Getting Started

CQ Researcher (CQ Press)
In-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Each CQ Researcher report is based on a common structure: overview, background, current situation, pro/con section, special focus, chronology, bibliography and next step.

Gale eBooks
Search Gale encyclopedias and handbooks simultaneously. GVRL includes the Environmental Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics & Philosophy, Water: Science & Issues, the Worldmark Encyclopedia of U.S. & Canadian Environmental Issues (includes detailed state profiles), and U.S. Environmental Policy & Politics: A Documentary History.

Sage Reference
Search all Sage encyclopedias and handbooks simultaneously. The Sage platform includes the Encyclopedia of Environment & Society, the Encyclopedia of Global Warming & Climate Change, the Encyclopedia of Water Politics & Policy in the United States, and the A-Z Guides to environmental issues such as green business, green politics, green energy, and more.


Falvey Library Catalog
Books and book chapters in the Library's print collection are an important source of critical literature. The Library's catalog has a number of different search options: keyword and subject searches are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets, which appear to the right of the results. Topic, region, era, and languageare helpful facets.
Sample searches
Subject search: "sustainable development"
Alternatively, browse the HC79 call numbers on the 3rd floor of the library.
Subject search: sustainability
Subject search: "environmental justice"
Subject search: "climate change"
Books with GE call numbers, shelved on the 3rd floor of the library, deal with multiple aspects of environmental studies. Browse the shelves in this section to generate ideas for a topic.

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
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The EZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. EZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.

Journal Articles

Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides abstracts and citations for peer-reviewed journals in all major disciplines, particularly in the sciences.

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.

ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest)
Discover relevant content in business and economics journals.

Articles & More Search
Discover scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals from all disciplines. Use the facets displayed with initial search results to limit to peer-reviewed journals, journal articles, and the subject area of your choice.

More Helpful Resources

Lexis Nexis Academic  Limitations on Use
Full-text of selected national and international newspapers and magazines. Coverage for the last 20-30 years.

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

Washington Post Historical: 1877- (ProQuest)
Complete archive from 1877 -1996. For more recent Washington Post articles, see Lexis Nexis Academic coverage (1977 - Present).

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (EBSCO)
Indexes over 450 popular magazines as far back as 1983.

Complete archives of opinion magazines such as The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, Dissent, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, and the National Review.

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.

Data and GIS

Social Explorer
Provides access to maps and tables of U.S. Census and American Community Survey data from 1790 through most recently released data. Also includes datasets on election, health, crime, religion, and environmental topics, as well as some international data (UK Census 2011; Canadian Census 2011; selected Eurostat data; and World Development Indicators from the World Bank.) Create a free personal account in order to save your work.