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Falvey Favorites, Tags, and Lists

Have you ever wondered what those cute little hearts in the library’s catalog could do for you?  Did you notice that some catalog records are tagged? Favorites and tags can be used in different ways to organize books into lists for personal use or to share them with students and colleagues.  Here is a short overview of the functionality of these catalog features.

Tags are public, which means that everybody can see them in the online catalog. The creator of a tag does not control its use in the catalog. Others may add the same tag to other records. Take a look at the his8204 tag. Anybody can add the his8204 tag to a similar or a totally unrelated title. Records with the same tag can be retrieved with a tag search, one of the search options in the catalog. Simply type h into the search box. The new search prediction feature of the online catalog will list all existing tags with an initial h, among them his8204. Tags are a social bookmarking feature and are generally used for classification purposes. Each tag represents a piece of metadata contributed by the community. I used the his8204 tag to create a list of selected ancient sources in translation. Tags are great for students collaborating on a project. Just remember that you have no editorial control over the use of a tag. This also means that the community can contribute to your list and expand it.

Use the Favorites feature if you would like to retain editorial control over your lists. You can still share your lists with students and colleagues. Just remember that only public lists can be shared. Simply copy the URL of a list and post it online or distribute it via email. Ready to create a list? Click on Add to Favorites in the record of your first title. You will be prompted to log into your catalog account. You can choose to add titles to a new or to an already existing list. Lists can be edited and records can be enriched with personal notes and tags. Here are some examples:
Academic Writing
American Political History
Contemporary Popular Music

It is easy to create new lists and add tags in the online catalog. Give it a try. To access existing lists in your personal catalog account, simply click on My Account in the top right hand corner of the library’s Web site and log into Catalog Favorites, Tags & Lists.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you may have.

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New Content in Grove Art Online

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2011
  • Filed Under: Art History

By Alice Bampton

Oxford University Press, the publisher of Grove Art Online, the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, has made numerous updates as part of an on-going major commitment “to uphold [its] … relevance and scholarly integrity.” Among these changes are:
• updated bibliographies of more than 550 Italian Renaissance entries,
• the addition of new and revised essays and biographies about late 20th and early 21st century artists who include certain aspects of science in their art, included in the science and contemporary art, bio art, and science and art entries, (See, for example, Joseph Beuys, Critical Art Ensemble, or Stelarc.)
• access to new articles in the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art, such as Arthurian legends in medieval art, Bohun manuscripts, and female monasticism,
• access to new articles in the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Highlights from this work include Laylah Ali, Broadacre City, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and more.
Grove Art Online contains the full text of the 34-volume Grove Dictionary of Art (1996), with over 45,000 articles written by internationally famous scholars plus links to over 130,000 images. Coverage includes all types of visual arts from prehistory to contemporary from all parts of the world making it a core reference for art history. You can search topics by culture, civilization, period, style, artist and more; the database is extremely user friendly.

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ARTstor workshop – Friday, December 10

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: December 1, 2010
  • Filed Under: Art History

artstorWould you like to use ARTstor, but aren’t sure how to proceed? Are you already a user but want to brush up on your skills? Come to the ARTstor workshop in Falvey on Friday, December 10, at 2:30 pm. ARTstor offers various training modules and we would like to offer the two most popular ones chosen by potential users.

Please look at the following training modules and let us know which interest you on the sign up sheet.


Click here to sign up
for the workshop.

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Access World News

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: November 5, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

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Are you looking for the latest regional or international news?  Access World News includes a wide variety of local, national, and international news sources such as the Main Line Times, Le Monde (France) and the Irish Times.  Among the over 2,500 U.S. titles are major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well as well-known regional dailies such as the Philadelphia InquirerAccess World News includes close to 2,000 newspapers and news wires from all over the world.  The Library has access to this resource on a trial basis until the end of the fall semester.

Please note that the content of foreign language newspapers is only available in English language abstracts, but not as full text in the original language. Selected domestic titles such as the Wall Street Journal are ‘abstracts only’ as well. Click on the title of the news source to determine its coverage. Few titles will go back farther than 2000 and the coverage of some newspapers does not include current content.

Please feel free to get in touch with us, if you have any questions or comments .


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The Online Edition of the Library’s New Book Shelf

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: November 1, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

restorativeDid you know that the library’s catalog includes a New Items search feature, that makes it easy and convenient to browse the new books and films acquired for your department? You can use it to browse the new titles ordered in your field. Many of the titles ordered in the last thirty days are unavailable and have titles in all capital letters. These items are currently on order and have not yet arrived on the book shelf. Please note that these order records are short records and do not include call numbers or subject headings. Available catalog facets will only work for complete records with the exception of the format facet.

Click here to browse new sociology and criminal justice titles ordered in the last thirty days

Visit the New Items link on a regular basis and keep up to date with new purchases in your subject area. Feel free to contact me with any feedback and comments that you may have.

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The Online Edition of the Library’s New Books Shelf

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: November 1, 2010
  • Filed Under: Art History, History

futureDid you know that the library’s catalog includes a New Items search feature, that makes it easy and convenient to browse the new books and films acquired for your department?  You can use it to browse the new titles ordered in your field.  Many of the titles ordered in the last thirty days are unavailable and have titles in all capital letters.  These items are currently on order and have not yet arrived on the book shelf.  Please note that these order records are short records and do not include call numbers or subject headings.  Available catalog facets will only work for complete records with the exception of the format facet.

Click here to browse new history titles ordered in the last thirty days
Click here to browse new art history titles ordered in the last thirty days

Visit the New Items link on a regular basis and keep up to date with new purchases in your subject area.  Feel free to contact me with any feedback and comments that you may have.

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American Founding Era Digital Collections

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: October 25, 2010
  • Filed Under: History

AdamsLast year, Falvey acquired the digital edition of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson from the University of Virginia Press. These papers are part of the American Founding Era Collection, which contains the papers of other noteworthy figures of the early republic. Falvey has recently acquired access to three more of these collections: the Adams Papers, the Papers of George Washington, and the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution.

The Adams Papers Digital Edition brings together all volumes printed in the series to date, including John Adams’s complete diaries, selected legal papers, family correspondence, and state papers.

WashingtonThe Papers of George Washington Digital Edition consists of electronic editions of all 59 volumes that have appeared in print thus far. This collection includes the complete diaries as well as five series representing various stages of Washington’s life.

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution traces the evolution of the Constitution through each of the thirteen states’ conventions. The collection contains “copies of over 60,000 documents from well over 1,000 libraries” encompassing “convention and legislative records, private papers, and all newspapers, broadsides, and pamphlets … when relevant.”

ConstitutionAll editions are annotated and allow users to switch between the hierarchical print volume arrangements and a chronological arrangement. In addition, all collections are cross-searchable. The search page allows users to refine their search in many useful ways. You can search the text within the content or the notes (or both, of course), search for names, set date range limits, and specify which collection or collections to search within. Please note, however, that while you can search all collections in the American Founding Era Collection, the library only has access to Jefferson, Adams, Washington, and the Ratification collections. For more details and tips about searching these collections, see the help page.

The library also owns print editions of these works. Check the catalog for the Adams Papers, the Papers of George Washington (Colonial Series, Revolutionary War Series, Confederation Series, Presidential Series, Retirement Series), and the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch with us.

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Sociological Abstracts Tutorial

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: September 13, 2010
  • Filed Under: Sociology

The Sociological Abstracts database is a useful starting place for sociology research. The database covers a variety of sociology-related topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology from many journals and other periodicals.

To help you get started with searching this database and to demonstrate a few helpful tricks, I’ve created a short video tutorial about Sociological Abstracts. You can watch the video on the Social Problems Research Guide or on YouTube.

sociological abstracts

Please note that the layout of the Library website has changed slightly since I made the tutorial. Rather than clicking the “Research” tab to get to the database as shown in the video, you will need to click the “Guides” tab. The database itself is the same, so all other demonstrations are accurate.

Feel free to contact us with any further questions or comments that you may have.

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Goodbye and Hello

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The history/sociology liaison team lost one of its original members – David Burke, who will devote more time to resource management and the creation and organization of metadata in Falvey’s growing digital library.

Laura Bang, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland’s library science school, replaces David on the liaison team. Laura joined Falvey this past spring as a curatorial assistant in Special and Digital Collections. Originally from Santa Barbara (Ca.),  Laura received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Bryn Mawr College. Last summer, while in graduate school, Laura worked at the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Laura noted that the IYL is located in a fifteenth-century castle and that her work there was her “favorite experience in library school.”

Jutta Seibert, coordinator of Academic Integration, continues as team coordinator and Alice Bampton, Visual Resources librarian, remains on the team.

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200 years of U.S. History and Politics in Congressional Documents

serialset1Are you interested in U.S. history and politics? Have you worked with the Serial Set before or did you always shy away from using it because of the time and effort involved in tracking down documents included in this series?

Villanova faculty and students will have access to the full text of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and the American States Papers on a trial basis until October 11. The Library is evaluating the purchase of this valuable resource and we would like to include your opinions into the evaluation process.

The Serial Set goes back to the 15th Congress (1817). The online version currently on trial includes the years 1817 to 1994. It contains House and Senate documents as well as House and Senate reports. The documents cover a wide variety of topics and include reports of independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.
The American State Papers, 1789-1838 are part of the trial access.
Take a look, evaluate its value for faculty and student research projects and email your feedback to Jutta Seibert.

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