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U.S. Foreign Relations, 1914-Present

Background Research

The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. The essays in these encyclopedias and companions are great overviews and they can be very helpful in defining and focusing a topic. All essays include bibliographies that will lead to further sources on a topic.

This is a small selection of the subject encyclopedias available in the Library. Ask a librarian for help if you would like to find more encyclopedias.

Selected Primary Sources

Critical Literature

published in books

  • The Library's Catalog
    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.
    Subject search examples:
    "United States" and "foreign relations"
    "cold war"
    "United States" and "foreign relations" and "Soviet Union"
  • WorldCat
    Books that are not owned by the Library can be found via WorldCat. WorldCat is an online catalog that includes the collections of most U.S. libraries as well as a large number of libraries abroad. Titles owned by Falvey Memorial Library are tagged, those not held by Falvey can be requested through interlibrary loan with the Borrow from another library link. WorldCat uses the same Library of Congress subject headings as the Library's catalog. The Export feature makes it possible to download selected references into a RefWorks account.
  • E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is usually faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently checked out by somebody else.

Critical Literature

published in scholarly journals

Use the databases listed below to find peer-reviewed journal articles on your topic. Contact me if you have any questions.


  • PAIS International
    PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) covers issues in the public debate and provides historical perspective on many of the 20th century's public and social policies.

Citing Your Sources

  • Documenting Sources, Chicago Style
    DianaHacker.com: Research and Documentation Online.
    Sample bibliography.
  • Generate references in Chicago style for your cited reference list
    (Historical Abstracts and America: History & Life)
    Use the "Add to Folder" links to create a list of potentially useful articles then switch to Folder View and Select all items. Click on the "Save as File" icon to the right of your results and select Chicago style in the drop down menu under "Citation Format." Click on "Save" and then copy and paste the resulting list of Chicago style citations into your word file.

  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    15th ed. Available online and in print.
    Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993.
    Information desk Z253.U69 2003
  • RefWorks
    Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.

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jseibert Jutta Seibert
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Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013