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Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures

Villanova faculty and students now have online access to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. The encyclopedia focuses on women and the civilizations and societies in which Islam has played an historic role. It is “an essential reference work for students and researchers in the fields of gender studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, as well as scholars of religion, history, politics, anthropology, geography and related disciplines.” Available through the library home page via E-Reference Resources A-Z.

For more information, see Jutta Seibert’s blog post.


Feedback Friday: Do we speak your language?


Knowing other languages empowers one to travel, to study abroad, or to interact more readily with people from other countries. Should we add new titles that would introduce you to the sight or sound of other languages? Or do we already have what you need?

Tell us in the Comments!

A sample of audio book publishers/producers:





OECD Statistics, Books & Periodicals

source_oecd_factbookIf you came to love the free beta SourceOECD with it’s fabulous access to international statistics, books and reports and mourned it’s loss when free access was terminated, have we got good news for you! Falvey Memorial Library has been able to subscribe to the full compliment of SourceOECD resources.

OECDStat (the statistical component) is an interactive database of comparable international data on everything from aid to welfare. Both OECD and non-OECD country data are often included. The time series data are customizable and downloadable to Excel or text files for statistical packages. This resource is ideal for students working on theses and faculty research with global comparative components.

Over two dozen periodicals published by the OECD are available in full text. Many of the articles in these periodicals are indexed elsewhere in article databases such as EconLit, ABI Inform, and PAIS International. Periodical titles are also discoverable from our catalog or E-Journals by Title.

All of the books and working papers published by the OECD since 1998 are also included in our subscription. Students of geography, public policy and economics will find a wealth of information and analysis here. OECD country studies cover everything from taxation to social issues, technology and industry. Stand alone comparitive studies on controversial topics such as health care delivery, migration policy, genetic testing, work and family life balance, educational finance policy, corporate social responsibility and urban redevelopment to name a few will be helpful for persuasive papers and presentations. The thousands of OECD books included in the collection can not be found in our catalog, there are only available via the SourceOECD database.

We’re hoping that this resource will become a favorite for freshmen and faculty alike. SourceOECD is available in it’s entirety via Databases A-Z, and select Subject pages. Let us know what you think!


Feedback Friday: Would you rather curl up with a Kindle, Sony e-reader, or a good book?


There’s quite a buzz about the new technology that allows people to download (and read) books and newspaper subscriptions on an electronic device no bigger than a composition book. Some are embracing the electronic book with open arms. Some aren’t. Where do you stand on the use of e-readers?

Tell us in the Comments!

(More about E Ink technology.)

(Photo courtesy of E Ink Corporation and Sony Corporation.)


See, Experience & Study Counseling Sessions

The Counseling and Therapy In Video database is now available. It is a searchable online collection of hours of video helpful for those in the fields of counseling, psychology, social work and psychotherapy. It includes counseling sessions and demonstrations which are produced specifically for educational training (actual, re-enacted, and scripted). The consultations and lectures by experts outline therapeutic approaches and issues affecting the mental health field. The teaching and discussion guides are downloadable. Among the different ways to search include client details such as age and gender, conditions and symptoms, therapeutic method and subjects such as divorce.

This guide to the database shows how to make clips on page 8 and how to create playlists on pages 9-10. Sample search topics are on page 13.


Robin Bowles Appointed Life and Health Sciences Librarian

Robin Bowles

Robin Bowles

Robin Bowles recently joined Falvey Memorial Library as a member of the Life Sciences/Nursing team. Robin has a master of science in library and information science from Drexel University where she specialized in medical and life sciences research and instruction. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in science and mathematics from West Chester University. 

Before coming to Villanova University, she worked at Colorado State University as the interim liaison librarian in biology and veterinary medicine. She has also held positions at the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library in reference and interlibrary loan, and at the Devereux Behavioral Healthcare Library (Villanova, Pa.) in serials management, assessment, interlibrary loan and document delivery. 

Robin, a native of the Philadelphia area, noted that her high school graduation was held here on campus in the Pavilion. 

Her hobbies are hiking, sewing, logic puzzles and attempting to master all of Google’s products and services.

 Robin said, “I’m very excited by the prospect of forging long-term relationships with people here at Villanova …and integrating new technology into the learning environment of the future.”

Article by Alice Bampton; Photograph by Laura Hutelmyer 



Feedback Friday: Change is good.

iced_teaIf you could change one thing about Falvey Library, what would you change? Over the years we’ve added a coffee shop, started a laptop loan program, and opened a 24-hour lounge. What else can we do to improve the library?

Tell us in the Comments!

(“There is nothing like looking if you want to find something.” — J. R. R. Tolkien)


CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online now accessible

Access to CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online, one of IPSAportal’s top 300 websites for political science, is now available.  Visit the library homepage, under Databases A-Z, or at http://www.library.villanova.edu/Research/Databases#C.

CIAO is a resource that aggregates dispersed content about theory and research in international affairs. CIAO includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, full-text journal articles and policy briefs, and teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.

Search results can be sorted by date and relevance. CIAO also supports advanced searching capability, provides links to international affairs Internet sources, and offers a monthly “focus” feature containing resources and links about a current topic in the news.  All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.

A brief user guide is available at http://www.ciaonet.org.ps2.villanova.edu/_media/CIAO_BrochureLetter.pdf.

A broad overview of CIAO content is available at http://www.ciaonet.org.ps2.villanova.edu/help.html.


Feedback Friday: Tolle Lege! Take up and read!

St. Augustine

Summer courses at Villanova include Arts, Sciences, Business, and Nursing. Many require textbooks while others include articles posted on WebCT. Have you come across any interesting articles that you’d like to share?

Tell us in the Comments!

(Falvey Library has many article databases that can assist you with research. Librarians too!)


Student Engineering Magazine from 1920s Now Online

The Owl, a student magazine published by Phi Kappa Pi, the Engineering honor society, highlighted student life and activities in the engineering community at Villanova College from 1925 to 1933. Recently added to the Digital Library, the volumes can be read online.  


For more information, please visit the Digital Library’s “Blue Electrode” blog entry by Michael Foight.



Last Modified: June 4, 2009