Encyclopedias, Companions & General Histories

Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell)
See the sections on hygiene, diagnosis, disease, medicine and public health.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
See the sections on mummification, disease, medicine and deformity.

A Companion to Ancient Egypt (Wiley-Blackwell)
See chapter 21 on science and technology.

Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

Cambridge Ancient History
A comprehensive ancient history in fourteen volumes spanning prehistory to late antiquity.

21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook
See chapter 33 on paleopathology and anthropology.

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying
See the essay on mummification.

Encyclopedia of death and the human experience
Includes essays on mummies of ancient Egypt, ancient Egyptian beliefs and traditions, and Egyptian perceptions of death.

Cambridge World History of Human Disease

Science and Its Times
Includes essays on doctors, drugs and death in ancient Egypt, mummies and embalming.

Access Science (McGraw-Hill)
Includes articles about paleopathology and bioarcheology.


Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)
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.
Selected books and articles on mummies and mummification in the Falvey collection.
Subjects:  paleopathology and mummies
Subjects:  radiography and mummies
Subjects:  diseases and mummies
Keywords:  Egypt* and mummi*

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.

Journal Articles

Trying to decipher a journal abbreviation?
Here is a handy list of journal abbreviations for classical and medieval studies journals courtesy of Indiana University Libraries.

JSTOR is an archive of important core journals in the humanities. Current content is not available. JSTOR indicates which years are covered.
The Advanced Search feature has journal limits by discipline such as Classical Studies and Archaeology. You can further limit to keywords in title, abstract, or author field. Item type, language and publication date range are other available search limits.

Offers indexing of journal articles and books in all areas of biomedicine. Worldwide coverage with an emphasis on English-language peer-reviewed journals. Developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and currently maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Articles & More Search
Quick search for scholarly journal articles across disciplines. Don't forget to limit search results to articles from peer-reviewed journals. While it doesn't provide access to everything the library has to offer, it is an excellent starting point for your searches.

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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