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Getty to Provide Free Access to the Bibliography of the History of Art

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: May 24, 2010
  • Filed Under: Art History

bhaThe Getty announced in April that it will provide free access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) from its Website. The Getty news release does not mention that interested scholars and students will search a static database without any indexing or abstracting of scholarly output published after 2009 unless new funding can be found in the near future.  A Biblio-File Brouhaha by Lee Rosenbaum, recently published in the Wall Street Journal, gives detailed information about the events that led to the termination of BHA.

As a result CSA no longer offers BHA as a subscription database and students and faculty have to make do without the convenient FindIt button that links to the Library’s holdings and interlibrary loan forms. The Library’s Databases A-Z list now links to the Getty Website for continued access. We hope that the new search interface hosted by the Getty will not prevent faculty and students from future use of this important research resource in art history.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.
Contributed by Alice Bampton.


Fall 2010 Library Research Workshops

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: May 17, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

falvey_doorwayThe spring semester is over and it is time to plan for the upcoming fall semester. Please contact me if you are interested in a library research workshop for one or more of your fall courses.

Some of you may feel that there simply isn’t enough time for a library research workshop, but you still expect your students to conduct library research. In this case an online research course guide with or without a quick in class introduction may be a practical alternative. Please take a look at some of the online course guides from previous semesters: art history, criminal justice, history, and sociology.

Last but not least, remember to order books and videos early, so that they will be available in the Library when you or your students need them.

Here is my contact information:
E-mail: jutta.seibert@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7876
Office: 1st floor, Falvey Library


Spotlight on Ancient History Online


Falvey patrons now have access to the online Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome which contains contributions from 500 authors. Entries cover the Bronze Age (3000 BCE) through the era of Emperor Justinian (600 CE). The Encyclopedia contains topical outlines on Rome and Greece, numerous illustrations, maps, and genealogical tables. Primary sources and annotated bibliographies of mostly English secondary titles are provided with the articles; most articles also include helpful cross-references. While the writers are usually authorities in their fields, their intended audiences are college students and educated laypersons.

Additional online resources in the field of ancient history:

  • Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
    Over 2,500 entries beginning with the first Olympic Games in 776 BCE and ending with the death of Marcus Aurelius (180 CE). The Dictionary “covers key aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life and literature…”
  • Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
    Authoritative survey of ancient Greek and Roman history.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
    The Encyclopedia focuses on dynastic Egypt, but also includes some earlier material. More than 250 scholars contributed over 600 articles accompanied by bibliographies.
  • Cambridge Ancient History
    Covers ancient history from prehistory to late antiquity (3000 B.C.-600 A.D.). All 14 volumes can be searched simultaneously, individual chapters can be bookmarked or downloaded and cited references can be tracked via OpenURL, which will link to the full text in Falvey’s holdings or pre-fill an interlibrary loan form.
  • Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c. 500 – 1492
    Written by a group of expert international Byzantine scholars, it “follow[s] the fortunes of the empire” chronologically from “The Earlier Empire c. 500 – c. 700” to “The Middle Empire c. 700 – 1204” and ends with “The Byzantine Lands in the Later Middle Ages 1204 – 1492.” These three parts are subdivided into chapters. Also included are a glossary, genealogical tables, lists of rulers, alternative place names, 52 maps and a bibliography.

Did you know that Oxford Reference Online includes time lines of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome? Each date and event listed on these time lines is linked to entries in relevant online Oxford reference titles.

All titles are all available through the Library catalog. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.
Contributed by Alice Bampton.


Spotlight on African American History

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: May 7, 2010
  • Filed Under: History

africanamericanA recent publication from the Oxford University Press is the Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to the Present (2009), edited by Paul Finkelman. This five-volume set follows the 3-volume Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619 to 1895 (published in 2006) and covers the “Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century,” including the 2008 presidential election. This set contains over 1,250 signed entries, with nearly equal division between biographies and topical entries.

The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2008, Macmillan/Gale), edited by John Hartwell Moore, contains nearly 400 articles in three volumes, with content contributed by experts on race, ethnicity, sociology, and other social sciences. The articles focus mainly on biographies and historical events. U.S. topics dominate the set, but there is also a good variety of global topics covered. Additional materials include an annotated filmography, excerpts from significant court cases, and the full text of influential civil rights speeches and other relevant material.

Other noteworthy reference titles in Falvey’s collection include:
African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience (2003, Scribner, print and online)
Encyclopedia of African American Culture & History, 2nd edition (2006, Macmillan, 5 vols., online)
Encyclopedia of African American History (2010, ABC-Clio, 3 vols., print)
Encyclopedia of African American Society (2007, Sage, online)
Encyclopedia of Black Studies (2005, Sage, online)
Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture (2008, ABC-Clio, 3 vols., online)
Oxford African American Studies Center: Falvey’s gateway to the African American National Biography

All titles are all available through the Library catalog. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.
Contributed by Laura Bang.


Spotlight on Native American History

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: May 6, 2010
  • Filed Under: History

indianpolicyFalvey recently acquired the online edition of the Encyclopedia of U.S. Indian Policy and Law. Edited by Paul Finkelman and Tim Garrison and published in 2009 by CQ Press, this encyclopedia examines the history and impact of U.S. relations with Native Americans. Entries cover many topics relating to U.S./Native American relations, from history, politics, and sociology to civil rights and culture. The first volume includes eight overview chapters over U.S. Indian policy starting with the Indian policy of the Continental Congress. Entries cover a wide variety of topics from The Census to Environment and Environmental Protection. All entries are signed and include recommended readings and cross-references. Maps, statistics and documents such as the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act from 1990 can be found in the appendices. The Quick Search feature can be used to locate keywords anywhere in the full text of the online encyclopedia.

Related online reference materials in the Falvey collection:
American Indian Culture: A survey Native American history from ancient times to the twentieth century edited by Carole Barrett and published by Salem Press in 2003. (2 vols.)
American Indian History: Edited by Carole Barrett and Harvey Markovitz and published in 2004 by Salem Press. (3 vols.)
American Indian Tribes: Edited by R. Rasmussen and published by Salem Press in 1995. (2 vols.)

Related print titles:
Chronology of Native North American History
Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country
Atlas of the North American Indian
Native America in the Twentieth Century
Biographical Dictionary of American Indian History to 1900

All of these titles can be found with the help of the Library’s catalog. Online titles are also listed on the e-reference history page and on the history subject guide.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have.


You asked for it: Region free universal DVD player now available at Falvey

dvdregionsFaculty and students in modern languages, history, and global studies occasionally need to watch DVDs coded for different regions and systems. While the Library has always endeavored to buy the requested films in a format that can be played on its public viewing stations, many of the titles are not produced for the mass market and not available for Region 1, the U.S.A. and Canada only. (Please click here for more information on DVD formats and region codes.)

Since faculty requested multi-region, multi-system DVD players for use in the Library in the recent faculty library survey, the Library recently outfitted one of its public viewing stations with such a DVD player.

Drop in and enjoy your movies. Headsets will be provided but popcorn is strictly B.Y.O.P. The viewing stations are located on the first floor.

The Library’s liaison librarians are ready to assist you with the purchase of foreign films for your classroom needs.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.



Last Modified: May 6, 2010