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.
Examples of Library of Congress subjects:
Opium trade - China
Opium trade - India
Convict labor - Australia - History
Penal colonies - Australia - History

Examples of keyword searches:
Ireland - India - Empire
Ireland and Britain and occupation

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.

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.

Encyclopedias, Companions & General Histories

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Offers access to a collection of digital encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and directories in the arts, social sciences, business, and sciences.

Encyclopedia of European Social History
See entries on Imperialism and Domestic Society, Explorers, Missionaries, Traders, The World Economy and Colonial Expansion, Imperialism & Gender, and more.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
See entries on Empire and Imperialism, Colonialism, Anticolonialism: South East Asia.

Cambridge Histories Online (Cambridge University Press)
Includes among others the New Cambridge History of India (22 vols.), the Cambridge Histories of Africa (8 vols.), South Africa (2 vols.), China (13 vols.), Latin America (12 vols.), and Southeast Asia (2 vols.) as well as the economic histories of Britain (3 vols.), India (2 vols.) and Europe (8 vols.).

Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History

Journal Articles

Use the databases listed below to find peer-reviewed journal articles on your topic. Contact me if you have any questions.

Use findit.gif to link to the full text of an article or the interlibrary loan link to request the article from another library.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books, book reviews, and dissertations that cover world history from 1450 to the present, excluding North American history which is covered in the companion index America: History and Life. Includes abstracts for academic journal articles and selective full text content. Coverage extends back to 1953.

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.

Primary Sources

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online, 17th ed.
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide with examples. The Library's website offers a short introduction and overview to the Notes and Bibliography System commonly used in the humanities.

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