Background Information

This is but a small selection of the subject encyclopedias available in the Library. Ask a librarian for help if you would like to find more encyclopedias.


  • The library catalog
    Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. The Library's catalog has a number of different search options: keyword and subject searches are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets, which appear to the right of the results. Topic, region, era, and language are helpful facets.
    Sample keyword search: "city parks"
    Sample subject search: "urban parks"
    Sample subject search: "central park (New York, N.Y.)"
    Sample subject search:  "fairmount park"
    Sample subject search:  "human ecology - history"
  • WorldCat
    Books that are not owned by the Library can be found via WorldCat. WorldCat is an online catalog that includes the collections of most U.S. libraries as well as a large number of libraries abroad. Titles owned by Falvey Library are tagged, those not held by Falvey can be requested through interlibrary loan with the Borrow from another library link. WorldCat uses the same Library of Congress subject headings as the Library's catalog. 
  • EZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZBorrow is usually faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZBorrow can also be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently checked out by somebody else.

Scholarly Journal Articles

  • America: History & Life
    Search the contents of academic journals, historical magazines and dissertations. This database indexes articles on the history of America (North and South) published in academic journals such as Environment and History, Environmental History, and Antipode to name but a few. The FindIt button links to the full text of the articles in the Library's collection as well as to an interlibrary loan form. Interlibrary loan can only be used for those journals to which the Library does not have a subscription. It can take one to two weeks to process an interlibrary loan request.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Indexes peer reviewed journals in the humanities.
    Try a subject search for "environmental history," a keyword search for "civilian conservation corps" or a similar topic and narrow the results further to scholarly journals or any of the suggested subject facets. Humanities Full Text includes selected full text. Use the FindIt button to link to the Library's full text holdings or to the interlibrary loan form.
  • Academic OneFile
    Covers multiple subject areas and includes articles from peer-reviewed journals as well as popular magazines and newspapers. Use the FindIt button to link to the library's full text holdings or to the interlibrary loan form.

This is but a small selection of indexes to scholarly journals available in the Library. Ask for further suggestions if you would like to find more indexes.


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