Background Research

Dictionary of American History
The classic reference source for American history.

American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)
All articles originally included in the ANB Online were on biographical subjects who died before the end of 1995. Articles on important figures who have died since 1995 are being added in quarterly updates.

Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America

Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Covers all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.

Cambridge History of American Music

Cambridge History of World Music

Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music

Cambridge History of Musical Performance

Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock

Cambridge Companion to the Musical

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Offers access to a collection of digital encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and directories in the arts, social sciences, business, and sciences.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

Books

Falvey Library Catalog
The Library's catalog enables patrons to search & browse Falvey Memorial Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form. WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.

Journal Articles

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
Indexes the literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes citations for journal and magazine articles, book reviews and dissertations. Abstracts of journal articles are included together with selected full-text. Indexing goes back to 1964.
America: History & Life is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

JSTOR
Provides a full-text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.

MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Indexes literature, language, linguistics, and folklore journals.

Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Indexes sociology journals.

Selected Primary Sources

  America‚Äôs Historical Newspapers (Readex)

  Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)

  OpinionArchives

  Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (EBSCO)

  Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)

  Primary Sources Research Guide

Chicago Style

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.
For a quick introduction watch the online tutorial A Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Chicago-Style Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to Chicago Style.
Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for easy reference.

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