This page details a specific electronic resource that has been indicated by Villanova Librarians as useful in conducting research.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
An ongoing project to update what was originally 10,000+ print dictionary entries that is now available for the first time online. Since priority is being given to writing entries for ships currently in commission, many of the entries from the original print volumes may be incomplete or out-dated. Be sure to see editorial note regarding outdated ship histories or those ships without a history. (See also http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/)