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Background Research


Library Catalog

Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. Take advantage of the different search options available in the library's catalog. Start with a keyword search and use the hyper-linked subjects to further narrow your search results. Facets can also be used to limit search results. Topic, region, era, and language are some of the available facets.

Keyword search:  tsar* or czar*
Subject search:  emperor* and Russia
Keyword search: commissar* and soviet
Subject search:  communists and "soviet union"
Subject search:  Russia and "ethnic relations"
Subject search:  minorities and "Soviet Union"
Subject search:  (Islam or muslims) and "Soviet Union"
Subject search:  Russia and revolution and 1905
Subject search:  "Soviet Union" and revolution and 1917

Primary sources published in books:

Author search:  Lenin, Vladimir
Subject search:  "Revolution, 1917-1921" and "Personal narratives"
Subject search:  "Soviet Union" and revolution and sources
Subject search:  "Soviet Union" and "political prisoners" and biography
Subject search:  serfs and biography
WorldCat (OCLC)
Find books that are not owned by the library and request them via interlibrary loan. Titles owned by Falvey Memorial Library are tagged. All other titles can be requested through interlibrary loan with the "Borrow from another library" link. WorldCat uses the same subjects as the library's catalog.

Journal Articles

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Includes journal articles, book reviews and dissertations.
Use the FindIt button to link out to the library's holdings. A simple keyword search, such as serfs and Russia is often a good start. Search results can then be narrowed by subject, language, or format.

ABSEES - American Bibliography of Slavic & East European Studies (EBSCO)
Provides information on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Some of the many subjects covered include: anthropology, culture & the arts, economics, education, and geography. Sources indexed include journals, books, dissertations, online resources and selected government publications published in the U.S. and Canada.

Primary Sources Online

  Current Digest of the Russian Press

  British Periodicals Collection I (ProQuest)

  American Founding Era (Rotunda)

  Historical New York Times: 1851-2009 (ProQuest)

  The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 (Gale)

  Making of the Modern World

  Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals (Gale)

Citing your sources


  Refworks Tutorial

  Documenting Sources, Chicago Style

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.


Last Modified: Wednesday, June 20th, 2012