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The Highlighter: How to find articles from a well-established newspaper

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You need articles from a newspaper that’s existed for over a century. Are they available in print, in a database or somewhere else? This video shows how to access articles from a well-established newspaper.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/20)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


CAVE Information Session(s) for faculty from across campus. Q&A session with a tour of the facility led by Dr. Frank Klassner. Tuesdays throughout the semester from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 206. Questions? Contact: frank.klassner@villanova.edu


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu


STATE OF THE UNION FOR NEWS JUNKIES

Do you know who delivered the longest State of the Union address? Or the shortest? Brush up on this and other SOTU minutiae before President Obama’s address tonight on the American Presidency Project website.


SCI-FI AND FANTASY GEEKS, PREPARE!
Charlie Jane Anders of iO9 has a list of sixty (!) science fiction and fantasy novels that you should watch out for in 2015.


PICTURES, PICTURES EVERYWHERE

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Follow Falvey Library on Instagram for a fun assortment of people photos, quotes and whiteboard art!


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Today’s database: a powerful tool for research on MLK and African American and African History and Culture

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Falvey Memorial Library is fortunate to be able to provide access to hundreds of instructional databases for the Villanova Community. While the choices may be vast, each searchable collection presents a unique treasure trove of information. Today, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’d like to direct your attention to a uniquely browsable resource, the Oxford African American Studies Center. Touted as “the online authority on the African American Experience,” the Oxford AASC provides a wide array of primary source documents, educational resources and articles, and multimedia.

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The database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience, and the African American National Biography project (estimated at 8 volumes). In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford’s reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works.

Feel free to contact a librarian if you’d like further help exploring and utilizing any of Falvey Memorial Library’s databases.


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Foto Friday: In Quotes

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Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/16)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

THIS IS NEW!
Welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…
Department of Philosophy meeting in Room 204 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.


FRIENDLY REMINDER
The Library will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


PLAN TO ATTEND
The Center for Peace and Justice Education invites you to a talk by the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Villanova Room in the Connelly Center.


THE PRINTED BOOK LIVES ON
According to sales figures and trends, the physical book is a resilient warrior in the era of e-books after all–as if we ever had any doubts. Read the article on Financial Times. Villanova subscribes to Financial Times, so to access the article, click “sign up” on this pop-up and, well, sign up. Bam! Access granted.
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I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNEW THIS, BUT WE TWEET!
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Follow us on Twitter to easily keep track of library announcements, blog updates, interesting retweets, and totally charming banter.

 


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If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Procrastifun on the Internet Archive

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


It’s spring semester! Break was fantastic, right? Exactly what you needed? Me too. Among the hundreds of reasons recesses rule—Christmas cookies and sleeping in ranking first and second, of course—is using the Internet for procrastifun™ again and not having to feel guilty about it.

Internet_Archive_logo_and_wordmarkHave you ever visited the Internet Archive? Be careful you don’t get lost forever. I’ve used the archive for a few classes so far, once to find really obscure scans of a folklore journal from the 1800s, and very frequently to listen to the Ulysses audiobook (Dear Ulysses audiobook, you are the real MVP of last semester, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, you darling, sweet child).

But I’m starting to use it for fun—admittedly when I should probably be doing other things—because so much is archived on this site and it blows my mind. Their tagline, “Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more,” is an undersell.

The archive got a lot of attention in tech and gaming circles recently for hosting an archive of MS-DOS games (they also host libraries of classic arcade and console games). I just revisited the classic Aladdin game and while I failed miserably, I failed in a nice, nostalgic way. Lemmings is next on the list—or maybe Oregon Trail.

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I also browsed a collection of sheet music and found a user-uploaded Avatar (The Last Airbender, not the blue cat people) medley, a whole medley—not a preview—for free use. Looks like I’m going to have to brush up on piano again.

I’d say if you’re not looking for anything in particular, scroll to the “Top Collections at the Archive” at the bottom of the homepage and just poke around. Today, my poking around has led me to a collection of video game speedruns. And, oh no, my weakness: live music performances.

The coolest part of this choice of procrastifun is you might easily stumble upon something really useful for research. Honestly, if you’re going to procrastinate on schoolwork, you might as well put yourself in the same general region of actual research, right? It’s a big step up from the Robot Unicorn Attack tournaments I had on Facebook as an undergrad, right?

… I’ll keep telling myself that.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/15)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

THIS IS NEW!
Welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


TODAY’S SHAMELESS SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG

Looking for new books to read this year? Sarah Wingo has got you covered with this link to Flavorwire. Follow us on Facebook for library news, events, items of interest, and the occasional bit of trivia from other sources.
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INCIDENTALLY…

Did you catch the Pew Research report released this week that once again crowns Facebook as the #1 most used social media site in the US? You’ll see that its growth is quite flat, however, when compared to other platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, which are growing at a much faster percentage. We wonder, what’s the next big thing? Which are your go-to platforms? Don’t forget, you’ll find a Falvey Memorial Account on just about all your favorites.


A CASE AGAINST E-READERS

Have you ever stopped to order boots or check your Facebook status in the middle of an exciting novel? If so, then we bet you were reading it on an e-reader. Is it too easy to jump ship and multitask instead of concentrating on the great books? Naomi S. Baron of the Washington Post thinks so.


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/14)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

THIS IS NEW!
Welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


DID YOU KNOW…
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Did you know? The E-ZBorrow service allows you to borrow books from other academic libraries in the tri-State area and has an average turnaround of 4-5 days. The loan period is six weeks with the option of one six-week renewal.


SPOTIFY HITS 60M USERS

Did you hear the announcement from Spotify that it has reached 60 million users? Do you use it? What songs would you place on a playlist for the beginning of a new semester? Send your suggestions to socialmedia@villanova.edu and we’ll pull them together into a playlist!


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Do you follow the library on YouTube? We have a great array of Falvey-produced videos old and new that are instructional and entertaining. Newcomers to the channel are archival copies of Gerald Dierkes’ Highlighter videos, which debuted last semester, featuring helpful insider tips on getting the most out of the library’s resources. View and rewind to your heart’s content!


LIBRARIES TO CELEBRATE MLK DAY

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To honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, The New York Public Library is participating in a citywide initiative to allow 27,000 7th, 8th, and 9th graders to see the film Selma for free. A team of expert NYPL librarians have also put together a list of recommended books about Dr. King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement to help continue the conversation beyond the film.


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


 

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The Highlighter: Falvey Resources Help You Accomplish New Year’s Resolutions

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Is developing your public-speaking skills among your New Year’s resolutions? This video shows how to access Falvey resources and also a University resource to help you develop your public speaking and leadership skills.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/13)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

THIS IS NEW!
Welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


Neologisms for 2015

Has your latest textruption left you so intexticated that your reputation as a keyboard warrior is beginning to notch down?

Whether you’re a logophile or a trendy, find the deets for the latest neologisms in the Oxford English Dictionary, available on Falvey’s site. Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary, available on the web, is also a fun source of newly coined words and expressions.


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SHOUT OUT TO 2014-15 ONE BOOK VILLANOVA AUTHOR
Best wishes and congratulations to Wes Moore (@WesMoore1), author of this year’s One Book Villanova selection, The Other Wes Moore. Moore’s new book, The Work, drops today. Good wishes and sales to this inspirational Army combat veteran and youth advocate! http://www.randomhouse.com/book/220296/the-work-by-wes-moore


LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICE NEWS
Hot off the presses: “The Fresh Start Workshop”: 30-minute workshop /series kick-off, online @ 8pm on Thursday, January 22. More information to come! Follow LSS on Facebook for more info.


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


 

 

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