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What’s to Become of Academic Journals?

  • Posted by: Kimberley Bugg
  • Posted Date: August 23, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Journals and their future have become a hot topic in the academic world. Frequently read higher education publications like Higher Ed[1] and The Chronicle[2] regularly feature conversations about such topics as rising subscription costs, the Big Deals, and/or open access[3].

As a result, most people in academia are at least moderately aware that the future of journal publishing is up for discussion. Of course much of this situation has to do with the Internet and the greater accessibility it provides, but the other component of this shift is the rising cost of subscriptions.  In most cases, universities and colleges ranging from the Ivy Leagues to rural community colleges have found their endowments, operating budgets, and collection development budgets reduced since the last economic crisis; subtract for inflation and add the rising cost of journals and you will most likely end up with a negative number.

To date, we are pretty lucky here at Falvey Memorial Library; we have only had to make very modest collection development reductions. But if journal costs continue to increase at 4% or more, we will have to make some of the same tough choices about our collections that other institutions have made about theirs. Unfortunately, we cannot avoid these problems, and Falvey needs your assistance with making smart decisions about how our collection grows in the future.  Please take a moment to complete this brief survey (click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vujournals) about your journal preferences and attend one of the journal forums scheduled for this semester (October 15th & November 26th at 9:30 AM in Falvey Library, Holy Grounds Café).

Feel free to contact me, Kimberley Bugg, by phone (93073) or email (kimberley.bugg@villanova.edu) for questions and/or additional information.

[2] Selected Chronicle Articles:

Saying Costly Subscriptions ‘Cannot Be Sustained,’ Harvard Library Committee Urges Open Access


Libraries Abandon Expensive ‘Big Deal’ Subscription Packages to Multiple Journals


Cornell U. Library Takes a Stand With Journal Vendors: Prices Will Be Made Public



[3] Selected library journal articles:

The Business of Academic Publishing: A Strategic Analysis of the Academic Journal Publishing Industry and its Impact on the Future of Scholarly Publishing (http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v09n03/mcguigan_g01.html)

Why the Big Deal Continues to Persist (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03615260903206853)



Follow Falvey!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: August 20, 2013
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Follow Falvey Memorial Library on a variety of social media platforms! Keep up with library news in the social sciences by following Kristyna Carroll on Twitter @withaKandaY.

Need to contact a librarian directly? Look for the chat icon at the bottom of any librarian page, text us at 610-816-6222, or email us at ref@villanova.edu.

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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.



Recent DVD Arrivals

Thinking of adding some media to your syllabus? Take a look at the DVDs that arrived in the library this summer! Browse the highlights below.

Academy Award Nominees, Best Picture

Academy Award of Merit (Oscar)Argo (Winner)
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of Southern Wild
Les Miserables
Django Unchained

Documentary Films

Big Mama
A devoted grandmother struggles to raise her orphan grandson alone in southcentral Los Angeles.

Terra Blight
Examines America’s consumption of technology and the global problem of e-waste. The documentary traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal, and uncovers how these products are disposed of and where exactly they wind up.

5 Broken Cameras
A deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

See more!


New Books in Communication!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: July 2, 2013
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

New books of particular interest to faculty and students in the Communication Department. Preview a handful of books below, or browse the full list of most recent arrivals.



Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring
edited by Jonathan Passmore, David B. Peterson, and Teresa Freire


The White Racial Frame: Centuries of White Racial Framing and Counter-framing
by Joe R. Feagin
(2nd Edition)


The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology
edited by Karen E. Dill
Oxford University Press


The Social Net: Understanding Our Online Behavior
edited by Yair Amichai-Hamburger
(2nd Edition)
Oxford University Press


New Books in Criminology

New books of particular interest to faculty and students studying criminology. Preview select titles below or browse the entire list of latest arrivals in criminology.

femaleprisonersFemale Prisoners, AIDS, and Peer Programs: How Female Offenders Transform Their Lives
by Kimberly Collica

mythmartyrdomThe Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers
by Adam Lankford
Palgrave Macmillan


‘Grooming’ and the Sexual Abuse of Children: Institutional, Internet, and Familial Dimensions
by Anne-Marie McAlinden
Oxford University Press

spssstepbystepSPSS Step by Step: Essentials for Social and Political Science
by Cole Davis
Policy Press


New Books in Research Methods

New books for research methods in social science. Preview a few titles below or browse the full list of latest arrivals in this area. Also check out our new additions from the Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods collection.


Research Matters: A Guide to Research Writing
by Rebecca Moore Howard and Amy Rupiper Taggart


Beginner’s Guide to Doing Qualitative Research: How to Get Into the Field, Collect Data, and Write Up Your Project
by Erin Horvat
Teacher’s College Press


Usable Social Science
by Neil J. Smelser and John S. Reed
University of California Press


Quantum Social Science
by Emmanuel Haven and Andrei Yu. Khrennikov
by Cambridge University Press


New Books in Communication!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: May 30, 2013
  • Filed Under: New Comm Books

New books of particular interest to students and faculty in the Communication Department are arriving in the library. Preview a few titles below or browse the full list of latest arrivals.


Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World
by David D. Burstein
Beacon Press


Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age
by Dhiraj Murthy
Polity Press


Cultural Change and Leadership in Organizations: A Practical Guide to Successful Organizational Change
by Jaap J. Boonstra
John Wiley & Sons

discourse2.0Discourse 2.0: Language and New Media
edited by Deborah Tannen and Anna Marie Trester
Georgetown University Press

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