The Library's catalog has records for all books in its print and electronic collections. Use WorldCat for a comprehensive review of the monograph literature.
Falvey Library Catalog
The Library's catalog enables patrons to search & browse Falvey Memorial Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more.WorldCat (OCLC)
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. WorldCat Step-by-Step
is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.JSTOR
The JSTOR journal archive now includes a large selection of electronic books published by university presses.
Digital Editions of Books in the Public Domain
Federal government docuements and books published prior to 1923 are generally in the public domain and freely available online. The two best catalogs for this type of material are listed below. You may also try a simple internet search.
Dissertations & Theses
Dissertations are often the precursors for later monograph publications. Most of the dissertations submitted after 1997 and quite a few earlier ones are available in digital format. Those that are not available through Proquest can be requested through interlibrary loan.
Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
Selected Historical Digital Collections
The Library has a number of historical collections. These collections typically all the books published in a particular period and/or geographic area. Some of them include languages other than English. They all have full text search capabilities. The content of these collections can also be discovered with the help of the Library's catalog.
Early English Books Online (Chadwyck-Healy)
Provides access to digital page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Includes books, pamphlets, manuscripts and newspapers. For searchable text of selected titles see Early English Books Online -Text Creation Partnership. Eighteenth Century Collections Online (Gale)
Offers full-text access to every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800. Consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered. Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)
Offers digital access to books, pamphlets, serials, and other sources documenting the history of the Americas published worldwide from 1500 to the early 20th century. Titles were selected based on Joseph Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana. Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 (Readex)
Features most of the books, pamphlets and broadsides printed in America between 1639 and 1800. Titles were selected based on Charles Evans’ American Bibliography. Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 (Readex)
Features most of the books, pamphlets, and broadsides published in America from 1801 through 1819. Contains many state papers and government reports. Titles were selected based on Ralph Shaw’s and Richard H. Shoemaker’s American Bibliography. Making of the Modern World, Part I, 1450-1850 (Gale)
Provides access to digital copies of books, serials, and various other works of economic literature published between 1450 and 1850. Presents critical primary sources on European economic history including economic theory, imperialism, wealth creation, and trade. Most of the titles are in English but works in other European languages are also included. Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs (ProQuest)
Features digital copies of books, pamphlets and periodicals related to women’s history in general and the movement for women’s rights in particular. Coverage is international and extends from the middle of the 15th century to the middle of the 20th century.