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Posting Your Thesis to ProQuest Just Got Easier with New Topic Guide

Many graduate students completing theses and dissertations at Villanova are required to post them to Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest). Posting your thesis gives scholars all over the world access to your work. Because your thesis becomes fully searchable, students and researchers are able to benefit from the work you put into your project.

But before you sit down to submit your thesis to ProQuest, there are a few things you’ll need to get ready. We’ve prepared this topic guide to help you.











Need Help? Bible Research Questions Answered

By Darren G. Poley, librarian liaison and faculty member, Theology & Religious Studies

Question: What translation of the Bible into English should I use?

Answer: The Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible (Call number BS191.A1) is the one used in the Theology 1000 courses. Other popular ones are The Catholic Study Bible which uses the New American Bible translation (Call number BS192.3.A1 1991 N4 1991), and The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books in either the revised standard version or the new revised standard version edition. For more information about Bible translations see the Research Guide on “Finding a Bible in the Library.”

Question: Where can I find information about the Bible in the Library?

Answer: Many good introductions are in the Falvey West stacks. Works about the Old Testament in general are in the call number range BS1110-BS1199, and similar works on the New Testament can be found BS2280-BS2545.

Searching Falvey’s catalog entering either “Bible OT” or “Bible NT” as a Subject is one way to start. Use the sort feature and the facets on the right to limit your search results. You may also find searching the online version of Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts helpful for discovering journal articles.





Question: How do I discover bible commentaries in the Library?

Answer: There some very good one volume commentaries. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (Call number BS491.2.N485), as well as The Collegeville Bible commentary: Based on the New American Bible, and The international Bible commentary: a Catholic and ecumenical commentary for the twenty-first century are all very good places to start. There are also some very good multi-volume sets. The New Interpreter’s Bible with general articles, introductions, commentary and reflections for each book of the Bible including the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books in twelve volumes (Call number BS491.2 .N484 1994) uses the new revised standard version translation. The Anchor Bible series (Call number BS192.2.A1 1964), now published as the Anchor Yale Bible commentaries, uses the commentator’s own translation of the biblical texts. Visit the Bible topic guide on the library website for more help: “Finding Books About the Bible.” (more…)


New Fiction and Graphic Novels—Available for Spring Break

By Gerald Dierkes

Looking for something new to read over spring break, maybe a comedy? The library catalog offers so many award-winning titles of contemporary fiction, you may have trouble deciding.

The “Google Preview” link , now appearing in many books’ catalog records, can help you decide. This new feature connects you to a summary, reviews and other useful information about a particular book.


Damned: Life Is Short, Death Is Forever by Chuck Palahniuk

Wise Children by Angela Carter

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Historical fiction:

In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez

The Green Corn Rebellion by William Cunningham

Panorama by H. G. Adler

The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason

Stories set in the United States:

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward

Stories set in other countries:

Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith

Solace by Belinda McKeon

Coming-of-age novels:

Spidertown by Abraham Rodriguez

Dragon Chica by May-Lee Chai


Oil on Water by Helon Habila

Science fiction:

Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin

Novels that defy categories (!):

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

Zone One by Colson Whitehead (more…)


Falvey creates Speakers’ Corner and two other new event spaces

By Jeffrey Eisenberg

The newly opened first floor area known as Speakers’ Corner will host much of Falvey’s programming, replacing the 24/7 Holy Grounds lounge as the Library’s primary event venue.

“We are very excited about having a dedicated space for events, given the number that we host throughout the year,” said Darren Poley, Outreach librarian.

Falvey inaugurated the new Speakers’ Corner area on Thursday, Feb. 9 with an Irish Studies event featuring poet Daniel Tobin. This year’s One Book Villanova author, Jamie Ford, also signed books and engaged students in discussion in the Speaker’s Corner during his Jan. 31 visit to campus.

Speakers’ Corner is one of three new event spaces in Falvey. Rooms 204 and 205, located in the new second floor Learning Commons, are also available for events. Room 204 has already hosted this semester’s first Scholarship@Villanova lecture as well as two installments in the continuing New York Times video conference series.

When Speakers’ Corner is not host to lectures or other events, it is open as an additional lounge area. It is home to dozens of new lounge chairs,  study tables and the current journals and newspapers.

Photo by Joanne Quinn


Celebrate 100 Years of The Villanovan, Now Online

The Villanova University Digital Library will celebrate the recent digitization of The Villanovan, from its inception in 1893, and invites you to join us in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner, on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1:00 p.m.

At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to view 100 years of Villanova’s student newspaper in its new online home and share Villanovan war stories with current and past editors and student writers. The Rev. Peter Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 A&S, president of Villanova University, will also be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

The event will include a welcome by Fr. Peter Donohue, a tour of the collection and overview of the digitization project by Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator Michael Foight, a walk through the technical process of transforming the paper into a searchable online format, and will conclude with a panel discussion by Villanovan alumni Marianne Lavelle, Larry Goanos and Kate Szumanski.

Previously, the Blue Electrode celebrated an issue of The Villanovan as the landmark 10,000th item to be added to the Digital Library, and explored historical advertisements from the newspaper’s pages.


Juan Felipe Herrera, award-winning poet, on Feb. 21

by Afton Woodward

Poet Juan Felipe Herrera will give a reading at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Falvey Memorial Library first floor Speakers’ Corner. The reading, which is open to the public, will be followed by a Q&A session.

Herrera is the son of migrant farm workers and was raised in the San Joaquin Valley. He attended UCLA, Stanford and the University of Iowa and has been an activist, teatrista, photographer and poet; he led the first formal Chicano trek to Mexican Indian endangered cultures.

He has published several volumes of poetry, prose, children’s books and young adult novels. Among his honors are two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

His poetry collection Half of the World in Light won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the 2009 PEN/Beyond Margins Award. His collection 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007 earned the 2008 PEN West award. He is currently the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of California–Riverside.


Malcolm X, Black NFL coaches, African American writers in mid-20th century: Check out these new books for Black History Month

Here are some new books and suggestions for further reading to help commemorate Black History Month.

Malcolm X : a life of reinvention / by Manning Marable  (Penguin 2012)

Choice Reviews excerpt: “Columbia University professor Marable died shortly before the publication of his marvelous biography of Malcolm X. Since Malcolm’s assassination in 1965 by followers of Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam, Malcolm has been best known through his autobiography (written with Alex Haley), published shortly after his death. Nearly a half-century later, Marable has written a compelling reinterpretation of Malcolm’s life, answering questions raised by the autobiography. … Malcolm was one of a handful of the most important African Americans in the 20th century, and perhaps the least understood. This book is unrivaled among interpretations of a complicated man and his monumental impact.” Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

Publisher’s Weekly excerpt: “Marable deftly follows the same narrative path as did Haley’s autobiography, but filling in the gaps and fine-tuning the exaggerations of that best-selling volume. Combing through FBI and NYPD files, gathering Nation of Islam interviews, and fleshing out Malcolm’s post-NOI activities abroad, Marable succeeds spectacularly in painting a broader and more complex portrait of a man constantly in search of himself and his place in America. © Copyright PW, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find more biographies about Black American civil rights workers, search African American civil rights workers – Biography



Advancing the ball : race, reformation, and the quest for equal coaching opportunity in the NFL by N. Jeremi Duru  (Oxford UP 2011)

Choice Reviews excerpt : “That one of the two 2011 Super Bowl teams was led by an African American head coach seemed unremarkable. But as Duru (Law, Temple Univ.) points out, it was remarkable–and a recent development in professional football. Duru tells the story of a handful of lawyers, activists, and former NFL insiders who challenged hiring practices in the NFL, an “old boy” white power structure that treated African American players as commodities but denied African Americans leadership positions. In 2003 the NFL adopted the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates when hiring head coaches. The rule traces back to activist Cleveland Browns player John Wooten, who joined civil rights attorneys in mobilizing NFL African American assistant coaches to call attention to NLF racial discrimination.” Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

For more books on race relations in sports, search Discrimination in Sports – United States- History

Click National Football League for more books on professional football.


The indignant generation : a narrative history of African American writers and critics, 1934-1960 by Lawrence P. Jackson (Princeton UP 2011)

Choice Reviews excerpt : “The title of this ambitious study comes from Ralph Ellison’s praise of Richard Wright’s character Bigger Thomas in Native Son. An “indignant consciousness” led many mid-20th-century black writers and intellectuals to try to transform “their indignation at Jim Crow to manufacture … strata of artworks that secured and pronounced a new era of psychological freedom for African Americans.” …The author organizes the study chronologically–1934 is when Richard Wright first became noticed and 1960 marks the rise of more strident writers–and takes the reader mainly to Washington, DC, New York, and Chicago. Rich with photos and well written, the book merits praise for the deserved attention it brings to the rise of African American criticism and intellectualism and to the many important people who figured in the rise of better-known novelists.” Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.

Publisher’s Weekly excerpt: “Jackson’s book is news: he connects the writers (the common focus of literary history) to publishers, editors, periodicals, organizations; he links African-American writers to the “significant African American intellectual class teaching at black colleges.” A near census of black writers and thinkers, Jackson’s integrated account of a segregated world places white figures (e.g., Bucklin Moon, Lillian Smith, Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac) on the map as well.” (c) Copyright PW, LLC. All rights reserved.

For further reading on this topic, search African Americans – Intellectual life – 20th century



Library Catalog Features — Journal articles, Google Preview, new books search, lists of favorites, text and cite

Read Jutta Seibert’s blog on library catalog features. It includes …

  • Searching the Library Catalog will retrieve journal articles, book reviews and dissertations besides the traditional catalog fare of books
  • Library catalog book records with the Google Preview icon enable you to read excerpts of books and also retrieve more books with key word searches
  • Find new books and movies in the library’s collection
  • Set up annotated reading or movie lists in the catalog and share them with students and colleagues
  • Use the Text this icon to text records and call numbers to yourself or others.  Cite this will generate instant citations in MLA and APA styles.


‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ Located in Falvey Display

By Alice Bampton

To publicize the 2011-2012 One Book Villanova Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet events, Falvey graphic designer Joanne Quinn filled the first-floor cultural window with paper parasols, Japanese lanterns, books, Bitter and Sweet street signs and a slide show of historic photographs.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is “a work of fiction” although “many of the events … did occur as described,” according to author Jamie Ford.

The novel deals with past and present as seen through the eyes of Henry Lee, a Chinese-American. During World War II, Lee was twelve years old when his close Japanese-American friend, Keiko, the only other Asian in their school, was among those relocated to internment camps.

In addition to a collection of library books that deal with the World War II Japanese American incarceration, a digital picture frame with a fascinating slide show of black and white photographs illustrates events of the period. The books are available for interested readers.

The street signs represent the fictional but appropriate address of the Panama Hotel, a real Seattle hotel located on South Main Street.

Large paper parasols on the left and right sides of the window refer visually to a passage at the beginning of the novel in which the Panama Hotel’s new owner discovers possessions, long stored in the basement, belonging to the Japanese-American families who were taken from Seattle to  internment camps.

A large placard explains the One Book Villanova concept and provides a brief synopsis of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Joe Lucia, University librarian; Terry Nance, PhD, assistant vice president for Multicultural Affairs; and Thomas Mogan, director of the Office of Student Development, are the 2011-2012 co-chairs of the One Book Villanova committee.

One Book Villanova began in the 2005-2006 academic year as the result of a conversation between Lucia and Dr. Nance. They believed that “books and ideas matter” and that a “one book” program would provide students with opportunities for discussion “about the pressing issues and questions of our time.” Others joined them in the development of the program. Previous One Book Villanova selections have been The Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney, Rooftops of Tehran by Mehbod Seraji, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Left to Tell by Imaculée Illbagiza, Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson and The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini.

Photo by Alice Bampton



Vanvi Trieu, Student Employee of the Month

by Alice Bampton

Phylis Wright, manager of access desk services, announced that Vanvi Trieu was selected as student employee of the month for January, 2012.

Wright said, “Vanvi is a senior this year and he has worked for the Digital Library since he was a freshman. … Although he is quite busy as an engineering student, he has always made time to work a few hours a week for us because he enjoys the job. In addition to scanning, Vanvi also assists Bente [Polites, Special Collections librarian,] with Special Collections tasks.”

Laura Bang, the Special and Digital Collections curatorial assistant who supervises Vanvi in the Digital Library, commented, “Vanvi is a careful and efficient student worker (very important for the fragile materials we deal with) and a friendly person. He is a pleasure to work with!”

Vanvi, a senior civil engineering major from Philadelphia, has tutored underclassmen and volunteered for events hosted by the Campus Activities Team. He enjoys a variety of hobbies: making/editing videos, “PhotoShopping” pictures, creating paper craft art and modifying or making iconic items from video games.

He says, “I think being an engineering student changed my biological clock and turned me into a nocturnal person. …[N]othing beats having a full course of ‘breakfast’ with lots of bacon as a midnight meal.”

Look for the caricature of Vanvi created by Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s design specialist, to be displayed on the pillar behind the main service desk.


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Last Modified: February 6, 2012