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British Empire


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 (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections 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.

Encyclopedias, Companions & General Histories

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
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
Provides cross reference searching in encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research including arts, business, social sciences and sciences.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

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
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)
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexed journals include the Europe Asia Studies, the Australian Historical Studies, and the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.
Example of a peer-reviewed journal article:
Frankema, Ewout. 2010. "Raising revenue in the British empire, 1870-1940: how 'extractive' were colonial taxes?." Journal of Global History 5, no. 3: 447-477.

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
A complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews.
America: History & Life is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

Primary Sources

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 16th 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.

Make an appointment to meet with Jutta

I am happy to meet with you at any time, in person, by phone, or virtually via our chat service.

You can also email me directly.

 In my office in Falvey Library
 By phone
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jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

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


Last Modified: Thursday, August 28th, 2014