Scholarly Subject Encyclopedias

Encyclopaedia Judaica
Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Hundreds of encyclopedias from all disciplines.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2nd ed.
Well-written introductory essays on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history.


Falvey Library Catalog
Search or browse Falvey’s collection of books.

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.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Get books from other libraries.

Scholarly Journal Articles

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 as well as book reviews and dissertations.

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
A complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, essays, books, book reviews in all fields of religious and theological studies back to the early 19th century, as well as Catholic Church documents compiled by the American Theological Library Association. Includes full text of academic journals. Brings together Religion Database and the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index on a single platform. Coverage goes back to 1981.

RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (National Library of Israel)
Indexes journal articles in the various fields of Jewish studies.

Newspapers and Magazines

New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Complete archive from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most recent two years.

Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)
Complete archive from 1877 to 1996.

Archives of the leading journals of opinion, including Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review and The New York Review of Books.

Lexis Nexis Academic  Limitations on Use
Provides full-text access to a wide range of  current news (national, international, regional, business, legal, and foreign language).

Evaluating Web Sites

Evaluating Internet Information
(Johns Hopkins University Library)

Evaluating Sources of Information
(James Madison University Library)

Citing Your Sources

Chicago Manual of Style Online
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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