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The Library’s Business Research Team Relocates, Strengthening its Virtual Presence

The Bartley Business Information Office has closed, freeing up much needed space for faculty offices.  The Business Research Team has moved into Falvey Memorial Library’s new Learning Commons Research Center on Falvey’s second floor on a full time basis.

We expect this change to be a winning solution for all constituents. You can still chat with us or email us for immediate assistance. Business team librarians Linda Hauck, Merrill Stein and Dennis Lambert are at your service.

For more information, see the Business Reference blog.


Need Help? Tips for The Chicago Manual of Style

Historians and students and scholars in other disciplines implement The Chicago Manual of Style to cite resources used in their research papers. Find out how to cite a sample source in the notes and works cited list (bibliography). Falvey created an online tutorial demonstrating how to do this.

See the History and Political Science blog post for more information and helpful contacts.


SnapShot PA – Be Part of the Story

Oct. 3—See what’s happening and be seen at Falvey Memorial Library as we participate in SnapShot PA 2012. Be a part of our effort to represent in images, statistics and stories the library’s significance to our community.

SnapShot PA is an initiative to capture a day in the life of libraries across the state, sponsored by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and supported by the Pennsylvania Library Association. This crowd-sourced event was last held in 2009 when libraries of all stripes documented the front-and-center as well as behind-the-scenes work done in libraries, collected stories from users and took photos of people at work and play in libraries. Similar “SnapShot days” have been held in at least 35 states. SnapShot PA is a fun way to show your love for the library and help libraries demonstrate their worth! Come to the library on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to have your picture taken, or leave us a comment!


Need Help? “Finding Augustine in Falvey”

A fourth-century saint, a Catholic bishop of the North African city of Hippo, a Doctor of the Church, a biblical exegete, a philosophical thinker, an early Church Father and a writer of some of the most influential books in the history of Western civilization: Augustine is one person about whom every student at Villanova University, a Catholic and Augustinian community, will learn. But when students need to do library research on Saint Augustine of Hippo, where do they begin?

Question: How do I begin library research into Augustine?

Answer: You may want to contact the subject librarian for Theology and Religious Studies, Darren Poley. His office is Falvey 234,  phone 610-519-6371 or email darren.poley@villanova.edu.

Another first step is to think about what you are seeking. Are you looking for the writings of Saint Augustine in Latin or an English translation? Do you want books and articles about Augustine written by scholars? Do you just want to look up a short, authoritative reference article on an Augustine-related topic? Is your research centered on something specific to his life or place in history (Augustine as a Christian philosopher, for example)?

Question: Where can I find the writings of Saint Augustine in Latin or in English translation?

Answer: Augustine’s original writings, which are in Latin, can be read in print or online. The Corpus Christianorum Series Latina and the Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (CSEL) are series with critical editions of Latin texts. The “Patrologia Latina” series edited by Jacques-Paul Migne, which includes Augustine’s Latin works, is available in print (Falvey West stacks) and online.

Advanced researchers looking for an authoritative database of Augustine’s works in Latin should investigate the Corpus Augustinianum Gissense (CAG 2). The Past Masters database has most of his works that have been translated into English, as well as the complete works in Latin. The works in English in Past Masters are from the best series of translations in print: The works of Saint Augustine, a translation for the 21st century. Since most students are looking for English-language resources, Writings of Saint Augustine and the Ancient Christian Writers series are other good English translations of Augustine’s major works.

Question: How do I discover books and articles about Augustine written by scholars? (more…)


What do social networking sites and reality TV have in common?

Both are new entries in The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, the second edition of which is now available online. Ideally suited for undergraduate students, each article delivers a thorough description of its topic and concludes with a recommended reading list. You can also browse the table of contents to generate ideas for paper topics.

Jutta Seibert covers the new edition in her Philosophy topic blog: “The interested reader encounters a brave new world expressed in neologisms such as Savior Siblings, Genetic Exceptionalism, and Open Source Software, terminology which largely did not exist back in 1998.”


New Faculty Welcomed

Carol Weiss, Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) director, and her assistant, Ramona Kuczewski, planned the New Faculty Orientation program, part of which was held in Falvey Memorial Library. University Librarian and Director Joe Lucia welcomed faculty and introduced librarians and staff. Jutta Seibert, Academic Integration team leader, coordinated the Library’s portion of the orientation. Faculty were encouraged to sit in groups according to discipline for informal discussions with liaison librarians.

Lt. John Krewer, Lt. Timothy Rustico and Theodore Arapis










Patrick J. Okernick and Jutta Seibert









Sue Ottignon, Francois Massonnat and Salvatore Pappalardo













Where in the world are the books in Falvey West?

We had big “boots” to fill in Falvey West, and fill them we did. After we moved the journals in 2010, we had the shelving space thoroughly scrubbed and freshly painted. Still, some folks had trouble finding their way to Falvey West, so we mounted large signs on the Falvey first floor. As you enter the Library, head north (straight); then turn left (west) before you reach the Griffin room.

Falvey West (ground – 2nd floor) contains main stacks books with call numbers A – D. All other main stacks books are on the 3rd and 4th floors of the main library building.

Directional signs have been posted on each floor of Falvey West to help pioneering patrons get around. We’ve also added a computer to each floor for searching the catalog or trying our interactive map. Still have questions? Mosey on over to the front desk!

Graphic design by Joanne Quinn


Need expert help with your research project? Falvey’s librarians can help!

By Kimberley Bugg

Barbara Quintiliano, librarian, works with graduate student Bharath Chouta

Librarians are available to help with your research needs. You will find their offices located on the library second floor (Rooms 220-230) in the Research Center of the Learning Commons. You may contact them in a variety of ways: in-person, chat, phone and email.  Whether you are in the building or elsewhere, you can call a librarian at 610-519-4273 or email a librarian at ref@villanova.edu.



In Person: Much like faculty, librarians maintain office hours during the week and are available on Sundays.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 9am – 8pm

Thursday: 9am – 6pm

Friday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 2pm – 8pm

During office hours you can walk right into the Library and request to see the on call librarian immediately. You can also contact a subject librarian directly to set up an appointment.

Chat: Librarians are available by chat during office hours, as well as 8pm- 10pm on Mondays and on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm. Chatting with a librarian is easy: simply find the green dot at the bottom of the library website and open a chat box:

For more information, go to the Contact Us library web page.

Kimberley Bugg is the Information and Research Assistance team leader.



“Harry Potter” Out Loud

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication, Falvey Memorial Library will hold a marathon reading of every Potter book, read out loud, from cover-to-cover from 12 noon to 12 midnight Wednesdays in the first floor library lounge.

Raffle tickets for prizes! A costume contest with prizes! Refreshments and more prizes!

This semester-long event is a unique and fun opportunity to introduce new readers to the series and reunite our students with the characters that sparked their interest in reading. It is also a perfect opportunity for faculty members to introduce their students to both Falvey Memorial Library and the surprisingly deep philosophical and social themes of Rowling’s influential series.

This event is open to all members of the Villanova University community and their families.

Special events details:

-Raffle tickets will be given to every person who reads and every person who comes in full costume (robes, etc.) to each reading night.  The raffle drawing for a Kindle pre-loaded with all seven Harry Potter books will be held on December 5.

– A costume contest with prizes will be held on Halloween. The grand prize for the costume contest will be an iPod Shuffle.

– Refreshments and small prizes will be awarded each reading night.

Mark your calendars:

September: 12, 19, 26

October: 3, 24, 31

November: 7, 14, 28

December: 5

For more information please contact Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience & Humanities Librarian, Falvey Memorial Library at robert.leblanc@villanova.edu


Writing Center Workshop Schedule

The Villanova University Writing Center announces its schedule of

FALL 2012


 Tuesday, Sept. 11—Integrating Quotations

Monday, Sept. 17—The Debatable Thesis

Monday, Sept. 24—The Five Fatal Errors of Introductions

Tuesday, Oct. 2—The Power of Punctuation

Monday, Oct. 8—Trim the Fat: Make Your Writing Concise

Tuesday, Oct. 23—Sharpening Your Academic Voice

Thursday, Nov. 1—Crafting Your Personal Statement

Sunday, Nov. 4—The Art of Transitions

Tuesday, Nov. 13—Avoiding the Deadly Dumbbell: Pumping Up Your Body Paragraphs

Monday, Nov. 26—Who’s Afraid of the MLA?


All workshops are at 7:30 p.m in Room 210, the Writing Center, Learning Commons in Falvey, Falvey Memorial Library. Students receive a certificate of attendance and a handout for future reference.



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Last Modified: September 10, 2012