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Access a New, Powerful New Database for Theology and Religious Studies

Falvey now subscribes to Index Religiosus (IR), the new online international reference bibliography from KU Leuven, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, and Brepols Publishers that indexes a vast array of academic publications in the areas of theology, religious studies, Bible, liturgy, archaeology, canon law, and Church history.

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It includes publications, written in various European languages, on subjects ranging from ancient thought and society to contemporary systemic theology, ethics and culture. It has a wide geographic and ecumenical range, and incorporates the Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique (RHE) and the Elenchus Bibliographicus (EB), which are no longer published as separate bibliographies in print. IR gives the researcher the ability to limit a search to either of these two previously mentioned bibliographies, as well as making available to a user combined simple and advanced searching. It even features an email alert system for staying informed of new content.

A welcome newcomer to the databases offered by the Library, Index Religiosus already contains more than a half a million citations, and the number of fully searchable bibliographic records continues to grow. The content of more than one thousand scholarly journals is systematically checked so that references can be regularly added to IR. It covers the following publications, just to name a few:

Acta Apostolicae Sedis
Analecta augustiniana
Ancient Philosophy
Augustinian Studies
Augustiniana
Augustinianum
Augustinus
Biblical Archaeology Review
Biblical Theology Bulletin
Bibliotheca sacra
Bioethics
Bulletin for Biblical Research
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Diakonia
Ecclesia Orans
Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses
Estudio Agustiniano
Foi et vie
Geist und Leben
International Journal of Systematic Theology
Journal of Early Christian Studies
Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Journal of Ecumenical Studies
Kerygma und Dogma
Logos
Near Eastern Archaeology
Recherches Augustiniennes et Patristiques
Revista Agustiniana
Revue d’éthique et de théologie morale
Revue d’Études Augustiniennes et Patristiques
Studia Theologica
Studia liturgica
Studia Missionalia
Studia Moralia
Theological Studies
Theologie und Glaube
Theologie und Philosophie
Theologische Literaturzeitung
Theology and Science
Theology Digest
Theology Today
Una sancta
Vigiliae christianae and
Voices from the Third World.

One can search the active list of periodicals in the database by clicking the coverage tab, once in the user interface for Index Religiosus.

Falvey’s access to IR strengthens a user’s ability to do library research and is, therefore, listed under core databases on the theology and religious studies subject guide. Other online resources from Brepols Publishers that Falvey subscribes to include a multidisciplinary bibliography of Europe, North Africa and the Near East (300-1500), The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), and the Vetus Latina database of the digitized catalog of comprehensive patristic records related to the Old Latin translation of the Bible from the Vetus Latina Institute.


darren_edArticle by Darren Poley, the theology subject specialist, scholarly outreach librarian, and curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute. 

 


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Now through March 27, Peruse the Bloomsbury Collection

evUntil March 27 the library has a trial subscription to Bloomsbury Collections. This is a collection of e-books from Bloomsbury Publishing, which incorporates the previous Continuum, Methuen, and Berg imprints, among others. The collection is strong across a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines, including classical studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, political science and religious studies.

Click here to access the collections.

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Some highlights: The Philosophy collection contains titles of particular interest in critical theory, postmodernism, political philosophy and aesthetics, as well as a number of excellent series, including Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy, Key Thinkers, and Ancient Commentators on Aristotle. The Literature collection contains the Arden Shakespeare, and the History collection has a large number of titles on ancient, medieval and early modern topics.

The collection is easily searchable and can be browsed by subject, so it’s simple to find book chapters on your topic of research. It also features a particularly clear interface. Most titles include a book summary/abstract, and individual chapters can be read as HTML, or downloaded and printed as PDF files.

Please contact Nikolaus Fogle (nikolaus.fogle@villanova.edu) with any questions or comments.


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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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Test drive the African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 Collection

Black Panther cover, 1/4/1969

Black Panther cover, 1/4/1969

While mainstream newspapers and magazines are fairly well-represented in the library’s digital collections, minority publications are generally difficult to find in digital and print formats. The wildly popular African American Newspapers: The 19th Century collection from Accessible Archives, which includes the Christian Recorder, is a notable exception. Current news archives such as Lexis-Nexis Academic and ABI/INFORM include a sprinkling of minority news sources, but these are difficult to isolate and coverage is limited. Ethnic NewsWatch, a Proquest collection of minority news outlets, includes a number of important African American newspapers and magazines such as the Chicago DefenderEssence, the Philadelphia TribunePride, and Black Renaissance, but as with most other current newspaper archives, coverage goes only back to the early nineties.

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 is a small boutique collection of often hard to find African American magazines and newsletters. Villanova University faculty and students currently have trial access to this collection through November 28. According to Readex, the collection is based on James P. Dansky’s African American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography. This claim could lead to unrealistic expectations as Danksy identified 6,562 individual titles compared to the 172 titles included in the Readex collection. The content of the collection was in fact determined by the holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society. With only 172 titles and over sixty percent of these represented with less than ten issues, the collection represents but a small segment of the rich African American periodicals world.

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Beauty Trade, 4/1/1960

Nevertheless, the collection has its merits. It includes periodicals published in the twentieth century which are generally hard to find in digital collections as a result of copyright restrictions. Students and faculty alike will appreciate access to primary sources which reflect unique African American perspectives on the civil rights and black power movements. The collection includes the Black Panther (1967-1975), the organ of the Black Panther party. There are noticeable gaps in the online collection and the lack of color digitization is unfortunate. On the other hand, the option to download a complete issue, as long as it does not exceed 75 pages, will be much appreciated by readers who prefer browsing to searching. Other noteworthy titles in the collection are the Black Worker (1929-1968), the official organ of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the African Repository (1825-1892), which was published by the American Colonization Society. Titles such as Beauty Trade (1954-1978) and the music magazine Soul (1966-1976) make for interesting insights into African American popular culture. It is unfortunate that only the first ten years of Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races, the official organ of the NAACP, are included in the collection.

The trial will be running until November 28. Feel free to share the link with other Villanova University faculty and students and let us know what you think.

Trial access: 
African American Periodicals, 1825-1995
African American Periodicals Fact Sheet
African American Periodicals Title List


JuttaSeibertArticle and resources prepared by Jutta Seibert, team leader for Academic Integration and subject librarian for History.


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The Highlighter: Navigate EBSCO-Provided Databases Like a Pro

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Falvey subscribes to over 250 databases, and many of these are supplied through EBSCO, a database provider. This video shows how to navigate EBSCO-provided databases.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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


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Foto Friday: Falvey Scholars

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Each year, the Falvey Scholar presentations showcase the talents of Villanova’s most promising undergraduates and highlight the resources and opportunities afforded to them by their mentors and the library. This year, six students will present their research.

The Falvey Scholars Award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library, the Honors Program, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

The recipients of this award are selected from a pool of candidates that is generated by applications submitted by nominated Villanova University students or a group of nominated students working on a senior project together. Senior students must be nominated by their faculty advisor and submit a completed application to be considered for the Falvey Scholars Award. Read more about this year’s successful applicants here.


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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…)


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Marketing project on your horizon? Try eMarketer

“eMarketer is the best single source for research and statistics on all manner of online marketing. eMarketer employs a team of analysts that synthesize data and primary research from over 4000 sources including consulting firms, government agencies and academics.”

Linda Hauck’s Business Reference blog on eMarketer provides updated information on this new online product. Read Linda’s blog on a regular basis for the latest business information. Linda and other business liaison librarians serve the Villanova School of Business faculty and students.


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Digital Karl Barth Library

Now available via the library Web site: The writings of Swiss-born Christian Karl Barth (1886-1968) had an enormous impact on the development of systematic theology in the twentieth century and have left a lasting effect on ways to think about God and the world. A theologian from the Reform tradition, Barth transcended Calvinism and was a significant contributor to the Protestant “neo-orthodoxy” and anti-Nazi confessing church movements.

In more than 600 written works, he touches on many aspects of faith and life, particularly the tension between the absolute transcendence of God and an engaged Christo-centric life. The concept of revelation, especially in relationship to Jesus Christ and the Christian scriptures, was also a major focus for Barth.

Access to the online compilation of the works of Barth including The Church Dogmatics in English with the original Die kirchliche Dogmatik; the 43 volumes of Barth’s Gesamtausgabe; additional works in German; and English translations of specific texts, with new content added quarterly.

by Darren Poley


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OECD Statistics, Books & Periodicals

source_oecd_factbookIf you came to love the free beta SourceOECD with it’s fabulous access to international statistics, books and reports and mourned it’s loss when free access was terminated, have we got good news for you! Falvey Memorial Library has been able to subscribe to the full compliment of SourceOECD resources.

OECDStat (the statistical component) is an interactive database of comparable international data on everything from aid to welfare. Both OECD and non-OECD country data are often included. The time series data are customizable and downloadable to Excel or text files for statistical packages. This resource is ideal for students working on theses and faculty research with global comparative components.

Over two dozen periodicals published by the OECD are available in full text. Many of the articles in these periodicals are indexed elsewhere in article databases such as EconLit, ABI Inform, and PAIS International. Periodical titles are also discoverable from our catalog or E-Journals by Title.

All of the books and working papers published by the OECD since 1998 are also included in our subscription. Students of geography, public policy and economics will find a wealth of information and analysis here. OECD country studies cover everything from taxation to social issues, technology and industry. Stand alone comparitive studies on controversial topics such as health care delivery, migration policy, genetic testing, work and family life balance, educational finance policy, corporate social responsibility and urban redevelopment to name a few will be helpful for persuasive papers and presentations. The thousands of OECD books included in the collection can not be found in our catalog, there are only available via the SourceOECD database.

We’re hoping that this resource will become a favorite for freshmen and faculty alike. SourceOECD is available in it’s entirety via Databases A-Z, and select Subject pages. Let us know what you think!


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