZBorrow or interlibrary loan to request resources not available in Falvey's collections.

Journal Articles

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
This database indexes over 1,700 academic history journals such as Environment & History, Environmental History, Environmental Review, Environment & Culture. The FindIt button links to the full text of the articles in the Library's collection as well as to an interlibrary loan form. An online tutorial is available for those new to this database.

Articles & More Search
Search all the library's e-resources simultaneously. While results may be fuzzy and overwhelming, Articles & More is easy to use and can be helpful as long as results are limited to peer-reviewed journals.

A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. JSTOR does not include all of the library's journal content.

Primary Sources

Falvey Library Catalog
Discover primary sources published in books with the help of the library's catalog. Add keywords such as diaries, reports, correspondence, speeches, sources, "personal narratives," or any other term that describes a type of primary source.

Historical New York Times: 1851-2009 (ProQuest)
Complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.

Washington Post Historical: 1877-1996 (ProQuest)
The historical Washington Post offers full-text searching of every available issue of the Washington Post and Washington Post/Times-Herald title variations, from 1877 -1996.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817 – 1994 (Readex)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th Congress through the 103rd Congress. The collection covers a wide range of subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clarke Expedition to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

Electronic archives to leading journals of opinion. Search the full text of over 740 years of archives including Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review and The New York Review of Books.

Alternative Press Index (EBSCO)
Indexes over 200 journals from the alternative, radical and left presses, newspapers and magazines covering cultural, economic, political and social change. Includes selected abstracts from research journals. Includes such titles as Earth First!, Green Horizon, Peace Review, New Solutions, and Co-op America Quarterly.

Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
A comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.

CQ Press Library (SAGE)
Combines many Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Press resources for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. Access is provided to Congress and the Nation (1945-2004), Historic Documents Series (1972 -), Political Handbook of the World, Supreme Court Yearbook (1989 -), Vital Statistics on American Politics and the Washington Information Directory, and more.

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 16th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.
For a quick introduction watch the online tutorial A Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Chicago-Style Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to Chicago Style.
Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for easy reference.

Schedule an Appointment with Jutta

jseibert Jutta Seibert
Team Leader - Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.

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Last Modified: Monday, March 2nd, 2015