Finding Books

There are two primary ways to search for books through the library.

1-Search the Catalog

To search the catalog enter your search terms into the search bar which can be found at the top of any library page and click "find." You will see 3 columns, click on the link for the one on the far left labeled "books & media."

Once you have done this the results you see will be book available through Falvey Library.  You can further narrow down you results using the options in the right hand column  labeled "Refine Search." 

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.
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2-Search WorldCat

In WorldCat you can search for a variety of things, but one of the most useful functions of searching world cat is that it will display books owned by Falvey library as well as books owned by other libraries. When you do a search for books the ones we own will have a green 
In your library VILLANOVA UNIV tag next to them where as books not owned by Villanova will give you the option to "Borrow from another library." WorldCat is especially useful for graduate students whose research may require them to access a wider variety of books than those immediately available through the library. 

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections 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.
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 Books, Plays, Dissertations, etc.

  Black Drama, 2nd 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 Includes a large number of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, Alice Childress, Amiri Baraka, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.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.

  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.

  Essay & General Literature Index (EBSCO)
Indexes essay collections with emphasis on the humanities and social sciences.

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

  Hathi Trust Digital Library
Provides full-text access to digital copies of books, pamphlets, and journals available in the public domain. Most of the freely available texts are pre-1923 imprints and government documents. Full-text access to all other publications is limited to identified member institutions. The collection largely mirrors the contents of Google Books, which makes pdf files of works from the public domain freely available.

  MLA Literary Research Guide
The Literary Research Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics. The scope and organization of the content are described in the introduction. To begin working, use one of the tabs above.

  MagillOnLiterature Plus (Salem Press; EBSCO)
Offers critical analyses, plot summaries, and character profiles covering works by fiction writers, poets, dramatists, essayists, and philosophers. Includes MasterPlots and MasterPlots II. Also contains biographical essays and bibliographies for authors.

  North American Theatre Online (Alexander Street Press)
Presents a comprehensive reference work on North American theater, covering authors, plays, theaters, production companies, and major productions from Colonial times to the present. Includes the full text of major reference works; also contains images of playbills, posters, photographs, and other ephemera.

  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.

  The Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama (APGRD)
The APGRD is a pioneering international centre for research into performances of Greek and Roman drama worldwide, from antiquity to the present, on stage, screen and radio, in opera and dance.