Encyclopedias, Companions, Handbooks & Surveys

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search multiple encyclopedias simultaneously. This collection includes among others The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students, Europe, 1450-1789: An Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, The Encyclopedia of Religion, The Encyclopedia of European Social History, The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, and The New Catholic Encyclopedia.
Gale Virtual Reference Library interactive tutorial

Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation
Covers the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature.

A Companion to the Reformation World
29 new essays by leading international scholars provide an inclusive overview of recent work in Reformation history.

A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance
28 essays about the Renaissance in Europe and beyond.

Cambridge Companions Online (Cambridge University Press)
Search a large collection of Cambridge companions simultaneously. The collection includes companions about reformation theology, Puritanism, Renaissance humanism, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Machiavelli, the Italian Renaissance, and Renaissance philosophy.

Cambridge Histories Online (Cambridge University Press)
See the volumes on The Renaissance, 1493-1520, The Reformation, 1520-1559, Counter-Reformation and Price Revolution, 1559-1610, Political Thought, 1450-1700, Christianity in Western Europe, c. 1100-1500, and Reform and Expansion, 1500-1660.


Falvey Library Catalog
The Library's catalog enables patrons to search & browse Falvey Memorial Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more.

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 & Book Chapters

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 as well as book reviews and dissertations.
A Short Introduction to Historical Abstracts is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

Iter Bibliography (University of Toronto)
A bibliography of scholarly journal articles, books, essays, and book reviews pertaining to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. Includes some current content.

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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