Welcome to your course guide.

Here you will find tools and resources to help you engage in research for your course, but don't forget the library has many many resources that are all available to your as Villanova students. Although the resources on this page are specific to your current class your understanding of how to use these resources can be applied to other library resources for other classes in the future.  

Other Helpful Library Pages 

For a comprehensive list of the databases available to you through the library see Databases A-Z
For resources by subject area see Falvey's Subject Guides page.
Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism?

Search Smarter!

The Web vs. Library Databases – A comparison 
A guide to understanding and evaluating the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly resources

Is it Scholarly? Tips for critically evaluating your information resources.

Article Database Search Tips

  • Use Synonmyms, brainstorm and mine found resources
  • Notice controlled vocabulary, index, descriptor and subject terms
  • Use truncation * works for most databases
  • Combine terms with boolean operators, AND contains both terms, OR contains at least one term
  • Search phrases, quotes work for most databases
  • Use dropdown menu or radio buttons to limit search to fields such as title, subject, abstract, descriptors
  • Use the online Help

  E-Reference Resources

 Scholarly Journals

 News and Opinion Resources

  Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

  Alternative Press Index (EBSCO)

  New York Times (NYTimes.com)  Access Instructions

  Organizing and Citing Your Work