Encyclopedias and Biographical Dictionaries

Gale eBooks
A library of hundreds of encyclopedias. Includes the Dictionary of American History, the Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America and the History of World Trade Since 1450 among many other relevant titles.
A self-paced interactive tutorial is available for those new to this resource.

American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)
Biographical resource on more than 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
Biographies of the men and women who shaped British history.


Falvey Library Catalog
Search & browse Falvey Library's collections.
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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.

EZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Use EZBorrow or interlibrary loan to request resources not available in Falvey's collections.

Journal Articles

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 as well as book reviews and dissertations.
A Short Introduction to Historical Abstracts is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

America: History and Life (EBSCO)
Indexes the literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes citations for journal and magazine articles, book reviews, and dissertations. Abstracts of journal articles are included together with selected full-text. Indexing goes back to 1964.

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.

 Digital Collections with Primary Sources

  America's Historical Newspapers (Readex)

  New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

  Times (London) Digital Archive, 1785-2019 (Gale)

  American Periodicals (ProQuest)

  British Periodicals (ProQuest)

  Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals (Gale)

  Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)

  Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)

  Eighteenth Century Collections Online: Parts I&II (Gale)

Online Exhibits

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 with examples. The Library's website offers a short introduction and overview to the Notes and Bibliography System commonly used in the humanities.