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Tips for Access to Library Resources

  • The simplest way to initiate library research is to open up your favorite browser and go directly to library.villanova.edu.  MyNova is great for University information, tools and  email but does not enhance the online library experience.
  • Library subscription databases are authenticated with a single sign on.  Once you login to a single database with your Villanova email user name and password you will have access to all others. 
  • You will not be able to access known library resources by simply Googling them. 
  • Firewalls at workplaces are a common impediment to accessing library databases.  To avoid this problem find an open network connection elsewhere.  Few employers IT departments are willing to adjust firewalls.
  • Benefit can be gained by working within the Villanova gateway particularly if the authentication process for a library resources is malfunctioning.  To do this go to gateway.villanova.edu.  Log in with your Villanova email user name and password and start the network connection.  This will allow you to use library resources within a secure connection.

  Choosing the Right Database

Knowing which database to use is half the battle.  Asking professors, classmates and librarians for recommendations is often helpful.  When asking for suggestions about what sources to use, remember to provide a concise description of what information you think you need, describing how you would like to use the information.  Library database descriptions try to convey database content, but sometimes you will need to log on to the database to see or use database help tools.  To find out if we subscribe to a database:

  Get Full Text Article or Journal

  APA Citations

  Industry and Market Research Reports

  Company Profiles

  Country Business Profiles

  Finding Scholarly Studies

In business disciplines scholarly studies can take the form of books, journal articles,  working papers or reports.  Types of scholarly studies include theoretical papers, literature reviews or meta-analysis, and empirical research either quantitative and qualitative or mixed method. 

There are several dominant avenues for finding scholarly work:
  • Searching subject specific databases
  • Using general purpose and interdisciplinary search engines
  • Chasing citations in articles and books (see section on getting full text or article or journal)

 Subject Specific Scholarly Databases

 General & Interdisciplinary Databases

 Business Databases A-Z

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  Accounting & Tax Periodicals (ProQuest)

  Advertising Age Datacenter

  Advertising Redbooks

  Audit Analytics

  Banking Information Source (ProQuest)

  Better Business Bureau (BBB) Information System


  Business Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)

  Business Expert Press

  Business Regional News (Ebscohost)

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

  CQ Researcher (SAGE)

  Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities

  Canadian Business & Current Affairs - CBCA - Complete (ProQuest)

  Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

  Computer Science Index (EBSCO)

  Conference Board Business & Economics Portfolio

  Congressional Publications (ProQuest)




  EconLit with Full Text (EBSCO)

  Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

  Emerald Journal Database

  Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)

  Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)

  European Patent Office (from EI Village)

  FED in Print

  Financial Times

  Foundation Directory Online Professional

  Gale Directory Library

  Global Financial Data

  Global New Products Database (Mintel)


  IBIS World

  IEEE Xplore

  Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)


  Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

  Leadership Directory

  Lexis Nexis Academic

  MarketLine Company Profiles


  Mergent Online

  Mergent WebReports

  Mintel Reports

  Morningstar Investment Research Center

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)

  New York Times Historical [Fulltext from 1851-1999]

  OECD iLibrary


  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

  Oxford English Dictionary

  PAISArchive [1915-1976]

  Euromonitor (Passport)

  Pharmaceutical News Index (ProQuest)

  Philadelphia Business Journal (American City Business Journals)

  Philadelphia Inquirer

  Polling the Nations

  ProQuest Asian Business & Reference

  ProQuest Business Periodicals (ProQuest)

  ProQuest Computing

  ProQuest European Business

  ProQuest Snapshot Series

  ProQuest Telecommunications

  PsycARTICLES (ProQuest)

  RIA Checkpoint (Thomson Reuters)


  Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

  SRDS (Kantar Media)

  ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

  Social Sciences Citation Index/Web of Science

  Sports Business Research Network

  Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Search

  Statistical Insight (ProQuest)

  ThomasNet Register of American Manufacturers

  US Patent Full-text and Image Database

  United States Patent and Trademark Office: Trademark database


  Value Line Investment Survey

  Venture Capital & Private Equity Firms


  WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)

  WorldCat (OCLC)


lhauck Linda Hauck
Business Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 222

dlambert Dennis Lambert
Coordinator of Collection Management and Development
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085

mstein Merrill Stein
Geography & the Environment / Psychological and Brain Sciences / Education & Counseling / Public Administration / Naval Science
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 221

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