Finding Digital books

Falvey has many digital texts that you can search for and use online even though you can't access our physical collections. 

Library Search Engine basics (short Video)
Library Search Engine advanced techniques (short video)

Instructions for finding ebooks:

Visual Guide to searching for ebooks

  • Use this link to search ebooks
    • It will take you to our entire catalog of ebooks 
  • Once you follow the link to our online collection, you can enter search terms in the search bar AND if you like you can also select and apply additional subject filters to the search terms you are trying, by selecting different subjects in the right hand column.
  • Remember that academic databases need you to be more specific in your search terms than google. If one search doesn't work try another, think of synonyms. 
  • A really good place to get ideas for key word searches is Wikipedia, you may discover terminology you were unaware of, or connections you didn't know about. Use those ideas to develop search terms to use on the library website and our databases.


 Falvey Catalog & WorldCat

  Falvey Library Catalog
The Library's catalog enables patrons to search & browse Falvey Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more.

  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.

 Books, Plays, Dissertations, etc.

Below is a list of databases containing play texts

  American Drama 1714–1915
Contains over 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth.

  Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama (APGRD)
Contains over 10,000 items relating to modern performances of Greek and Roman drama. The centerpiece of the archive is the Leyhausen-Spiess collection, which documents European theatre history from the 1920s to the 1970s.

  Black Drama, 3rd Edition (Alexander Street Press)
Contains the full text of works by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries together with detailed information about productions, theaters, production companies, and other ephemera related to the plays. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. Includes a large number of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, Alice Childress, Amiri Baraka, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others. Coverage goes back to the middle of the 19th century.

  Compendium of Renaissance Drama
Indexes every play performed on the English stage between 1486 and 1642. Includes information about playhouses, companies, and playwrights. Also indexes actors, characters, and place names. Offers interactive maps.

  Dissertations and Theses @ Villanova University (ProQuest)
Provides citations, abstracts, and full text, when available, of Villanova University dissertations and theses submitted to and published by ProQuest. Coverage goes back to 1969.

  Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
Provides citations, abstracts, and full text, when available, of dissertations and theses from 1743 to the present.

  Drama Online
Provides access to the full text of plays from across the history of the theatre, ranging from Aeschylus to the present day. Includes non-English-language works in translation, scholarly and critical editions, supporting practical, critical, and contextual works on acting and performance, theatre craft, technical theatre, critical interpretations, theatre history surveys, and major reference works on authors, movements, practitioners, periods, and genres. Additional media includes L.A. Theatre Works audio plays, productions stills, streaming video of Hollow Crown, Shakespeare's Globe on Screen, and BBC Drama Films & Documentaries.

  Eighteenth Century Drama (Adam Matthew Digital)
Contains over 2,500 plays submitted for license between 1737 and 1824. Correspondence between key theatrical figures, biographical information, advertisements, portraits and companion texts provide context for the plays and emphasize the role of theatre in society not only as entertainment, but as an opportunity for social commentary.

  Google Books
Search the full text of digitized books contributed by libraries and publishers. View either brief excerpts, bibliographic information or if not protected by copyright the full text.

  Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction (ProQuest)
Includes more than 100,000 pages of poetry, short fiction, novels, and more than 450 plays. Nearly all of the content is in copyright, and most of the other items are long out of print or have never before been published.

  New Play Exchange
Offering the world's largest digital library of scripts by living writers. This resource allows users to find, read, and evaluate scripts, leverage the expertise of literary managers and dramaturgs throughout the new play sector, and share opportunities with writers.

  Play Index (EBSCO)
Indexes plays written from antiquity to the present that have been published individually or reprinted in collections and anthologies since 1949. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title, author, subject, style, genre, or cast type.