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Proquest Maintenance – Feb. 28

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Proquest databases will be unavailable on Saturday, Feb. 28, from approximately 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Mar. 1).

Products affected:

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    • COS Scholar Universe
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    • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™

Thank you for your patience while improvements are made.


The Curious ‘Cat: Which Web Browser(s) Provides Optimal Performance for Navigating Falvey’s Site?


This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks six library professionals, “Which browser(s) would you recommend for Villanova students to use when accessing Falvey’s site?”

Robin Bowles, nursing/life science librarian

2014-01-15 11.08.18-4“I always recommend users go directly to http://library.villanova.edu or use the Library link on the University homepage. The Library tab within MyNova is fine for very basic library use. But if you are planning to access one of our databases or more complex tools, the MyNova frame around the page can sometimes interfere with the connection and cause problems. Coming to our website directly will keep your connection to us as direct and uncomplicated as possible.”

Dave Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications

dave-uspal white bkg2USPAL“Our website developers either use Firefox or Chrome as their primary development browser, so either of those is recommended. For a while Firefox was the primary browser used for web page development, but Chrome has recently been taking up market share in this field.  Further, since Chrome is the number one browser in use by a very wide margin (46.22% as of January 2105), web developers will definitely test their pages against Chrome before release.

“I think the above still applies to Mac users as well (you can get Firefox and Chrome for Mac; alternatively, you can get Safari for PC—though I don’t recommend this as Safari’s strengths and best features are its integration with Mac OS)

“The browser I would not recommend is Internet Explorer:

IE has the most security holes, to the point where the Department of Homeland Security has asked Americans not to use IE.

And it tends to interpret web page elements differently than other browsers.”

Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre

2014-01-16 12.16.23-1-2“I have a Mac at home and a PC at work, and I personally don’t find any major difference between the two, with browsers. As far as browsers go, as I said above, I use Chrome both at home and at work and if for any reason I’m having trouble with Chrome (very rare) I will use Firefox.  For me personally when it comes to choosing between Chrome and Firefox it is really about personal taste, both are good.”


Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration

2014-02-18 13.37.16-5“Most browsers will do the job, but students should be aware that any browser can fail if an application or website is not optimized for the browser. The fault in this case lies with the application or website and not the browser. Overall it is good to stick with popular browsers as they will run into fewer problems. Chrome and Firefox used to be equally popular, but Chrome is now without a doubt the leading browser in the U.S. (“Browser Statistics and Trends”).

“According to the same statistics Explorer and Opera are marginal and should be avoided overall.”

Rob LeBlanc—first-year experience/humanities librarian

2014-01-15 11.11.37-2-2“I would recommend Firefox or Chrome: we are developing more and more HTML5 and mobile based web interfaces, and both those browsers work very well with the newest version of our website interface, VuFind. As for Mac vs. PC, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference. I am a Mac user both at home and on my mobile devices and a PC person at work (by necessity), and I have no problem accessing Falvey Memorial Library resources on any of my devices.

“As for MyNova, we actively discourage users from accessing the library resources through MyNova; many of our links do not work through that interface and you are much better off accessing our search engine, catalog and databases directly through the library webpage at http://library.villanova.edu.”

Kristyna Carroll, research-support librarian for business and social sciences

2014-01-17 14.27.13-2“For accessing library resources, I often use Mozilla Firefox. My understanding is that the tech team recommends Firefox for the Library website. When a student comes to my office, I know that Firefox will have the library website open, and my more personal windows can stay minimized in Chrome. That differentiation helps.

“I always recommend that students stay away from Falvey’s site through MyNova, unless they are doing something simple, like checking hours.”


Who are our Curious ‘Cats? Interviews by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater with photographs by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer. This week’s archival librarian headshots by Joanne Quinn, Safari fangirl and team leader for the Communication and Service Promotion team.

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The Highlighter: How Do I Contact a Librarian?


Need help citing sources, checking style guidelines or answering other questions before turning in that big paper? This video shows the many ways to contact a University librarian. How many ways are available? Watch the video to find out. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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


Student Employees Study Abroad

Two students who work on the Access Services team at Falvey Memorial Library agreed to tell us about their study abroad experiences last semester.

Last semester, Erin Johnson studied abroad in Galway, Ireland with fifteen other Villanova students. During her time at the National University of Ireland, Galway, she studied global economics and Irish history. Despite being hundreds of miles away from campus, Erin was still able to use Falvey’s online resources to help write a few papers!

Erin Johnson at the Cliffs of Moher.

Erin Johnson friends study abroad

(From left to right) Ginny Lee, Marielle Sauvigne, Erin Johnson, Emma Goetzman, and Laura McMahon at Kylemore Abbey.

Molly McGuinness studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for 4 months. She participated in a neuroscience program and her class had the opportunity to travel to Munich, Germany for one week to tour labs and listen to researchers. In addition to traveling to Germany, Molly also traveled to eight other countries throughout the semester. This experience was her first time in Europe. She loved being able to see and learn so much about other places and cultures.

Molly McGuinness study abroad

Molly took a side trip to Sweden for some abseiling!

Molly McGuinness copenhagen

This was an everyday sight for Molly while she stayed in Copenhagen.

Article by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication and Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services.


Dig Deeper: Literary Festival Features Bruce Smith

Bruce SmithOn Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, Bruce Smith will be giving a poetry reading and talk. Smith is one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Publisher’s Weekly called his poems “alternately sharp, slippery, and tender,” and in them he “finds a way to take in almost everything—’Shooter Protocol,’ Charlie Parker, high school shop class—moving seamlessly between critique and embrace.” A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on Bruce Smith and to check out some of his poetry, visit the resources below, selected by Sarah Wingo, liaison library for English and Theater.

Dig Deeper

Bruce Smith’s bio and some of his poetry can found on The Poetry Foundation. You can find some poems here.

Check out Smith’s National Book Award Foundation page for a video of a reading.

Bruce Smith’s Devotions andThe Other Lover are forthcoming to Falvey’s catalog.

Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


The Curious ‘Cat: Which Web Browser(s) Do You Prefer?


This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks six library professionals – and searching is their jam you know – “Which Web Browser(s) Do You Prefer?


Kristyna Carroll, research-support librarian for business and social sciences:

2014-01-17 14.27.13-2“I prefer Google Chrome as my browser. I like the way many tools that I use are integrated together through Google Chrome, and I only have to log in once (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive). I use all of these Google tools every day, and sometimes additional ones.”



Rob LeBlanc—first-year experience/humanities librarian:

2014-01-15 11.11.37-2-2“I still prefer Firefox for its flexibility. As a well-established version of the Mozilla browser platform, I find the many add-ons (the Feedly blog reader, TinEye reverse image search, etc.) to be helpful and intuitive.

That being said, I find myself using Chrome more and more for its overall speed and flexibility. As they develop more add-ons, I will probably find myself well within their camp in the near future. I know the University supports it, but Internet Explorer is my least favorite for good reason: It is still one of the least web-standard-compliant browsers, and can be both buggy and slow.”


Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration:

2014-02-18 13.37.16-5“I’ve used Firefox since about 2001. On occasion I use Explorer, particularly in MyNova or to access the Villanova Gateway as both these applications are not optimized for Firefox. I use Safari on my iPad and personal MacBook and I like this search engine as well. The Firefox browser on my work computer is personalized in many ways, and for this reason I don’t like to switch browsers too often as I have to customize each new browser.”


Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre:

2014-01-16 12.16.23-3“I prefer Chrome and Firefox in that order. Both have different aspects that I like.  I have Gmail, and Chrome is great because it integrates all of my Google accounts, remembers my favorites/bookmarks and has plugins that I like. Firefox is my backup because it is reliable. Both browsers have their software updated regularly by their developers, which means they are less likely to glitch, be unable to open websites or be unable to play videos, etc. This also should, in theory, make them more secure.”


Dave Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications:

dave-uspal white bkg2USPAL“My preference for browsers is Opera because it has an array of convenient and powerful tools built right into the browser, from Dragonfly (a web developer tool) to a Mobile SDK (Software Development Kit used for prototyping mobile pages on your desktop or laptop), to its Speed Dial tool (a touchscreen-optimized homepage) to a TV emulator to other tools like IRC chatting and Torrent downloading. Further, Opera seems more stable to me than other browsers—fewer browser crashes and slowdowns.

“It’s hard to recommend to others for day to day use, though, as many web developers don’t test for Opera when constructing pages. Banks or other financial institutions, for example, may only allow access to their site from certain browsers and versions for security reasons.”


Robin Bowles, nursing/life science librarian:

2014-01-15 11.08.18-4“We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer (if you are a Windows user) or Safari (if you are on a Mac).  Personally, I use Google’s Chrome because of its simplicity and great integration with my Android phone, and so far I haven’t found any big problems with using Chrome with our resources.”

Who are our Curious ‘Cats? Interviews by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater with photographs by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer. This week’s archival librarian headshots by Joanne Quinn, Safari fangirl and team leader for the Communication and Service Promotion team.


Dig Deeper: Megan Quigley, PhD on Modernist Fiction

Megan QuigleyA Scholarship@Villanova lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library will feature Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English. Dr. Quigley will speak about her book, entitled Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language, newly released from Cambridge University Press, which explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Specifically, it argues that much modernist literary experimentation connects to the linguistic turn in philosophy.

The event is  co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English and is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dr. Quigley and her work in Modernism, check out the resources below, provided by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.

Quigley BookDig Deeper

Visit Dr. Quigley’s professional website at http://meganquigley.com/. To view a list of her publications, click here.

Selected Scholarship:
Modern Novels and Vagueness.” Modernism/Modernity, 15.1 (2008) 101-129. Print.
To read the full text, click here.


Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


Share the Love: Macaroons and Chocolate


Like the title says, we’re here to talk about macaroons, referred to by the official website of France as “seductive little biscuits,” and chocolate, traditionally consumed on Valentine’s Day.

If you read the play “A Doll’s House”, then you probably remember Nora’s obsession with macaroons and the significance of this simple cookie in the play. A similar theme plays out in the movie “Chocolat” where chocolate is taboo during Lent but its overwhelming allure leads the residents of a quaint French village to hide their consumption of it from the mayor.

London Art of Cookery title pageI’m using a recipe from “The London Art of Cookery and Domestic Housekeepers’ Complete Assistant On a New Plan Made Plain and Easy to the Understanding of Every Housekeeper, Cook, and Servant in the Kingdom,” written in 1783. How’s that for a title? We have the print edition in Special Collections, but there are also other digitized editions available.

An important distinction needs to be made. Macaroons, as they are made in France, are almond biscuits sandwiched together with jam, chocolate, or other sweet fillings. The “other” type of macaroons contain shredded coconut. And although the recipe from The London Art of Cookery simply calls them Macaroons, it’s actually a recipe for French macaroons, not coconut macaroons. It’s confusing. I know.






One detour from the recipe will be the addition of chocolate ganache filling between two macarons, which is how they would be made in a French pattisserie. I will use the 1783 recipe for the cookies and a Food Network recipe for the ganache. And of course, I had French cafe music playing on Spotify, for inspiration.


1 lb. sugar

1 lb. almonds, blanched and beaten (almond meal)

A few drops of rose water

7 egg whites, frothed

macaroon batterAfter combining the sugar, almond meal, and a few drops of rose water, I stirred in the frothed egg whites. The egg whites should form stiff peaks before being added to the sugar and almond meal. Using a small spoon, drop round dollops of batter about two inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Or you can use a pastry bag. The recipe ends with the instruction, “put them in the oven” without so much as an oven temperature or length of cooking time. I checked the Food Network for a suggested oven temperature (325) and time (13-15 minutes).

There was no measurement for the rose water so I used ½ tsp., but next time I would skip it altogether. It was a noticeable and not necessarily pleasant flavor, but that’s just my opinion. Luckily, the chocolate ganache soon remedied that. The cookies came out a little flat, not like the macarons I’ve come to expect. They tasted good so, who am I to complain? One last tip: make extra ganache. It’s great for dipping strawberries.

macaroons plated

To quote Nora, and although they didn’t turn out perfectly, “I shall have one, just a little one–or at most two. I am tremendously happy.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!





I want to thank Michael Foight and Laura Bang in Special Collections at Falvey Memorial Library for locating suitable recipes from Falvey’s print and digital collections. Their help was invaluable.

‘Caturday feature written by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion Team and team leader, Access Services.


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‘Caturday: Black Wildcat

Shown below is the cover of Black Wildcat, an image borrowed from Black Villanova: An Oral History. Take a scroll through this amazing resource, especially this month as we celebrate Black History Month.

“On April 23, 1969, the Black Student League (BSL) published the first edition of the Black Wildcat. The unmistakable clenched fist on the front cover sent a clear signal to the Villanova community that the BSL was clearly influenced by the larger Black Power movement. With its controversial articles and opinion pieces, the Black Wildcat served to educate the Villanova community about the experiences of black students on a predominately white campus.”

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‘Caturday feature written by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion Team and team leader, Access Services.


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.


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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Last Modified: February 3, 2015