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Burney database trial: 17th & 18th century newspapers full text

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Burney Collection Newspapers: 17th & 18th century

Explore the early history of the English newspaper. Learn about the English Civil War, the Restoration and 18th century political and cultural developments.

“The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press”, totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable in Gale Digital Collection.

Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others. When trying to print entire newspaper pages, you will need to tile them to make them legible given the differing paper size between newsprint and common office paper sizes.” (From the database description)

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Why is the Census important to universities?

census-bureauCensus data affect college tuition grant and loan programs.

Census data inform decisions about funding for critical services in your academic community, like transportation, public safety, medical care and road repairs.

Census data inform and support important research done by college faculty, students, librarians and community leaders.

Census data affect your voice in Congress, as well as the redistricting of state legislatures and local voting districts.

Census questionnaires are being delivered or mailed to residential addresses in March 2010. But parents should not include their children who live in on-campus housing. In April and May the Census Bureau will deliver individual census questionnaires to on-campus housing and will coordinate with Residence Life and Housing Staff to distribute and collect these questionnaires.

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Open Mic Poetry Reading on 4/8: Celebrate National Poetry Month

microphoneThe annual Open Mic Poetry Reading will take place on Thurs., April 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s first-floor lounge to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Participants of this event will include the Senior Class Poet contestants, other students and members of the Villanova University community who will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime.

Visiting Professor Daisy Fried, an award-winning poet who currently co-teaches the University’s Honors-English Literary Festival course, will also participate. And this event will feature the release party of Arthology, Villanova University’s art-literary magazine, which will be available to students for free.

This entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry is open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the English department and Falvey Library.

Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication Intern.

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Feedback Friday: The Last Page

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“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page

and feel as if you’ve lost a friend.”

-Paul Sweeney

Is this how you feel when you finish reading a great novel?  A popular trilogy? Your calculus textbook? Tell us about your recent encounter with a good book!


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New psychology encyclopedia online

Falvey has acquired the 2010 online edition of The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. The four-volume set covers articles from ABA and ABAB designs to Z-Score. This may be useful for background information on topics such as the brain, classroom behavior, coping behavior or positive psychology. The images may be enlarged by clicking on them. And the references at the end of an article often include sources published in the 2000s.   

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Meet Our Digital Library Student Workers: Rebecca Creehan and Vanvi Trieu

Falvey’s Digital Library employs dedicated and hardworking students like Rebecca Creehan and Vanvi Trieu who provide assistance and direction to its patrons. The University Digital Library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars.

rebecca-final-blog1Rebecca Creehan, a first year student from Virginia, came to Villanova University because of the school’s outstanding nursing program and excellent NROTC unit.

Rebecca says she has always wanted to work in a library. She recalled, “I had no idea the Digital Library existed until I applied for jobs in the library and was called back for an interview in the Digital Library.”  Students who work with the Digital Library may also work in Special Collections, as Rebecca discovered. She fell in love with the job as soon as she walked into Special Collections and was surrounded by all the rare books.

Rebecca most enjoys being able to help patrons. Some of her duties include scanning old books and other documents and transcribing handwritten manuscripts, records and correspondence to make them more legible for research purposes. (more…)

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Women’s History Month: Civil War Women

judith-gedJudith Giesberg, Ph.D., associate professor in the history department, will discuss her new book, The Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front, at the final talk in the Scholarship@Villanova lecture series. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge. Dr. Giesberg will present the incredible story of women of color who bravely defied segregation by launching campaigns during the Civil War.

Dr. Giesberg’s book highlights how the war, though it brought much disruption to the North, educated black women on the importance of civil rights, particularly for black soldiers, and provided possibilities, opportunities and challenges for women and children on the home front.

This talk will illustrate the variety of experiences of women in the Civil War’s northern home front.  Whether they were white working-class draft-resisters, seamstresses or cartridge-formers employed at the federal arsenals, or wives and daughters of Philadelphia’s elite black activists, women sought to give the war meaning at home.

Dr Giesberg has taught at Villanova University for eight years. She teaches courses in Civil War and Reconstruction and the History of Childhood in the U.S. Copies of her book will be sold at the event.

This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is open to the public.

By Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication intern

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“Twilight” raffle at Falvey benefits Haitian relief effort

twilight_saga“…..and so the lion fell in love with the lamb.”

Please make your way to Falvey Memorial Library and enter our Twilight basket drawing.  This movie night thriller contains both Twilight and New Moon, the latest DVD edition to the Twilight saga, as well as delicious movie night munchies.

Donations will be accepted through April 15, when the winner of the basket will be announced.  All proceeds will go to Catholic Relief Services for the Haitian relief effort.

For a sparkling evening of fangs, friendship and fun, please consider donating  $1.00 for a chance to win and to help those in need.

Together we can make a difference!

-Falvey Team (of the University Staff Council)

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Midterm Madness — Where to go for an assist?

basketballby Alice Bampton and Judy Olsen

Playing off basketball season’s March Madness, Falvey features “Midterm Madness” in the first floor window display, clearly directing you to helpful “regionals” like Interlibrary Loan and E-Z Borrow, “Scholarly Stuff at the Speed of Wikipedia,” Reference Desk, Library Info Services Desk, RefWorks and Other Amenities.

Created by Joanne Quinn, the cultural displays designer for the Events and Outreach team, each bracket contains clear, concise and useful information. In the center, “Playing the Zone Defense – Meet Your Liaison Librarian” provides the names, photographs and areas of expertise of those librarians who can direct you to appropriate information sources: Alfred Fry, Barbara Quintiliano, Linda Hauck, Bente Polites, Jackie Mirabile, Taras Ortynsky, Merrill Stein, Robin Bowles, Jutta Seibert, Darren Poley, Susan Ottignon, Judith Olsen and Dennis Lambert.

Framing the display are dark curtains decorated with those coveted game tickets and at the bottom of the window are numerous basketballs. Get an assist and make the grade.

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Falvey By the Numbers

Falvey by the Numbers?2008/2009 academic year

By Luisa Cywinski & Gerald Dierkes

Do library statistics tell us what you want from Falvey? Absolutely!

For instance, ever since Falvey Library purchased two Kindles last year, they have been in non-stop circulation. Based on that data, we’re planning to purchase more e-readers in the future. Do you want the Library to make these and other cutting-edge technologies available to our students? Which new technologies would you prefer?

One way the Library answers such questions is to gather statistics. Last year, for example, Falvey maintained 16 Dell laptop computers for you to borrow. Although Falvey’s laptop computers are for Library use only, they are capable of sending work to the Library’s public printers or to I-print. Last year Villanovans borrowed these computers well over 5,000 times, which is the reason we’ve expanded our pool of circulating laptops to include three MacBooks.

In addition to technological items, last year Villanovans borrowed 6,136 books from other libraries though E-ZBorrow and InterLibrary Loan. The E-Z Borrow system links 75 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia. If E-ZBorrow member libraries don’t have the book you need, try InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  Through ILL, you can borrow books from academic libraries across the country and even internationally-at no cost to you. Requesting books for your courses this way, instead of purchasing them, can save you a good deal of money.

We know that students use Falvey Library to study. Did you know that Villanova students used the Library’s group-study rooms 2,281 times last year, and they accessed the after-hours study lounge nearly 10,000 times?  When classes are canceled due to winter weather, as they were quite recently, Falvey’s study lounge, accessible 24 hours with a valid Wildcard, provides an alternative to studying in your dorm.

As the Library relies on statistics in determining the services we provide to you, we also depend on your comments, feedback and suggestions to help us better serve you. Tell us what you think on Falvey Library’s Facebook page.  It’s where we announce library events, post new service and resource updates, and hold timely discussions.

Or you can make a suggestion on the Library’s homepage.

Questions?  In person: Come to the Information Desk or consult the librarian on duty.  Online-you have several choices:

  • Submit your questions via email with the “Ask a Librarian” link (on Falvey’s homepage).
  • Click on the “Get Help” tab.
  • Some librarians have online chat sessions, which can be initiated from the Subject Guide pages.
  • For an immediate response, click on “Ask a Librarian: Live Chat.”

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Last Modified: March 10, 2010