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Fall ’09 Library Research Workshops

falvey_doorwayIt’s that time of the year again:  The fall semester is right around the corner and everybody is scrambling to finish his or her syllabus.  Please contact me as early as possible if you plan to bring your class to the Library for a research workshop, even if it will be much later in the semester.  The Library’s classroom tends to get booked quickly.  I find that research workshops are most beneficial when they are scheduled after students have picked their paper topics.

There may be no room in your syllabus for a library workshop, but you feel that your students could definitely use some extra help.  A research course guide is a practical alternative.  Please take a look at some of the online course guides from previous semesters:  art history, criminal justice, history, and sociology. In the past I have often done both, research workshops and online course guides in lieu of handouts.

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


New campus-wide access to the Chronicle of Higher Education through Falvey

news.gifFalvey now offers the university community online access to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.” Widely valued for the timeliness and credibility of its news coverage, the Chronicle has won numerous awards for its coverage of political issues with impact on higher education. Popular features include the careers section with its job listings, annual salary surveys, and the scholarly productivity index, ranking 375 Ph.D. granting institutions. In addition, the online Chronicle offers exclusive daily news articles, podcasts and access to its digital archive dating back to 1995.

Because the site license includes off-campus access through LDAP (Villanova email ID and password) authentication, readers who already have a personal or departmental subscription may consider canceling it now. Those who still enjoy holding the print version of the Chronicle in their hands will find it on the periodical shelves on the first floor of the Library.  For quick, convenient access to the online Chronicle, bookmark the link found in the Library’s catalog.

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Locate primary English sources from past centuries in just a few seconds!

You can now use the Falvey online catalog to search for contents of

For instance, searches for eebo AND bible or eebo AND london AND maps in the online catalog will retrieve a large number of titles from the EEBO collection. Results can then be further refined by author, topic or genre. Each record contains a direct link to the full text of the work.

In addition, the EEBO search interface now makes it possible to search EEBO and ECCO simultaneously. At the top of the search screen, simply check off the box “Include records from ECCO in your search.” The ECCO titles will be identified with a green logo and include direct links to the documents. The ECCO search interface also offers convenient, reciprocal access to EEBO records.

For comprehensive full text searching of these documents, use the EEBO text creation partnership, which will eventually include 25,000 titles.


Magnum Photos Added to ARTstor

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2009
  • Filed Under: Art History, History

ARTstor has added 73,000 photographs from Magnum Photos, with another 7,000 to be added later. This new collection will provide access to high quality photographs taken from the late 1930s on, “covering industry, society and people, places of interest, politics, news events, disasters and conflict …” and reflecting the interests of the individual photographers as well as recording defining moments of contemporary history. These images can be used in a variety of disciplines: the arts, humanities, social sciences and others.
Magnum Photos was founded as a cooperative in 1947 by four photographers, among whom were Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, and Magnum still exists today, now owned by 80 photographers. Magnum photographers covered events such as the Spanish Civil War and World War II; they photographed in African, India, the Far East, behind the Iron Curtain, and in the United States.

For more information click here.

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