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Very short reads for the train ride home!

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

By Merrill Stein

Liasion Librarian for Political Science, Psychology and Brain Sciences, Public Administration,  Naval Science, and Geography & the Environment


Sometimes we need background information for a speech or project. Maybe we need to become familiar with a subject before seeking in-depth, scholarly information. Sometimes, we just need a very short introduction. That’s where Oxford University Press’ “Very Short Introductions,” published since 1995, can help. Over 375of these concise, pithy “pocket-portable introductory lectures” (Guardian Review) covering such topics as archaeology, arts & architecture, biography, business & management, economics & finance history, language & linguistics, law, literature, mathematics & sciences, medicine & health, music, sociology, philosophy, politics, psychology & neuroscience and religion can be found at Falvey.

Some of the latest very short introductions that can be checked out from Falvey are:


Excellent background studies can also be found in Falvey Library’s other select Oxford University subscriptions with peer-reviewed entries, such as:


This holiday season dig into the bounty of food for thought.





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Last Modified: November 21, 2018

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