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Burney database trial: 17th & 18th century newspapers full text

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Burney Collection Newspapers: 17th & 18th century

Explore the early history of the English newspaper. Learn about the English Civil War, the Restoration and 18th century political and cultural developments.

“The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press”, totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable in Gale Digital Collection.

Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others. When trying to print entire newspaper pages, you will need to tile them to make them legible given the differing paper size between newsprint and common office paper sizes.” (From the database description)


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Dictionary of Irish Biography

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The Dictionary of Irish Biography is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary for Ireland to date. It was edited by James McGuire and James Quinn and published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy. The 9 volume set contains “over 9,000 entries covering 9,700 lives, ranging from the earliest times to 2002.” Articles are between 200 and 15,000 words long and provide lively short summaries as well as detailed assessments. 700 advisors and scholars contributed biographical entries. The editors paid particular attention to outstanding women who have previously been overlooked  as well as to a broad coverage of the modern period.

This new reference work replaces Boylan’s classic Dictionary of Irish Biography and supplements the outstanding Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online for the serious Irish Studies scholar. The print volumes can be found in the reference section on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have.


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Why is the Census important to universities?

census-bureauCensus data affect college tuition grant and loan programs.

Census data inform decisions about funding for critical services in your academic community, like transportation, public safety, medical care and road repairs.

Census data inform and support important research done by college faculty, students, librarians and community leaders.

Census data affect your voice in Congress, as well as the redistricting of state legislatures and local voting districts.

Census questionnaires are being delivered or mailed to residential addresses in March 2010. But parents should not include their children who live in on-campus housing. In April and May the Census Bureau will deliver individual census questionnaires to on-campus housing and will coordinate with Residence Life and Housing Staff to distribute and collect these questionnaires.


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Open Mic Poetry Reading on 4/8: Celebrate National Poetry Month

microphoneThe annual Open Mic Poetry Reading will take place on Thurs., April 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s first-floor lounge to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Participants of this event will include the Senior Class Poet contestants, other students and members of the Villanova University community who will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime.

Visiting Professor Daisy Fried, an award-winning poet who currently co-teaches the University’s Honors-English Literary Festival course, will also participate. And this event will feature the release party of Arthology, Villanova University’s art-literary magazine, which will be available to students for free.

This entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry is open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the English department and Falvey Library.

Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication Intern.

Image from r0bin_08 at photobucket.com


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Feedback Friday: The Last Page

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“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page

and feel as if you’ve lost a friend.”

-Paul Sweeney

Is this how you feel when you finish reading a great novel?  A popular trilogy? Your calculus textbook? Tell us about your recent encounter with a good book!



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New psychology encyclopedia online

Falvey has acquired the 2010 online edition of The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. The four-volume set covers articles from ABA and ABAB designs to Z-Score. This may be useful for background information on topics such as the brain, classroom behavior, coping behavior or positive psychology. The images may be enlarged by clicking on them. And the references at the end of an article often include sources published in the 2000s.   

(If you use an older browser, there may be a security message but just click ok and the message disappears.)


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Meet Our Digital Library Student Workers: Rebecca Creehan and Vanvi Trieu

Falvey’s Digital Library employs dedicated and hardworking students like Rebecca Creehan and Vanvi Trieu who provide assistance and direction to its patrons. The University Digital Library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars.

rebecca-final-blog1Rebecca Creehan, a first year student from Virginia, came to Villanova University because of the school’s outstanding nursing program and excellent NROTC unit.

Rebecca says she has always wanted to work in a library. She recalled, “I had no idea the Digital Library existed until I applied for jobs in the library and was called back for an interview in the Digital Library.”  Students who work with the Digital Library may also work in Special Collections, as Rebecca discovered. She fell in love with the job as soon as she walked into Special Collections and was surrounded by all the rare books.

Rebecca most enjoys being able to help patrons. Some of her duties include scanning old books and other documents and transcribing handwritten manuscripts, records and correspondence to make them more legible for research purposes. (more…)


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Wait, Wait, Don’t Torture Me….

Stanley Milgram’s infamous experiment, which tested the limits of obedience is back with a modern twist: Participants were made to believe that they were contestants in a TV game show playing “The Game of Death (Le jeu de la mort).” Christophe Nick, the producer of the documentary, and some of the duped contestants claim that the power of media contributed greatly to the unexpectedly high compliance rate of 80%, considerably higher than Milgram’s compliance rate. Read Robert Mackey’s article on the New York Times blog to find out more.

milgramFalvey has Obedience, the documentary of Migram’s original experiment as well as his book Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View. You may also be interested in a recent biography:  The man who shocked the world: the life and legacy of Stanley Milgram. We now have a new chapter to add to his biography.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have.

Watch the French original, LaZoneXtreme on YouTube.


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Women’s History Month: Civil War Women

judith-gedJudith Giesberg, Ph.D., associate professor in the history department, will discuss her new book, The Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front, at the final talk in the Scholarship@Villanova lecture series. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge. Dr. Giesberg will present the incredible story of women of color who bravely defied segregation by launching campaigns during the Civil War.

Dr. Giesberg’s book highlights how the war, though it brought much disruption to the North, educated black women on the importance of civil rights, particularly for black soldiers, and provided possibilities, opportunities and challenges for women and children on the home front.

This talk will illustrate the variety of experiences of women in the Civil War’s northern home front.  Whether they were white working-class draft-resisters, seamstresses or cartridge-formers employed at the federal arsenals, or wives and daughters of Philadelphia’s elite black activists, women sought to give the war meaning at home.

Dr Giesberg has taught at Villanova University for eight years. She teaches courses in Civil War and Reconstruction and the History of Childhood in the U.S. Copies of her book will be sold at the event.

This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is open to the public.

By Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication intern


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Digital Library adds 8,000th item

This third week of March 2010 marks a new milestone, the 8,000th item was added to the Digital Library. In April 2008 the Digital Library uploaded the 4,000th item, so in less than two years the collection size has doubled.

The 8,000th title is from the Joseph McGarrity Book Collection, it is a newly purchased book from 1911: Standing rules and regulations for the government and guidance of the Royal Irish Constabulary, the Irish police force prior to Irish independence. This is a wonderful read for any interested in the historical organization of police forces, crime, horses, and reading and social prohibitions.

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From page 272 of this work, Newspapers:

1203. Reading Unrestricted: Members of the Force are not restricted from the reading of such books or other publications as they may think fit, provided they are not offensive to morality, or loyalty, or subversive of discipline.

And from page 267, Mounted Men:

1178. Description. – Mounted Men are to be selected for their superior activity, general intelligence, and predilection for horses and the mounted service; and they are not to be dismounted without authority from the Inspector-General; they are not to be over twenty-six years of age, or five nine and a half inches in height; and are not to exceed 11 stone in weight.

The count of items in the entire Digital Library is updated as each item is added to the collection and is viewable.


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