Exploring and Focusing Topics
The Library has a large number of subject-specific online encyclopedias with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. The essays in these encyclopedias and companions are great overviews and generally helpful in defining and focusing a topic. All essays include bibliographies that lead to further sources on a topic.
Encyclopedias, Companions & General Histories
Discover relevant articles in encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with the help of the library's Articles & more search option. 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
, 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 LoanUse E-ZBorrow or interlibrary loan to request resources not available in Falvey's collections.
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.Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 as well as book reviews and dissertations.A Short Introduction to Historical Abstracts is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.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
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.
Falvey Library Catalog
Discover primary sources published in books with the help of the library's catalog. Add keywords such as diaries
, "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. A simple search for the phrase "environmental justice" shows that the New York Times used this phrase for the first time on January 17, 1977 in reference to the dumping of mining waste into Lake Superior.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, with digital page and image reproductions. Historical coverage will expand annually, by one year. For more recent Washington Post
articles, see Lexis Nexis Academic
coverage (1977 - Present).Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines.Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazinesLexis Nexis Academic
Provides full-text access to a wide range of news, business, and legal sources.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.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.
Citing Your Sources
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