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Cold Spring Harbor Protocol: Trial Subscription

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Available until June 30, 2009
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Take advantage of Falvey’s trial subscription to the Cold Spring Harbor Protocols,a definitive, interactive source of new and classic research techniques. The database is fully searchable by keyword and subject, and it has many novel features—such as discussion forums and personal folders—made possible by online publication. Its coverage includes

    cell and molecular biology
    protein science

Protocols are presented step-by-step and edited in the style that has made Molecular Cloning, Antibodies, Cells and many other CSH manuals essential to the work of scientists worldwide. Protocols will be continuously expanded, updated, and annotated by the originators and users of the techniques.


Quick Tip: Links That Last


Falvey’s online catalog now provides permanent links to records for books and other materials. You can bookmark these web addresses (URLs), send them to a friend in an e-mail, or even copy and paste them into a bibliography. These links will always take you back to the same records.


Is citing your references bogging you down? RefWorks can save time… and save the day

Gathering citations for a paper? Good news! With RefWorks citation management software, correct documentation begins the moment you locate pertinent references in the library’s many databases. You no longer need worry about misspelling an author’s name or forgetting to record a date of publication, because RefWorks captures all essential data.

The plug-in Write-N-Cite then enables you to choose a documentation style, such as APA or MLA, create in-text references or footnotes and format your bibliography as you type your papers. No more last-minute flipping through style manuals!

Because RefWorks is web-based, you can access your research from any Internet-connected location. References can be organized into folders and retrieved later on by any term contained in the file. In addition, Falvey’s “Find it” icon is included, making it easy for students to locate the full text of journal articles. Finally, the RefShare feature facilitates group projects by letting students share their research.

Faculty can also take advantage of RefWorks to organize their research and can use RefShare to compile and e-mail lists of required readings to their students.

Want to get started? Access RefWorks from the Falvey home page by clicking the Databases A-Z link, the Help tab or simply use the search space for the library web site.

Your Villanova LDAP ID and password are required. Once logged in, create your own personal account. Then spend a little time getting familiar with RefWorks by viewing the tutorial.

RefWorks or EndNote? Because it is web based and intuitively designed, RefWorks is sure to be a favorite. However, Falvey will continue to support EndNote, another popular citation management package.

For more information, contact the appropriate library subject liaison team, Alfred Fry or Barbara Quintiliano. 

Adapted from the September 2008 article by Barbara Quintiliano


Chris Barr to head library online environment team

Chris BarrChristopher Barr, who had been the interface and design specialist for Falvey Memorial Library, has been appointed team leader and designer for the library online environment by Library Director Joe Lucia. David Lacey, library software development specialist, and Jiuning Zhong, a graduate assistant, also joined the new team. Chris and his team will work on VuFind and the development of new applications for the Library web.

Chris partnered with Andrew Nagy to develop VuFind which won a 2008 Mellon Award for Technology Cooperation.

With former Business Librarian Dan Overfield, Chris created Reference Radio, a weekly program on the University station, WXVU (89.1 FM). Reference Radio promoted information retrieval and research for students and also featured an eclectic collection of independent and underground music.

Chris serves on the Library’s publications and digital library teams and on the management policy group.

In 2007, Chris came to Falvey with a master of fine arts in media studies from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). While at UB, he worked in the university libraries’ Educational Technology Center. Before attending graduate school, Chris spent two years as an electronic media specialist with BlaineTurner Advertising, and, before that, was a graphic designer for West Virginia Virtual Environments Lab.

He is also an artist whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.


Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Headed? Professor Maps Past, Present and Future of the Human Life

AnthropologyCome along with Michael R. Zimmerman, M.D., Ph.D., on a trip through time and geographic space. The journey will begin with ape-like creatures that turned onto a unique road in eastern Africa some four to five million years ago and end with some predictions for the coming centuries and millennia.

Will we become half-human, half-computer? Will our brains become smaller as we turn over more intellectual and memory functions to computer chips? Will we follow the course of over 99% of all species and become extinct? Hear what Dr. Zimmerman has to say about these intriguing questions on Tue., Apr. 14, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Falvey’s first floor lounge.

Dr. Zimmerman’s research in paleopathology, the study of the evidence of disease in ancient remains, has resulted in numerous publications and speaking engagements. His work has also been seen on the History Channel and Fox News.

The presentation is part of the Fourth Annual Anthropology Lecture Series, “The Science of Humanity: Tongues, Stones, and Bones,” sponsored by Falvey.


Celebrating the Achievements of the Villanova Women Faculty

Window Shopping at Falvey

An exhibit in recognition of Women’s History Month, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Gender and Women’s Studies program, is currently in the large window display near the library entrance. Honoring Villanova University’s women faculty book authors, this colorful display was mounted by Joanne Quinn, a member of the Falvey Events and Outreach team, who also created the graphics.

The exhibit was organized by Lisa Sewell, Ph.D., and Seth Whidden, Ph.D., co-directors of the Gender and Women’s Studies program, and Elise Scioscia, a graduate assistant. (more…)


Russian Week 2009: The Arts of Russia, through March 27

Russian DollsAn exhibit honoring Russian Week 2009 fills two cases with various Russian arts, sacred and secular, visual and literary. Visit it this week on Falvey’s first floor.

There are a number of books on display, the oldest, Dioptra (The Looking Glass: A Reflection on Life), printed in 1787 in the Ukraine, loaned by Rev. Joseph Loya, O.S.A., Ph.D.

In addition to books, the glass cases hold a colorful alphabet chart and two groups of nesting dolls, one of political figures and one of women, loaned by Adele Lindenmeyr, Ph.D. Father Loya loaned a small brass folding icon display designed for traveling. (more…)


Get to know the poet — Juan Ramón Jiménez exhibit

When you enter the Library you will see two posters: a large hanging photograph of Juan Ramón Jiménez with “Aquel chopo de luz,” and, on an easel, a smaller poster which says “Get to know the poet” and “JUAN RAMÓN JIMÉNEZ, FOURTH FLOOR, FALVEY LIBRARY NOW THRU 3/31.”

To learn just who he is, you should go up to the fourth floor where a group of colorful paper lanterns direct you to the lounge area at the back of the building.

Here you will find a remarkable series of thirty-four large posters which trace the life of the Spanish poet who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1956. The first poster, the same as the one posted at the Falvey entrance, shows one of the numerous photographs included in this comprehensive documentation of his life and works. The inscription, “Aquel chopo de luz (That poplar tree of light),” is taken from Espacio (Space), one of Jiménez’s poems. (more…)


Feedback Friday: When numbers talk, we listen.

calculatorDid you know that over 3700 people used the library on December 10, 2008? Based on that data (and student requests), we have decided to offer late night hours the week before spring term final exams and the week of spring term final exams. Can you guess which date this spring will have the highest entrance count at Falvey?
Tell us in the Comments!


John Paul II and Benedict XVI: An Enduring Legacy

Brennan C. Pursell, Ph.D., will address the idea that Benedict XVI is a continuation of John Paul II, as many claim him to be. Although basically contemporary and presumably theologically in sync, can Benedict XVI and John Paul II be considered to be liberal and conservative simultaneously? Dr. Pursell discusses whether the reputation of being both at the same time suits Benedict XVI as it did for John Paul II, the people’s pope. (more…)


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