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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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Social Explorer Trial

Falvey Memorial Library currently has a trial of Social Explorer (on campus access only). Social Explorer is a web application for interacting with the U.S. Census and other data.

Social Explorer contains over 18,000 maps, hundreds of profile reports, 40 billion data elements, 335,000 variables and 220 years of data. Interactive mapping and reporting tools let you explore a vast array of demographic data quickly and easily.

Available Maps and Reports:
  • Census data from 1790 to 2010
  • American Community Survey (all)
  • Religion data – InfoGroup 2009
  • Religion data – RCMS 1980 to 2000
  • Carbon emissions – Vulcan Project

Please let us know what you think, and if you would like to retain access to Social Explorer. Contact Kristyna Carroll.


New DVDs!

A bunch of new DVDs on a diverse set of topics have recently arrived in the library. See the whole list, or check out some highlights below.

Half the Sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide

Documentary Film (2012)
Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide.

Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential.

Money, Power & Wall Street
Documentary Film –  A Frontline Production (2012)
In a special 4-hour investigation FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy exploring key decisions missed opportunities and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.



First Position
Documentary Film (2012)
Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. The box office hit documentary, Bess Kargman’s award-winning FIRST POSITION follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence. A showcase of awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, FIRST POSITION paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow.

Slavoj Zizek, the Reality of the Virtual
Interview (2007)
Slavoj Zizek is a realist thinker. Zizek is always trying to think from the standpoint of the real and, at the same time, to think through the standpoint of the real. Going beyond the Lacanian Real what resists symbolization or marks the limit that is both obstacle and access to the real this is an examination of those real elements (which may or may not resist symbolization) that constitute the nodal points of our worldly existence, the points that undermine all systematic attempts to determine this existence in advance and by means of externally derived iron laws. It is unlikely that Zizek himself would put the matter in this fashion. This is because his strategy is precisely to flirt with iron principles (what he has most recently named lost causes) in order to expose how the political contingencies of our world are nowadays veiled by a palliative language that uses the alibi of contingency to defeat principles…

Albert Nobbs
Feature Film (2012)
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) gives a “powerhouse performance” (New York Post) as a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Also starring a prestigious international cast including Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, ALBERT NOBBS is a “terrific” (IndieWIRE) film adapted from the short story by Irish author George Moore.

*DVD cover photos and summaries from amazon.com.


Syllabus Tip – Send Students to Library for Required Readings

If you will be requiring your students to read scholarly articles this semester, please consider sending them to the library to find the full text themselves (assuming the article is included in the library’s holdings). Rather than sending the students a PDF via email or Blackboard, or simply distributing a printout in class, allowing the students to search out the article on their own has several advantages.

Good for students

Allowing students to search the library’s resources to find the full text of an article from the citation builds familiarity with the library and its website. This exercise also demonstrates that the library is a valuable place to find scholarly resources. As an added bonus, your students will learn to interpret a citation. Finding the full text is good practice for scholarly research!

To help with this task, we provide detailed instructions for finding the full text using an article citation on our Finding Full Text Guide. Feel free to include this link on your syllabus. Librarians are also available to help by phone, email, chat, or in person.

Good for the Library

Sending students to the library’s website for full text articles being used in your class helps the library keep better statistics. We regularly evaluate our collection to ensure that it is meeting the needs of faculty and students. If you distribute a printout of an article to the students of your class, our records will only indicate one download from that journal, although it is being used many more times. Allowing students to download their own articles is one way of indicating that a particular journal is important to the curriculum.


ICPSR Research Paper Competition – Due 1/31

Students:  Have you just completed a research paper?  Faculty:  Have you just read an outstanding research paper?  Why not submit it to The ICPSR Research Paper Competition?

ICPSR invites submissions for our 2013 Research Paper Competition from undergraduates and master’s students at member institutions. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. We are holding three contests this year:

All competitions are open to students currently pursuing or who recently received undergraduate or master’s degrees.

The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category.

More information is found here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/ICPSR/prize/index.html


ICPSR Unveils New Website Design

ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, unveiled its new website design on September 4, 2012. Explore the redesigned site.

ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.


Welcome Back, Students!

Wondering how your subject librarian can help you this semester? Read on!

Librarians are happy to help you:

  • Find a topic for your research paper or project.
  • Find an article or book you are required to read for class.
  • Find a scholarly journal article.
  • Find background information on a topic.
  • Use a subject database to research a topic.
  • Find data or statistics.
  • Find news (current or historical) on your topic.
  • Evaluate potential sources.
  • Get organized with Refworks and individual research accounts.
  • Find information about conducting your own research project.
  • Cite your sources in APA or any other citation style.
  • And more!

Kristyna Carroll
Room 223

Kimberley Bugg
Room 227


Welcome Back, Faculty!

Welcome back to campus! Falvey Memorial Library is ready to help you and your students meet all of your research goals this semester.

Don’t forget to take advantages of Falvey’s services:

If you are requiring your students to complete a research project, please consider scheduling a library workshop, or requesting a tailored course guide. Workshops can be conducted in one of the library’s classrooms, or a librarian would be happy to come to you. Act now: calendars fill quickly!

Librarians for Sociology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Education, and Communication:

Kristyna Carroll
Room 223

Kimberley Bugg
Room 227


New Books in Research Methods

The library has received many new books in the area of research methods that are of interest across the social sciences.  See some highlights below, or browse the full list of new arrivals in research methods.

Successful research supervision: Advising students doing research
by Anne Lee

Your research project: designing and planning your work
by Nicholas Walliman
Sage Publications

Doing your literature review: Traditional and systematic techniques
by Jill Jesson, with Lydia Matheson and Fiona M. Lacey

Social and behavioral research and the Internet: Advances in applied methods and research strategies

Longitudinal data analysis: A practical guide for researchers in aging, health, and social sciences
edited by Jason T. Newsom, Richard N. Jones, and Scott M. Hofer

Cross-cultural analysis: Methods and applications
edited by Eldad Davidov, Peter Schmidt, and Jaak Billiet

Cognitive methods in social psychology
edited by Karl Christoph Klauer, Andreas Voss, and Christoph Stahl
Guilford Press


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