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Honors Fall 2012

This guide is suggested for students of HON 2003.

Researching the Life and Thoughts of Historical Persons


  • Library Catalog

    Use the online Library Catalog to find books and journal titles, whether in print or online format. 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 narrowed with facets, which appear to the right of the results. Topic, era, language are some of the available facets.

Keyword searcy:  Darwin AND letters
Subject search:  "Eliot George" AND criticism

  • WorldCat
    Books that are not owned by Falvey Memorial 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 the Library are tagged, titles not held by Falvey can be requested through interlibrary loan with the Borrow from another library link
  • E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is generally faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can also be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently unavailable.

Reference Works



 Reference Works

American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in what is now the United States. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
A reference work providing almost 60,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2009. State-of-the-art search options, extensive internal cross-referencing, access to articles from the original DNB, and navigation by "themes" combine with rigorous research and scholarship to make the Oxford DNB one of the most innovative and important reference sites available online.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2nd ed.
The Encyclopedia contains more than 2,100 entries including 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history.. Among the many topics covered are African, Islamic, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, and Buddhist philosophies; bioethics and biomedical ethics; art and aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; peace and war; social and political philosophy; the Holocaust; feminist thought; and much more.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
The Dictionary of Literary Biography print series has been a favorite with students and scholars for many years, often the first place to go to find authoritative biographical and critical essays on the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Offers Documentary, Main, and Yearbook series.

Encyclopedia of European Social History
Peter Stearns, Ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001. 3186 pp. 6 vols. This six-volume reference on European social history includes more than 230 articles on everything from serfdom and the economy, to witchcraft and public health.

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas

 General Databases

  Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)

  Historical New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest)

  The Times Digital Archive 1785-2010(Gale)

  British Periodicals (ProQuest)

  American Periodicals (ProQuest)

 Selected specialized databases in subject areas

  Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)

  America: History and Life (EBSCO)

  MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)

  ATLA Religion Database (EBSCO)

  Philosopher's Index (ProQuest)

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)

Style Guides and Citation Management Software

jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the interim subject librarian for Classical Studies and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


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