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SAGE Trials

Falvey Memorial Library is currently running two trials from SAGE. Please check them out while you are on campus, and let us know what you think!

SAGE Video Beta

Access*: http://sk.sagepub.com/video
Ends: May 20, 2014

SAGE Video is a new product and is still in the beta phase. It currently includes three main collections: Counseling & Psychotherapy, Education, and Media, Communication & Cultural Studies. Video types include definitions, tutorials, interviews, and documentaries.

Benefits and features of SAGE Video

  • Almost 1600 videos and 400 hours of video in the complete collections (Beta includes 794 videos across 178 hours)
  • Video clip creation
  • Closed captioning
  • Change video size
  • Auto-scroll, searchable, downloadable transcripts
  • Multiple citation options
  • Save video to playlist
  • Embeddable HTML codes for web pages
  • Abstracts for each video

*Not compatible with Internet Explorer 10.

SAGE Research Methods

Access: http://srmo.sagepub.com
Ends: June 20, 2014

SAGE Research Methods provides access to 700+ books, encyclopedias, and journal articles, as well as innovative features, such as the Methods Map visual browse tool using a custom taxonomy of 700+ methods terms. Trial includes access to SAGE Research Methods Datasets and SAGE Research Methods Cases. Electronic versions of some SAGE handbooks and other reference materials, such as titles from the SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods series, are also included.

For help navigating the platform, please see the SAGE Research Methods LibGuide.

We welcome your feedback! Please leave a reply to this post, email, or call Kristyna at 610-519-5391.


New Books in Communication and Sociology

Happy Fall!

In case you find some free time this semester and need a good book to read, please check out some of the newly acquired titles in the social sciences below that are available at Falvey Memorial Library. Be sure to check out the full list, too, for more new and unique titles.

Americans against the city : Anti-urbanism in the twentieth century
by Steven Conn
Oxford University Press, 2014


Cognitive media theory
by Ted Nannicelli & Paul Taberham
Routledge, 2014


Disability incarcerated : imprisonment and disability in the United States and Canada
by Liat Ben-Moshe & Liat and Allison C. Carey
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014


Doing a successful research project : using qualitative or quantitative methods
By Martin Davies & Nathan Hughes
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014


by Michael J. Lynch
Ashgate, 2014


Imaginative methodologies in the social sciences : creativity, poetics and rhetoric in social research
by Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Michael S. Drake, Kieran Keohane, & Anders Petersen
Ashgate, 2014


Mainstreaming torture : ethical approaches in the post-9/11 United States
by Rebecca Gordon
Oxford, 2014


The social media handbook
by Jeremy Hunsinger and Theresa M. Senft
Routledge, 2014


I’d also love to hear from you! Please feel free to recommend other texts you feel are useful for your courses by email (alexander.williams@villanova.edu) or by telephone (ext. 8845).

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New Books in Communication

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: June 25, 2014
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

Have some free time this summer? Check out these new books in communication! See the full list, or preview a selection below.

hdbkchildrenmedia The Routledge international handbook of children, adolescents and media
Edited by Dafna Lemish
Access online

Eervinggoffmanrving Goffman: A critical introduction to media and communication theory
by Yves Winkin and Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Peter Lang

bigdisconnectThe big disconnect: Protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age
by Catherine Steiner-Adaire and Teresa Barker

SNLamericanTVSaturday Night Live and American TV
by Nick Marx, Matt Sienkiewicz, and Ron Becker
Indiana University Press

Access online


ICPSR Deadlines Approaching

ICPSR’s 2014 Student Research Paper Deadline Approaching

Don’t miss it! The January 31, 2014, submission deadline for the ICPSR Student Research Paper Competitions is approaching soon.

The four competitions are: (view eligibility criteria)

  • ICPSR Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the ICPSR Archive or Thematic Collections. Separate undergraduate and master’s prizes.
  • NAHDAP Research Paper Competition, for analyses on topics related to addiction and HIV that are based on quantitative analysis. Now also open to PhD students.
  • IFSS Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using Integrated Fertility Survey Series data.
  • RCMD Research Paper Competition, for analyses on issues of minorities and immigrants in the US, using data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.

Awards: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place, and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first-place winners.

Visit the ICPSR’s Research Paper Competition website for details and Entry Forms.

Application Deadline for 2014 ICPSR Summer Internship Program Approaching

Applications are being accepted for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research.

Apply now through the ICPSR online application portal. To complete the application form, students must answer a few questions; upload a cover letter, resume, and list of relevant courses; and provide contact information for two recommending college faculty or staff members, or employer references. The recommendations must be completed through the ICPSR recommendation portal.
The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have an expected graduation of December 2014 or later
  • Be a US citizen or have permanent residency
  • Possess undergraduate standing and have completed sophomore year in a social science or mathematics major, with interests related to one of ICPSR’s Thematic Collections

About the Internship
The NSF-funded Research for Undergraduates (REU) internship program (Grant No. 1062317) matches students with mentors at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and supports exploration of a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of conference-ready posters summarizing students’ research findings. Interns can attend graduate-level courses in quantitative methods at the University of Michigan taught by leading faculty across various research fields. Additionally, all ICPSR interns learn valuable data-management techniques using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, and SAS. Visit our website or view the flyer (PDF, 466 KB) for more information.

For examples of research projects done by past ICPSR interns, please see these videos.


New Books in Communication

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: January 3, 2014
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

Start off the new year with some new books! See the full list or preview highlights below.

relationalritualsRelational rituals and communication: Ritual interaction in groups
by Dániel Z. Kádár
Palgrave Macmillan

participatoryactionresearchParticipatory action research: Theory and methods for engaged inquiry
by Jacques M. Chevalier and Daniel Buckles

politicaltonePolitical tone: How leaders talk and why
by Roderick P. Hart, Jay P. Childers, and Colene J. Lind
The University of Chicago Press

promotionalculturesPromotional cultures: The rise and spread of advertising, public relations, marketing and branding
by Aeron Davis
Polity Press

wiredcityThe wired city: Reimagining journalism and civic life in the post-newspaper age
by Dan Kennedy
University of Massachusetts Press


Too Soon for Spring?

We may not see Spring weather for some time, but it’s definitely time to begin thinking about the Spring semester.

Spring Reserves and Blackboard Scanning

You may drop off materials at your earliest convenience at the circulation desk or submit an online request by visiting http://library.villanova.edu/about/services/requestforms/resform/ .

For additional reserve guidelines go to http://library.villanova.edu/About/Services/CourseReserves/FacultyGuidelines#Electronic

If you have questions, please contact rebecca.whidden@villanova.edu or call 610-519-3848.

Library Workshops

Library classrooms fill quickly for classes in January and February. If you would like to bring your class to the library for an information literacy workshop, please contact Kristyna Carroll or Kimberley Bugg.

Library Help Sessions

Don’t have time for a library workshop but still think your students may need research help? Request an informal library help session. Your students will have a reserved conference room in the library, and a subject librarian to answer their individual questions. These sessions are best held within two weeks of project deadlines. Please contact Kristyna Carroll or Kimberley Bugg to schedule a help session.


New Books in Communication

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: October 3, 2013
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

New book alert! The new arrivals below are of particular interest to faculty and students in the Communication Department. Review the highlights below, or go the full list.

keyconceptsleadershipKey concepts in leadership
Jonathon Gosling, Ian Sutherland, Stephanie Jones, Joost Dijkstra

masteringsemistructuredinterviewMastering the semi-structured interview and beyond: from research design to analysis and publication
Anne Galletta
New York University Press

gendergenresportsGender and genre in sports documentaries: Critical essays
Zachary Ingle, David M. Sutera
Scarecrow Press
Online (ebrary)

endofpowerThe end of power: From boardrooms to battlefields, and churches to states, why being in charge isn’t what it used to be
Moisés Naím
Basic Books



Census Tools – New Guide

population density map Villanova

Census 2010 – Population Density per sq. mile surrounding Villanova University. From Social Explorer.

Introducing a new research guide for students and faculty interested in using U.S. Census data in their next research project. The Census Tools guide provides an overview of the various tools offered by Falvey Memorial Library, in addition to American FactFinder 2, the official tool of the U.S. Census.

The guide includes a brief description of each tool, relevant coverage, and recommended uses. Researchers can also find links to help pages and other aids for each tool.

The Census Tools guide is the perfect starting point for your demographic research!


Schedule Library Instruction Now!

Thinking of bringing your class to the library this semester? Now is the time to schedule it! Library classrooms and librarians’ schedules fill up quickly in August and September.

And, don’t forget about the other services offered by Falvey’s subject librarians!

  • Research Appointments
    • Individual or group meetings at any stage of the research process.
  • Research Guides
  • Instructional Workshops
    • Bring your class to the library for a tailored workshop!
    • Past topics include demonstration of key resources, the research process, APA citations, plagiarism, and more!
  • Open Workshops
    • Your librarian can schedule library space for open work time as your project due date approaches. Students are welcome to drop in to work on their project, ask questions of the librarian, and enjoy a snack!
  • Material Requests
    • Know of a book, DVD, or other resource that would be valuable to your program? Suggest it to your subject librarian!

Education, Counseling, & Psychology

Kimberley Bugg
Room 227

Communication, Criminology, & Sociology

Kristyna Carroll
Room 223



Use Data from ICPSR this Fall


Source: ICPSR

ICPSR makes integrating data into your course easy with a host of instructional materials! Check out their website for data-driven exercises, the Crosstab Assignment Builder, and specific data modules.


Students who use ICPSR data for a project might consider entering the ICPSR Research Paper Competition. Students with a passion for data might pursue the ICPSR summer internship program.


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Last Modified: August 8, 2013