The Library has a large number of subject-specific online encyclopedias with short, well-written overview essays. These essays can be helpful in defining and focusing a topic. They generally have bibliographies which include important authors who have published on the subject. To discover encyclopedias with essays on your topic, go to the catalog, select Articles & more, type keywords which describe your topic into the searchbox and select the format facet Reference on the results screen (see screenshot below) or browse the selected titles listed below.
Falvey Library Catalog
Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. Search results can be narrowed with facets
, which appear to the right of the results. Topic
, and language
are generally helpful facets.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 LoanUse E-ZBorrow or interlibrary loan to request resources not available in Falvey's collections.
Articles & More Search
Search all the library's e-resources simultaneously. While results may be fuzzy and overwhelming, Articles & More
is easy to use and ideally suited for interdisciplinary topics. Limit your results to peer-reviewed journals, exclude book reviews and include articles at other libraries for optimal results.America: History and Life (EBSCO)
This database indexes over 1,700 academic history journals such as Environment & History, Environmental History, Environmental Review, Environment & Culture
. The FindIt
button links to the full text of the articles in the Library's collection as well as to an interlibrary loan form. An online tutorial
is available for those new to this database.JSTOR
A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. JSTOR does not include all of the library's journal content.
Falvey Library Catalog
Discover primary sources published in books with the help of the library's catalog. Add keywords such as diaries
, "personal narratives,"
or any other term that describes a type of primary source.Historical New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest)
Complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)
The historical Washington Post
offers full-text searching of every available issue of the Washington Post
and Washington Post/Times-Herald
title variations, from 1877 -1996.Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines.U.S. Congressional Serial Set: 1817 – 1994 (Readex)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th Congress through the 103rd Congress. The collection covers a wide range of subjects ranging from the Lewis and Clarke Expedition to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.OpinionArchives
Electronic archives to leading journals of opinion. Search the full text of over 740 years of archives including Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review
and The New York Review of Books
.Alternative Press Index (EBSCO)
Indexes over 200 journals from the alternative, radical and left presses, newspapers and magazines covering cultural, economic, political and social change. Includes selected abstracts from research journals. Includes such titles as Earth First!
, Green Horizon
, Peace Review
, New Solutions
, and Co-op America Quarterly
.Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
A comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.CQ Press Library (SAGE)
Combines many Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Press resources for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. Access is provided to Congress and the Nation (1945-2004), Historic Documents Series (1972 -), Political Handbook of the World, Supreme Court Yearbook (1989 -), Vital Statistics on American Politics and the Washington Information Directory, and more.
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