Books

Explore the Library’s monograph collection with the help of the Books & Media file of the catalog. Books that are not available can be requested through interlibrary loan. Expect to wait for about a week.
Examples of Library of Congress subjects:
Women - History - To 500
Women - History - To 500 - Sources
Sex Role - History - To 500
Cleopatra - Queen of Egypt - d. 30 B.C.
Egypt - History - 332-30 B.C.

Falvey Library Catalog
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.

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.

JSTOR
A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.
Use the book tab to limit search result to books and book chapters.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Use these services to request delivery of books and journal articles that are not locally available.

Encyclopedias, Companions & Handbooks

The Library has a large collection of reference works, most of them in electronic format. Discover relevant encyclopedias, handbooks and companions through a search in the Articles & more file of the Library's catalog. Simply limit your search results to Reference under Format.

Gale Virtual Reference Library  Tutorial
Offers access to a collection of digital encyclopedias.

Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World

A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell)

Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell)
Covers all civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world including the Near East and Egypt. Recent updates are not available.

A Companion to Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell)

A Companion to Ancient Egypt (Wiley-Blackwell)

Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

Cambridge Ancient History

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Wiley-Blackwell)

Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

Journal Articles

The Library subscribes to a large number of history journals. Use the E-Journal Finder or the Articles file in the Library's catalog to look for known references. Request articles from journals that are not part of the Library's collections through interlibrary loan. The Library's blue Findit button serves as a bridge to the full text.
Trying to decipher a journal abbreviation?
Check the journal abbreviations lists below for the full journal title:
Abbreviations for titles of Classical/Medieval Studies journals (L'Annee Philologique)
Bibliographical Abbreviations (compiled for the Egyptologists' Electronic Forum)
Abbreviations for Assyriology (Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, University of Oxford)

Gender Studies Database (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals in many disciplines on topics relevant to gender studies. Includes abstracts for most citations. Coverage goes back to the early seventies.

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.

Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals in the humanities.

Art Full Text (EBSCO)  Tutorial
Art Full Text indexes and abstracts articles from art, art history and architecture journals. Full-text coverage is available for selected periodicals.

green_pin.gifTrying to decipher a journal abbreviation?
Check the journal abbreviations lists below for the full journal title:
Abbreviations for titles of classical/medieval studies journals (L'Annee Philologique)
Bibliographical Abbreviations (compiled for the Egyptologists' Electronic Forum)

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide for easy reference.