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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!



2015 Earth Day Panel Discussion: 10:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. In honor of Earth Day, we will hold a panel discussion on working towards sustainable solutions. Panelists who have devoted their careers to some aspect of sustainability will discuss their work. The challenges and opportunities of working daily to address environmental issues will be discussed. Questions and discussion between panelists and the audience are encouraged. A light continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Liesel Schwarz.

2015 Concept Release Party: 2:30 p.m. in room 205. Join us as we celebrate the publication of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. Editors, authors and peer-reviewers involved in the project will be recognized for their contributions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about CONCEPT, please visit:

Search, Capture, Done: Bibliographies Made Easy with Zotero! 4:00 p.m. in room 207. Are you still hand-copying references and typing bibliographies the old-fashioned way? Here’s your chance to learn how to use the powerful citation management tool Zotero. With just a couple of clicks, capture references from databases and search engines and then generate a bibliography in the style of your choice. Get subject search help too! Open to students, faculty, and staff. Can’t decide between Zotero and RefWorks? Watch this 1-minute video for an intro to both: Bring your laptop or Mac. Register by contacting (or just drop in). NOTE: Before coming to the session, install Zotero on your Mac or laptop by following these instructions:’t make this session? Book an individual session with Barbara. Click and reserve a time slot:

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) For more information, contact: Julie Freedman.

Irish Studies Conversation Circle: 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 204. The Irish Studies Program hosts a conversation circle about topics concerning Irish history and culture on behalf of the program. Open to all! For more information, contact: Jerry Sweeney.


We are proud to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award Winners!

Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program are pleased to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. Falvey Scholars is an annual program that recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova. The Villanova Community is invited to join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. for the Falvey Scholars 2015 Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony in which the award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of their winning project report. A continental breakfast will be served. For more information, contact Regina Duffy.


TOMORROW! 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation& Reception Ceremony: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 205. At this event, Falvey Scholars award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report. Presentations will be followed with a closing by the Rev. Fr. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, University President, in which he will focus attention on the importance of both undergraduate and graduate research on campus. He will also highlight another significant event concerning the recognition and celebration of student research—the Sigma Xi Research 2015 event, which will take place in the Connelly Center immediately following Falvey Scholars. Falvey Scholars attendees will be invited to visit Connelly for the Sigma Xi event. Refreshments will be served throughout the program.For more information about Falvey Scholars: For information about the Sigma Xi 2015 event: For more information, please contact Regina Duffy.


50 women ChristiansAn excerpt from the introduction to 50 women every Christian should know made it clear that Christians and many non-Christians would consider these women heroines.

“I knew the life stories of the following fifty women would be fascinating and inspiring, but I didn’t expect to relate to these women as real people. These women saved lives. They founded new denominations. They advocated for the poor, the sick, the dying, and the neglected. Some even died for their faith.”


Green Press Initiative (GPI) is a non-profit program which takes a collaborative approach towards working with publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and others in the book and newspaper industries to minimize social and environmental impacts, including impacts on endangered forests, impacts on climate change, and impacts on communities where paper fiber is sourced. According to the organization, paper production requires large quantities of energy, making it the fourth largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 22, we will feature an ebook, one of hundreds of thousands available to Falvey patrons. User interface, licensing polices and access varies from publisher to publisher – and we’re the first to admit that it can be confusing – so feel free to contact a librarian when you need help navigating or downloading any e-resources you find in our catalog.

In order to access ebooks, enter your desired search terms as usual. When your results are returned, go to the “Refine Search” function in the right column, and click the “Internet” choice. This will then return only digitally accessible items.



Today’s ebook is J. L. Austin on Language by Brian Garvey. From the catalog: In the middle of the Twentieth century J.L. Austin subjected language to a close and intense analysis. This book deals with his examination of the various things we do with words, comparing his work with that of more recent philosophers and social scientists. It shows that his work can still play a vital role in enhancing our understanding of language. It also deals with the philosophical insights that Austin believed could be gained by closely examining the uses of words by non-philosophers. The school of thought that Austin’s name is usually linked with — ‘ordinary language philosophy’ — is often overlooked today. This book contains both criticisms of Austin’s philosophical work where he used this approach, and defences of it that aim to show that it can still be a source of valuable insights.

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“Ordinary language is not the last word: in principle it can everywhere be supplemented and improved upon and superseded. Only remember, it is the first word.” – John Langshaw Austin


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