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
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
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 Tutorial
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
Use the databases listed below to find peer-reviewed journal articles on your topic. Contact me if you have any questions.
Use to link to the full text of an article or the interlibrary loan link to request the article from another library.
Historical Abstracts (EBSCO) Tutorial
America: History and Life (EBSCO) Tutorial
LC subject: Great Britain - Colonies - History - Sources
LC subjects: Jamaica and correspondence
LC subjects: Australia and diaries
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online
- Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's.
- Making of the Modern World
61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850.
- The Times Archives, 1785-1985
- British Periodicals
Hundreds of British journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries.
- 19th Century U.K. Periodicals
Part 2: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary and Colonial includes the complete run of 91 magazines with topics ranging from the abolition of the slave trade within the British Empire in 1807 to the first Opium Wars (1839-42) and the “scramble for Africa” in the 1880s and 1890s.
Citing Your Sources
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide. Access to the 16th edition is also available.
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