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Soldiers in Print and Film: One Book Villanova at the Library

Craig Mullaney

In this year’s One Book Villanova selection, The Unforgiving Minute, Craig Mullaney provides an extensive reading list for a “soldier’s education.” Many of these books, as well as others about war and the military, are available in our collection. We’ve chosen a handful of books and DVDs to highlight, spanning centuries and conflicts, including memoir, poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

This small selection can be seen on display at the Library’s first floor entrance. It includes classics such as Shakespeare’s Henry V and Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, as well as a Vietnam War memoir from Villanova University’s own James J. Kirschke, entitled Not Going Home Alone.

Craig Mullaney visits Villanova University on Monday, Jan. 31. In addition to other campus appearances, he will sign books in the Falvey Memorial Library first floor lounge at 12:30 p.m. For a full roster of events, please see the One Book Villanova special events page.

The Unforgiving Minute is the story of Mullaney’s journey through — and education at — West Point, Ranger School, the University of Oxford, and finally, the battlegrounds of Afghanistan. Booklist called it “an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of his hard-earned knowledge while coming to grips with becoming a man.”

Mullaney currently serves as Senior Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He graduated second in his class from the United States Military Academy, and his military decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.


Coming Soon: New E-Z Borrow System

by Luisa Cywinski

Falvey Memorial Library will soon be moving to a new E-Z Borrow system.  The company providing the web service, Relais International, has worked with the PALCI consortium, of which Villanova University is a member, to develop a new application that will enhance the E-Z Borrow experience for users and staff alike.

The web interface, which allows patrons to search for materials held at other libraries, will allow advanced item searches, behaving more like a library catalog. Patrons can sort search results, refine their search for subject headings or authors, and, when the item is not available through E-Z Borrow, link directly to Interlibrary Loan or our local catalog, from which they may “Place a Hold.”

When we are ready to “go live,” more detailed instructions will be made available to library patrons.


Reaxys, Organic Chemistry Resource, Replaces Beilstein

By Alfred Fry, Science Librarian

Beilstein, an organic chemistry database, has been replaced by Reaxys.  Reaxys also contains content from Patent Chemistry and Gmelin, an inorganic and organometallic chemistry database. Reaxys can be found on the Databases A-Z page and on the Chemistry Subject Guide.

Search for substances or reactions in Reaxys.  If you have a compound or group of compounds that you regularly use, you can create your own templates and save them as icons in the structure editor toolbar.

Filter your results in many ways.  When searching for substances, you can filter by sub-structure, molecular weight, number of fragments, various physical and spectroscopic data, bioactivity and other limits.  When searching for reactions, you can limit by sub-structure, yield, reagent/catalyst, solvent, reaction type, number of steps and other filters. (more…)


Attention Political Science researchers!

by Merrill Stein and Kristyna Carroll

A trial of Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (WPSA) is available until Feb. 11, 2011.

WPSA is one of the premier databases in political science, covering many areas of study, including comparative politics, developing nations, electoral systems, environmental policy, labor relations, political psychology, and many more!

Hosted on the ProQuest platform, WPSA allows for simultaneous searching with other databases, such as PAIS International (CSA), ProQuest Newspapers, ProQuest Social Science Journals (ProQuest) or Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest). Advanced searching includes limiting by document type and language.  The WPSA trial also introduces ProQuest’s new Google-like interface, promoting a link to scholarly journals.

A in the citations will link to any journal subscriptions to which we provide access.

Several institutions that have had success with WPSA are the University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Dickinson College and Johns Hopkins University.


Now online: The Chronicle of Philanthropy — “Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs and ideas”

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is recognized as the premier trade publication for charitable fund raising. Interns consulting for nonprofits, students interested in starting a career in a charitable services organization and professionals with fund raising responsibilities will all find the Chronicle of Philanthropy a useful addition to their toolkit. Read more on Business Librarian Linda Hauck’s timely blog.



Last Modified: January 10, 2011