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.
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.
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 Centurycollection 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 Defender, Essence, the Philadelphia Tribune, Pride, 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.
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.
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):
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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 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.
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…)
“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.
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.
If 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!
The Counseling and Therapy In Video database is now available. It is a searchable online collection of hours of video helpful for those in the fields of counseling, psychology, social work and psychotherapy. It includes counseling sessions and demonstrations which are produced specifically for educational training (actual, re-enacted, and scripted). The consultations and lectures by experts outline therapeutic approaches and issues affecting the mental health field. The teaching and discussion guides are downloadable. Among the different ways to search include client details such as age and gender, conditions and symptoms, therapeutic method and subjects such as divorce.
This guide to the database shows how to make clips on page 8 and how to create playlists on pages 9-10. Sample search topics are on page 13.
CIAO is a resource that aggregates dispersed content about theory and research in international affairs. CIAO includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, full-text journal articles and policy briefs, and teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.
Search results can be sorted by date and relevance. CIAO also supports advanced searching capability, provides links to international affairs Internet sources, and offers a monthly “focus” feature containing resources and links about a current topic in the news. All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.