Getting Started

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.


Getting Started

The Library has a large number of subject-specific online encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with introductions to and state-of-the-art reviews of history topics. These essays can save you time by assisting you with defining and focusing your topic. They generally include bibliographies which list important historians who have published on the topic.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search multiple encyclopedias simultaneously. GVRL includes the Dictionary of American History, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Indian Policy and Law, and U.S. Environmental Policy and Politics: A Documentary History.

Companion to American Environmental History
Presents a comprehensive collection of over 30 essays that examine the evolving and diverse field of American environmental history with a complete historiography of the field.

Oxford Handbook of Environmental History
Includes essays that address most aspects of environmental history including climate, disease, flora, fauna, race, gender, consumption, borders, and cultural landscapes.

Encyclopedia of American Social Movements
This encyclopedia includes an essay about U.S. environmental movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
Includes two recent literature reviews of the field by Robert Wilson and Stephen Mosley along with many other bibliographies on more specific environmental topics.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Oxford University Press)
Presents overview essays on a wide range of topics related to environmental history ranging from environmental pollution to working class environmentalism and environmental and conservation movements. Essays on infrastructure deal with water and sewers, roads and highways, and mass-transit. The University community has only access to the American and Latin American history files. Each essay includes a section on primary sources and a bibliography with recommended readings.

Books & Book Chapters

Discover relevant monographs on our topic by consulting the following databases.

Books & Media
Includes records of all print and e-books owned by the Library. Books that are currently checked out can be requested through E-ZBorrow or interlibrary loan.

Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
Offers expert literature reviews. Expand the Find this resource section for links to local holdings.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Offers comprehensive indexing of books published world-wide and highlights those available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested with an online request form. Look for the Borrow from another library link.

Presents an archive of selected core journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Requests books that are not available on campus from other libraries.

Journal Articles

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.

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 can be helpful as long as results are limited to peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Selected Digital Primary Source Collections

All books and pamphlets available through the Library’s digital collections have records and links in the catalog.

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

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

Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)  Tutorial
Offers access to the major African American newspapers of the 20th century.

American Indian Newspapers (Adam Matthew Digital)
An archive of selected American Indian newspapers published between 1828 and 2016.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines from 1890-1982.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (EBSCO)
Indexes popular U.S. magazines from 1983 to the present.

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.

Electronic archives to leading journals of opinion including The New Republic, The Nation, NACLA, Commonweal, and The National Review.

Alternative Press Index (EBSCO)
Indexes journals from the alternative, radical and left presses, newspapers and magazines covering cultural, economic, political and social change.

Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)
Offers access to newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press.

CQ Press Library (CQ Press)
Provides a combined search interface and access to selected CQ Press publications including the CQ Almanac (1945-), the Political Handbook of the World (2005-), and the Supreme Court Yearbook (1989-).

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