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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Falvey Memorial Library has a wide variety of multi-volume encyclopedias in print as well as online. These encyclopedias are a good starting point for any research project. Encyclopedia articles are generally written by scholars and include bibliographical references. Ask a librarian for advice to find the best encyclopedia for your projec

Handbooks and Manuals


Style Guides


      • Falvey’s online catalog
      • WorldCat
        A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat includes archival materials and offers an inter-library loan request option.
      • EZ-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.

Articles in Academic Journals

      • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts : LLBA
        Coverage includes all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.
      • Communication & Mass Media Complete
        CMMC combines two earlier databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies and provides indexing and abstracts for over 400 titles. This database includes full text for nearly 200 journals
      • Education Full Text
        More than 400 English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the U.S. and elsewhere. Subjects include administration, teaching methods and curriculum, literacy, government funding, and more.
      • ERIC
        The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature. ERIC also contains a growing collection of full-text materials in Adobe PDF format, including reports from the What Works Clearinghouse.
      • MLA International Bibliography
        Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 3000 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works.
      • PsycINFO
        Contains citations and abstracts to journal articles, books and book chapters in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.
      • Social Sciences Full Text
        Index to international, English language journals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science and law.
      • Science Citation Index Expanded
        Provides access to current bibliographic information and cited references from scientific and technical journals in a broad range of disciplines. Search by article title word, journal title, author, cited author or reference, or address word (e.g. author's institution).
      • Social Sciences Citation Index
        Coverage includes all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.
      • MIT CogNet
        MIT CogNet is an electronic community for researchers in cognitive and brain sciences. Includes library of electronic books and journals from the MIT Press as well as other publishers, professional associations, institutions and individuals.

For further indexes please consult Subject Guides –Romance Languages and Literatureon the Library’s homepage.


Falvey Memorial Library has a wide variety of journals on linguistics in print as well as online. These journals are a good starting point for any research project. Ask a librarian for advice to find the best journal for your project.



(same as "all of these")
(same as "any of these")
Use AND to combine terms to get fewer results. Use for different concepts.

Internet AND Mental Health would find records that have both words in the record.

Use OR to combine terms to get more results. Use for synonyms or similar concepts.

 Mental Health OR Depression would find records with either word in the record.

Use NOT to eliminate records with a particular word.

 Depression NOT Economic would find everything on depression except items on economic depression.


        Constructing a search statement:
        Use parentheses to connect terms that need to be processed together first, especially synonyms or related terms. For example, if you want information on depression or the related disorder anxiety, place the terms in parentheses and link them with the operator or:

        (anxiety or depression)

        To search the effect of exercise on either depression or anxiety, type your search this way:

        (anxiety or depression) and exercise

        What is searching "as a phrase"?
        When you want two or more words to appear next to each other, in a particular order, in your search results, you want to search them "as a phrase". Use quotation marks " " to make sure that the words are found next to each other instead of in different parts of the record.

        What is truncation?
        When you want to find different forms of the same word, you want to use a truncation symbol. Type crim* instead of (crime or crimes or criminal or criminals). Truncation symbols vary (?, *, +). Be sure that you know which one is used in the database that you are searching in.

        Adapted from University of Illinois. University Laboratory High School Library. http://www.uni.uiuc.edu/library/computerlit/wrksht-boolean.htm


        Citation Software Solutions

            * 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.

              * Zotero
                Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

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sottigno Sue Ottignon
Research Support Librarian for Languages & Literatures
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 233

Susan Ottignon is the subject librarian for Romance Languages and Literature and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


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