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WorldCat for Beginners: How to Search the Global Library

If I had to make a list of the five most important library research tools for historians, I would put WorldCat at the top of the list without a moment’s hesitation. While in the past, scholars were limited to local libraries, print bibliographies and the occasional visit to other libraries, today WorldCat provides them a gateway to the global print collection. WorldCat thus levels the playing field between the top-tiers research libraries and smaller libraries, such as Falvey Memorial Library. Our history students can discover and request basically all the published books on any given topic with the help of WorldCat. If they would only knew about WorldCat!

Remember the student who told you that there is nothing published about her topic? Did she know about and search WorldCat? Remember the student who told you that the library does not have any books about his topic? Did he know about interlibrary loan and how to request books from other libraries via WorldCat? The majority of history students are unfortunately not familiar with WorldCat, and the few who do know about it are often intimidated by some of its unnecessarily complicated search features.

Falvey’s 2012 Research Center Intern, Matt Ainslie, has put together a Brief Introduction to WorldCat, a short online video tutorial that will introduce your students to WorldCat. His Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style has been widely popular with our students. At last glance, it was viewed more than 1,200 times. Given the unexpected popularity of the Chicago Style tutorial, I would like to hear your ideas and suggestions for additional tutorials.


Faculty Publications Highlighted in Falvey's Community Bibliography


The Community Bibliography is a celebration of Villanova University community authors and scholars past, present and future.

According to the official Falvey Memorial Library website, the community bibliography takes the form of an “open repository of the entire published output of the Villanova University community. This extensive database offers a detailed view of our proud scholarly heritage, from our community’s historical publications of the 19th Century to the cutting edge research of today.”

You can access this collection by entering search terms in the box provided on the official bibliography access page or browsing  College or academic department.

To give you an idea of the scope of this collection, see the list below of 2012 faculty publications.

Arts and Sciences

Scott, Mark (2012). Journey Back to God: Origen on the Problem of Evil. New York: Oxford University Press.

NagyZekmi, Silvia, & Hollis, Karen (eds) (2012). Global academe: engaging intellectual discourse. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Barrett, David, & Holland, Max (2012). Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

Wieder, R. Kelman, Vile, Melanie, Scott, Kimberli, Brault, Erin, Harris, Michelle, & Mowbray, Stephen B. (2012). Disturbance and the peatland carbon sink in the Oil Sands Administrative Area. In Dale Vitt & Jagtar Bhatti (Eds.), Restoration and Reclamation of Boreal Ecosystems: Attaining Sustainable Development (pp. 13-22). New York: Cambridge University Press.

McCall, Timothy (2012). Pier Maria’s Legacy: (Il)legitimacy, Inheritance, and Rule of Parma’s Rossi Dynasty. In Katherine A. McIver (Ed.), Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy: Making the Invisible Visible through Art and Patronage (pp. 33-54). Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Barnett, Christopher (2012). Henri de Lubac: Locating Kierkegaard Amid the ‘Drama’ of Nietzschean Humanism. In Jon Stewart (Ed.), Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Volume 10, Tome III: Kierkegaard’s Influence on Theology – Catholic and Jewish Theology (pp. 97-110). Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Barnett, Christopher (2012). Erich Przywara: Catholicism’s Great Expositor of the ‘Mystery’ of Kierkegaard. In Jon Stewart (Ed.), Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources, Volume 10, Tome III: Kierkegaard’s Influence on Theology – Catholic and Jewish Theology (pp. 131-154). Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Hirschfeld, Mary (2012). Culture as the Locus for Economic Relation. In Daniel K. Finn (Ed.), The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate (pp. 69-71). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hirschfeld, Mary (2012). Expanding the Economic Paradigm of Development. In Daniel K. Finn (Ed.), The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate (pp. 94-97). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hirschfeld, Mary (2012). The Ambiguities of Accessible Language. In Daniel K. Finn (Ed.), The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate (pp. 116-117). New York: Oxford University Press.

Moreland, Anna Bonta, & Curran, James (eds.) (2012). New Voices in Catholic Theology. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Co.

Gentles-Peart, Kamille, & Hall, Maurice (eds.) (2012). Re-constructing Place and Space: Media, Culture, Discourse and the Constitution of Caribbean Diasporas. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Wilson, James Matthew (2012). The Fugitive and the Exile: Theodor W. Adorno, John Crowe Ransom, and The Kenyon Review. In John D. McIntyre (Ed.), Rereading the New Criticism (pp. 83-104). Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.

Hadley, Judith (2012). 2 Chronicles 32:30 and the water systems of pre-exilic Jerusalem. In Mark J. Boda (Ed.), Let us go up to Zion :  essays in honour of H.G.M. Williamson on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday (pp. 273-284). Leiden: Brill.

Giesburg, Judith (2012). Orphans and Indians: Pennsylvania’s Soldiers’ Orphan Schools and the Landscape of Postwar Childhood. In James Marten (Ed.), Children and Youth During the Civil War era (pp. 188-205). New York: New York University Press.

Godzieba, Anthony (2012). Quaestio Disputata: The Magisterium in an Age of Digital Reproduction. In Richard R. Gaillardetz (Ed.), When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today’s Church (pp. 140-153). Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier.

DeFina, Robert, & Hannon, Lance (2012). Cruel and Unusual: The True Costs of Our Prison System. In James A. Crone (Ed.), 15 Disturbing Things We Need to Know (pp. 83-92). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Schofield, Mary Anne (2012). Manning Coles: The Intermodernism Of Espionage Fiction. In Robert Lance Snyder (Ed.), Espionage Fiction: The Seduction of Clandestinity (pp. 55-72). Vashon Island, WA: Paradoxa.

Villanova School of Business

Avery, Derek R., McKay, Patrick F., & Roberson, Quinetta (2012). Managing Diversity Means Managing Differently: A Look at the Role of Racioethnicity in Perceptions of Organizational Support. In Jacqueline A-M. Coyle-Shapiro, Lynn M. Shore, and Lois E. Tetrick (Eds.), The Employee-Organization Relationship: Applications for the 21st Century (pp. 509-532). New York: Routledge.

Liberatore, Matthew, & Miller, Tan (2012). Supply chain planning: practical frameworks for superior performance. New York: Business Expert Press.

Doh, Jonathan, & Oetzel, Jennifer (2012). Reconceptualizing the MNE-Development Relationship: the Role of Complementary Resources. In Alain Verbeke & Hemant Merchant (Eds.), Handbook of Research on International Strategic Management (pp. 451-471). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Quinn, Dennis, Schindler, Martin, & Toyoda, A. Maria (2012). Measurements of Capital and Financial Current Account Openness. In Gerard Caprio (Ed.), The Evidence and Impact of Financial Globalization (pp. 15-34). Boston: Academic Press.

Kozup, John, Taylor, Charles R., Capella, Michael L., & Kees, Jeremy (2012). Sound Disclosures: Assessing When a Disclosure Is Worthwhile. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing: Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 313-322. doi: 10.1509/jppm.12.047


McCarthy, Leslie Myers, Park, Seri, & Mensching, David (2012). Development of a Warm Mix Asphalt Technology Evaluation Program (NCHRP 20-07/Task 311). AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways, Transportation Research Board.

Miller, Steven P., Dunlap, Brett I., & Fleischer, Amy S. (2012). Cation Coordination And Interstitial Oxygen Occupancy In Co-Doped Zirconia From First Principles. Solid State Ionics 227, 66-72.

Muske, Kenneth, Ashrafiuon, Hashem, Nersesov, Sergey, & Nikkhah, Mehdi (2012). Optimal Sliding Mode Cascade Control for Stabilization of Underactuated Nonlinear Systems. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control 134(2), 021020 (11 pages). http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4005367

Crawford, Robert, Nathan, Rungun, Wang, Liyun, & Wu, Qianhong (2012). Experimental Study On The Lift Generation Inside A Random Synthetic Porous Layer Under Rapid Compaction. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 36, 205-216. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2011.09.014

Caverly, Robert (2012). Microwave and RF p-i-n Diode Model for Time-Domain Simulation. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques 60(7), 2158-2164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMTT.2012.2195024


Perrin Ross, Amy, & Smeltzer, Suzanne (2012). “Nursing Management of the Patient with Multiple Sclerosis”. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, AANN and ARN Clinical Practice Guideline Series.

Sharts-Hopko, Nancy (2012). Health care reform: what does it mean for people living with HIV infection? Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23(2), 107-110. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2011.07.003

Capriotti, Theresa, & Sheerin, Sara (2012). HAART Medications: Clinical Implications for the Older Adult. The Clinical Advisor, 15(5), 23-29.

Mariani, Bette A. (2012). Our Ethical Responsibility in the Transition to Practice for New RNs. Pennsylvania Nurse, 67(2), 4-7.

Trout, Kimberly K., McGrath, Joanna, Flanagan, Jill, Costello, Marcia, & Frey, Jesse (2012). A Pilot Study to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Pregnant Latina Women. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health 3(1), 2-5. doi: 10.1177/2150131911414430




The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship


The annual Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. The fellowship has a stipend of $20,000. The stipend will be paid in two installments, the first on July 1 of the award year and the second on the next January 1, unless the Fellowship Committee orders the stipend withheld because the fellow has disregarded the purpose of the award as stated by the donor.

Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. The award is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa or to U.S. citizens.

Periodic progress reports from the fellow will be welcomed, and it is the hope of the Fellowship Committee that the results of the year of research will be printed in some form.  Sibley Fellowship Winners


New Study Space in Falvey Hall

The Falvey Hall foyer has been transformed from a 1960’s style library service space into a quiet, comfortable study space. Replete with “window” box seats, Celtic-style light fixtures, acoustical panels, and new furniture, it will provide an alternative to the main Library seating areas for those who want a whole new level of quiet study space.

In addition to the main lobby, the large reading room known for its two-story high ceiling and grand windows, will also be converted into a study space. Look for news about this space in a future blog.

These photos will give you an idea of what the Falvey Hall foyer looked like before and after the “facelift.”


Black & White Photograph Courtesy of Villanova University Archives; Color Photograph by Alice Bampton


Now in proofreading: What’s Your Hurry?

Following the recent completion of our Atchoo! project, we have unveiled another example of George Niblo’s vaudeville comedy for proofreading.  This time, the title is What’s Your Hurry? A Deck Full of Jokers.  As with past examples from the Street & Smith Humor Library, this book gives a glimpse of comedic tastes from over a century ago, and sometimes they aren’t pretty — be prepared for some offensive stereotypes in between the puns.

If you aren’t put off by the subject matter or the hard to read decorative font, you can help with the proofreading efforts at the project page.  To learn more about our proofreading efforts, see this earlier post.


Stephanie Liu, Student Employee of the Month, Earns Praise and Recognition

Stephanie Liu, a senior biology major from Allentown, Pa., is Falvey Memorial Library’s newest student employee of the month. Stephanie works for Scholarly Outreach; she has worked for Falvey since January 2010, her first year at Villanova. From 2010 until summer 2012 she worked for Access Services. Last summer she began working for Scholarly Outreach. She helps Gina Duffy, library events and program coordinator, with setting up for events but also has been working with Joanne Quinn, design specialist and member of the Scholarly Outreach team. Stephanie has created PowerPoint slideshows and helped mount exhibits for Quinn. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the job,” she says. When time permits, Stephanie aids Stephen Spatz, assistant Scholarly Outreach librarian and a research support librarian, with the Community Bibliography.

Stephanie has a minor in Chinese. She doesn’t have any definite career plans yet, but says, “I love art, design and dancing.”

The University Staff Council (USC) at Falvey selects a student employee of the month based upon nominations from the department supervisors of student employees. Gina Duffy, the supervisor who nominated Stephanie, says, “Stephanie is a great asset to the Scholarly Outreach team. Not only does she help us with Library event logistics, but she is also quick to take on new projects. Stephanie especially enjoys helping with tasks in which she can demonstrate her creative and artistic abilities, such as helping to mount our window displays. She is a pleasure to work with!”

Joanne Quinn says, “Though Stephanie is a biology major, she has a great eye for art. I trust her design sense and often rely on her to create components such as PowerPoint presentations or vignettes for our displays. She contributed greatly to our recent Emancipation Proclamation display, as well as October’s Hispanic Heritage display and the playful fictional road trip exhibit last summer. She will be hard to replace!”

Alice Bampton is a visual specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.


Le socialisme

Le socialisme (1/4): Jean Jaurès


25.02.2013 – 10:00 Ajouter à ma liste de lectureRecevoir l'émission sur mon mobile

Par Adèle Van Reeth

Réalisation : Lionel Quantin

Lectures : Gilles Trinque


Le changement demande de l’inspiration, la réforme, de l’imagination, la révolution, un certain goût pour l’utopie. Depuis sa naissance, au début du 19ème siècle, le socialisme, des grands maitre-rêveurs utopiques aux sociaux-démocrates tempérés, ne cesse  de se redéfinir par rapport à la nature et à l’ampleur du changement qu’il souhaite mettre en œuvre. Si toutes les écoles socialistes sont animées de cet élan pour transformer l’organisation sociale, comment faire tenir ensemble l’autonomie individuelle et l’unité sociale, surmonter la séparation entre société civile et société politique, concilier le matérialisme et le spiritualisme ? De l’idée aux faits, de l’idéologie aux mesures, du projet au concret, le socialisme se donne-t-il les moyens de répondre aux nécessités de changement qui sont le propre de la politique en général ?


Demain, Yvon Quiniou viendra s’interroger sur les différences entre marxisme et socialisme, mercredi, Juliette Grange vous présentera le projet utopique de Saint-Simon, et jeudi, Serge Audier proposera une nouvelle réflexion sur le socialisme en le confrontant à son soi-disant ennemi, le libéralisme.


Mais pour inaugurer en beauté et en règle cette semaine socialiste, j’ai le plaisir d’accueillir aujourd’hui l’historien Gilles Candar pour nous dresser le portrait nécessaire de Jean Jaurès.


Histoire du socialisme

Histoire du socialisme 1/4


25.02.2013 – 09:06 Ajouter à ma liste de lectureRecevoir l'émission sur mon mobile

Une nouveauté cette semaine puisque nous  la Fabrique et les Nouveaux chemins de la Connaissance se sont alliés pour traiter ensemble d’un même thème : le socialisme .

Jusqu’à jeudi les nouveaux chemins vont s’intéresser à de grands penseurs du socialisme ( Jaurès, Saint Simon ou Marx) tandis que nous-mêmes nous nous attacherons à décrire ce mouvement politique quand il est en prise avec le pouvoir.

Demain le documentaire de Séverine Liatard et Anne Fleury se souviendra que les élections municipales de 1977 furent marquées par la conquête socialiste de villes de l’Ouest, et de Rennes en particulier.

Mercredi nous nous demanderons comment les socialistes de la fin du XIX eme siècle trouvèrent leur place dans la République naissante.

Jeudi nous débattrons des positions socialistes sur la colonisation.

Et ce matin eh bien j’ai le plaisir de recevoir Françoise Gaspard. Françoise Gaspard qui fut élue  en 1977, à 31 ans maire de Dreux. Elle devint députée de l’Eure-et-Loire en 1981 avant d’abandonner progressivement la politique active dans les années 1990, alors qu’elle devenait maitresse de conférence à l’EHESS. Elle a été une des principales actrices de la la lutte pour la parité en politique. Et une des analystes les plus aigues du regard porté par  son mouvement politique sur la place des femmes en politique.

A 9 h 30, elle sera rejointe par son invitée, Janine Mossuz Lavau, politologue, directrice de recherches au CEVIPOF. Et auteur récente de “Pour qui nous prend on ?”  un livre sur les sottises de nos politiques qui fait, entre autres, le compte d’un certain sexisme politique à la française.

Invité(s) :
Françoise Gaspard, sociologue, maire socialiste de Dreux de 1977 à 1983 et députée d’Eure-et-Loir de 1981 à 1988.
Janine Mossuz-Lavau, directrice de recherche CNRS.

Thème(s) : HistoireParti Politique



eBook available: Catholic Colonization in Minnesota

One of our earliest proofreading projects has just been completed.  Catholic Colonization in Minnesota is now available for download or online reading through Project Gutenberg.  The book, released in 1879, is designed as a guide for Catholics interested in setting up farms in Minnesota.  While this is a rather narrow topic, the book contains a variety of interesting details.  It offers elaborate (though possibly biased) descriptions of the economic and agricultural conditions of the period.  Railroad historians may also appreciate the tables describing travel arrangements.  Machinery aficionados will likely enjoy the illustrations of farm equipment found in the advertising section.  If any of this sounds worth a look, you can find the book here.


Proofreading Project Gutenberg – Bolax: Imp or Angel-Which?

If you have ever read a classic book in an electronic format, especially if you didn’t have to pay for it, there’s a good chance you were enjoying the fruits of Project Gutenberg. Since the early 1970s, Project Gutenberg has been converting out-of-copyright texts into electronic formats and making them freely available. Since March of 2012, the Digital Library team has been contributing some of their digitized titles to Project Gutenberg. One of the latest of our books to be made available as a Project Gutenberg e-book is Bolax: Imp or Angel–Which? by Mrs. Josephine Culpeper. (We think the title alone would stir your curiosity.)

Previous titles we have featured and proofread are Atchoo!, How to Fence, The Brighton Boys in the Trenches and the list goes on.

Visit the Blue Electrode Blog to find out more about the Distributed Proofreaders Project and to follow Falvey’s participation in this project.

By Demian Katz, Laura Bang, and Luisa Cywinski


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Last Modified: February 25, 2013