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Library Running Trial to Westlaw Research Database

By Linda Hauck

Through March 15, 2020, the Library is running a trial to Westlaw, which is most well known as a research database for legal materials.

It offers access to US primary law, including judicial cases, state and federal legislative materials, and regulatory publications. The great benefits of using a dedicated legal research database over Google Scholar case law or statues on the free web are the enhanced finding tools and supplementary editorial content. These features—along with secondary sources such as encyclopedias, law reviews, treatises (law books), and case annotations—promote understanding the legal landscape.

In addition to US legal resources, Westlaw offers a Company Investigator tool, news, and international legal materials. The Company Investigator highlights the type of information litigators might be interested in, such as family trees, financial information, and legal filings.  The news content is weighted heavily toward business sources and U.S. regional news; however, BMI, EIU, and Reuters are notable content contributors.

There is considerable overlap between the content in Nexis Uni and Westlaw.   Both Westlaw and Nexis Uni are available from Databases A-Z .  The library would be interested to hear your opinions about both.  Email or

Linda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is the Business Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.





Announcing Oxford Scholarship Online!

By Susan Turkel

The Library has recently purchased online access to Oxford Scholarship Online, a full-text collection of ebooks published by Oxford University Press.

This growing collection includes more than 16,000 titles in 20 subject areas, and covers books published from 1963 through the present. Nearly 100 new items are added to the database every month.

Oxford Scholarship Online offers books in these 20 subject areas

You can find these Oxford ebooks by searching the Falvey catalog for “Oxford Scholarship Online” as the author. You can also access the Oxford Scholarship Online database directly and search for words from the full text, author, title, and more.

Oxford Scholarship Online ebooks may be viewed on screen or downloaded as PDF on a chapter by chapter basis. For help using Oxford University Press ebooks, as well as ebooks from a variety of publishers, visit our guide on ebooks at Villanova.

You can find Oxford Scholarship Online—and a wide variety of other online digital collections provided by the Library—on our Databases A-Z page.

Susan Turkel is a Social Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.


Dig Deeper: Rock Your Job Interview with These Resources


By Linda Hauck

It’s career fair season, and Villanova’s Career Services is hosting its Spring Career Fair, Feb. 4 and 5. Remember to use Falvey’s resources to get yourself prepared for an interview with a potential employer and learn about career options!

If you’re interviewing for a functional job in an industry that you don’t know much about, it is always a good idea to get started by reading an industry report. Think of them like CliffsNotes guides to how businesses operate—except there is no shame in using them, because they are a staple for well-informed professionals. They describe the scope of the business and list suppliers, customers, competitive challenges, prospects, key competitors, the regulatory and technological environment, and trends.

In short, everything a curious prospective employee ought to know!

The industry reports offered by First Research even include a section called Executive Conversation Starters and Conversation Prep questions to spark dialog or, better yet, suggest topics to explore through news and social media before meeting. Similarly, IBISWorld iExpert Summaries list questions related to specific roles as well as internal/external impact. 

Of course, you will want to dig deeper and find out about the specific organization with which you’re interviewing. Company profiles that describe the scope of the business, provide some historical background, and list competitors and financial performance are a good place to start. MarketLine and D&B Hoovers cover medium to large organizations globally. Guidestar will do the same if you’re interviewing with a nonprofit.

Learn about more recent organizational developments by searching the news. Proquest Central provides good national coverage, whereas Philadelphia Business Journal (from American City Business Journals) offers more local news. Don’t forget use your New York Times and Wall Street Journal online subscriptions offered by the Library.

All of these databases can be found on the Falvey Career Information page, but don’t forget to explore the many online resources offered by the Career Center.


Linda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is the Business Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.



A Closer Look at the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant

By Jutta Seibert

Locating and working with the papers of American presidents can be unexpectedly difficult. Copies are generally easy enough to locate, but sifting through the plethora of resources and finding the best format for a specific research question can be a veritable challenge. The papers of Ulysses S. Grant are a case in point. They are easy enough to find with a simple internet search, but it takes some patience to understand what is available.


Ulysses S. Grant (portrait by Walter Allen, 1901)

There are the original manuscripts of his correspondence, speeches, military records, and other types of documents, which are spread across many libraries, historical societies, and personal collections, among them the Library of Congress and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at the University of Mississippi. The Library of Congress digitized all its Ulysses S. Grant papers and made the digital facsimiles available online. The unique merits of this collection include marginalia, unique handwriting characteristics, and other information gleaned from the physical artifacts. However, this collection does not allow full text searching and lacks transcriptions and annotations.

Most research needs are better met by a comprehensive, annotated, and transcribed edition prepared by academic specialists. Such an editorial project was undertaken by the Ulysses S. Grant Association (USGA) in 1967, under the leadership of John Y. Simon, and completed in 2012. The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant were published over a span of 45 years by Southern Illinois University Press. The Library has all 32 volumes of the print edition featuring over 30,0000 individual documents. The Papers are organized in chronological order and do not include facsimiles of the original documents. Each volume includes transcribed documents, annotations, and an index. This massive editorial project is unsurpassed and served as the basis for the digital edition published by the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at the University of Mississippi and the one published by the University of Virginia Press as part of its American History Collection.

Scan showing Ulysses S. Grant’s assignment to command the armies of the United States

Ulysses S. Grant’s assignment to command the armies of the United States,
signed by President Abraham Lincoln, March 10, 1864.
(Image courtesy of the Library of Congress)

The digital edition of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant published by the USGA and available via the website of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library is a facsimile of the print edition. The advanced search options allows a search of all volumes simultaneously and groups search results by volume. Readers can download individual pages as well as PDF files of complete volumes. (Note: readers should be aware that the USGA retains its copyright to all content.)

The Library recently acquired the digital edition of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, published by the University of Virginia Press. The collection is part of the American History Collection on the Rotunda gateway. It has some unique features that the free version published by the USGA lacks. The HTML text is easy to read, and annotations are hyperlinked in the text. Page breaks are clearly identified and link back to facsimiles of the original print edition. The advanced search capabilities of the Press’s Rotunda gateway include faceting that limits search results to the text or the annotation apparatus, controlled author and recipient lists to disambiguate individual names, date limits, and date and relevance ranking of results. It also includes an index with hyperlinked page numbers as an additional access point. Most of all, the collection can be searched simultaneously with all or selected collections on the Rotunda gateway. For example, readers can select the papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Jackson, and Daniel Webster and search all three collections for shared keywords or correspondents. The Rotunda gateway also includes the text of Grant’s Personal Memoirs, which are in the public domain and available online in numerous archives. Falvey also owns the annotated edition, which was produced under the aegis of the USGA and published in 2017.

For a quick overview of Grant’s life consult James M. McPherson’s short biography in American National Biography Online. Other collections available through the Library on the Rotunda gateway include the papers of John and John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James and Dolly Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, John Marshall, Andrew Jackson, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriot Pinckney Horry, and the diaries of Gouverneur Morris.

Jutta Seibert is Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Memorial Library.






Falvey Provides Access to Religious Documents from the 16th and 17th Centuries

By Darren G. Poley

Are you looking for primary source materials of a religious or theological nature from the era of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Revival? Printed texts on many subjects burst onto the scene in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Western Europe. A wide variety of controversial, exegetical, pastoral, social and political works from that time have been gathered into two online collections: The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts and The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation.

They present full-text historical documents, and both include an array of document types, such as pamphlets, sermons, compendia, catechisms, biblical commentaries, and doctrinal treatises.  Between them there is a broad representation of various denominational traditions and religious orders.

Period editions are presented in their original languages of Latin, English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. You can search by topic, author, biblical citation, or the original title of a work.


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities, and Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. You can access these collections from the Databases A-Z page on the Library Website.



Regulating Religious Minorities in the Middle Ages

By Jutta Seibert

Two Soldiers Leading Two Moors before a King.

Two Soldiers Leading Two Moors before a King.
Illumination from the Vidal Mayor manuscript, Ms. Ludwig XIV 6, fol. 244.
Courtesy of the Getty Museum Open Content Program.

It is generally accepted that diverse religious groups coexisted in medieval Europe, often in close vicinity, but scholars still dispute whether coexistence was sustained through peaceful or violent means. A rich corpus of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic legal texts archived by the RELMIN project sheds light on the regulation of interfaith relations in the medieval Euro-Mediterranean world.

The project focused the efforts of a dedicated group of scholars on collecting, studying, and publishing ten centuries worth of documents related to the legal status of religious minorities in the Middle Ages. From 2000 to 2015, the project built a database that compiled a unique corpus of legal texts with financial support by the European Research Council.

RELMIN logoThe Advanced Search feature offers a controlled keyword list that takes most of the guesswork out of search term selection. It also offers a format facet that distinguishes between close to fifty different document types, among them legal opinions, hadith, responsa, royal charters, papal bulls, fatwas, and assizes. The documentation for each legal text includes the text in its original language, English and French translations, common English and French titles together with the original title and a descriptive title, known author(s), a reference to the sources from which the original text and the translation(s) were taken, document type, topical keywords, and estimated or known date. Project collaborators contributed historical context and summaries, secondary sources, and, in some cases, a publication history.

The RELMIN database also includes an author index with links to author biographies with cross-references to other texts by the same author. Similarly, the contributors index links to all contributions by collaborating scholars. Dr. Rebecca Winer, Professor of Medieval History at Villanova University, contributed to the archive. There are some signs of neglect such as broken links and images, but the archive is otherwise functional. A tip sheet with detailed instructions can be consulted online.

RELMIN conferences proceedings were published under the series title Religion and Law in Medieval Christian and Muslim Societies in collaboration with Brepols. The proceedings are available in the French open research archive HAL and records with links can be found in the Library’s catalog.

Jutta Seibert is Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Memorial Library.





Medievalists Embrace Open Access: The Regesta Imperii Literature Database

By Jutta Seibert

Comprehensive AND open sounds almost too good to be true, but the Regesta Imperii Literature Database (RILD) delivers on both fronts. Not only is it a comprehensive bibliography for medieval research, it is also an open access database. With over 2.3 million indexed publications, RILD by far surpasses the subscription-based International Medieval Bibliography with its barely half a million records.

While RILD does not have all the bells and whistles of a commercial product, its superior coverage and the fact that it is open to everyone make it appealing to a wide audience well beyond the ivory tower.

RILD is produced and published by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur in Mainz (Germany), but captures research in all major European languages and has an English interface in addition to its native German one. It has the usual basic and advanced search functions as well as a thesaurus, title word, and author indexes that are linked to publication records. The advanced search allows scholars to limit search results by language and publication type. Publication records consist of citations, descriptors, permalinks, and links to matching records in the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog, a meta catalog that searches libraries worldwide. Records for essay collection also include table of contents.

Frederick II and his falcon. From his book
De arte venandi cum avibus (The art of hunting
with birds). From a manuscript in Biblioteca Vaticana,
Pal. lat 1071), late 13th century

What started out as a bibliography of secondary sources cited in the Regesta Imperii (RI) project has quickly morphed into a comprehensive bibliography for medieval studies. The RI project to which RILD owes its existence and name is an ongoing collaboration of medievalists who inventory and record all surviving archival and historiographic sources of the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire from the end of the Roman Empire to 1500, including the records of selected popes.

Regesta Imperii stands for imperial register or catalog and the record for each regestum includes a short document summary in German together with the sources of the presented information. The RI project began in 1829 and was intended as a building block for the massive Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) collection. MGH is a collaborative scholarly project that consists of carefully edited and transcribed primary sources from the Holy Roman Empire. The extensive catalogs of RI and MGH publications have been completely digitized and all volumes are freely available online, except for the latest three years of MGH publications.

I am grateful to Margaret Schaus, librarian at Haverford College and a medievalist, who pointed me in the direction of RILD. Schaus is the lead editor of Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, another open access resource in the field. She also recommends Medieval Digital Resources, a curated database of peer-reviewed and open access digital resources for medievalists that is maintained by the Medieval Academy of America.

For more open access resources in medieval studies read the recent post about RELMIN, a digital archive of legal text related to the status of religious minorities, or visit the Library’s research guide for Medieval Europe.

Are you aware of other noteworthy open access resources in the field of medieval studies that should be featured on the Falvey website? Send us your recommendations.


Jutta Seibert is Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Memorial Library.




Learn a Language with Mango, Now Available Through the Library

Mango is a personalized, adaptive language-learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills, wherever and however you learn best.Mango Icon

Mango covers 70 world languages and dialects, including English as a second language, Latin, Spanish, French, Italian, and ancient Greek (or even Pirate!) through courses crafted using conversational methodology.

Villanova students, faculty, staff, and alumni now have full access to Mango and can create individual profiles. Creating a personal profile allows users to personalize their experience in Mango whether they are using it online or in the iOS or Android apps, this means you can work through a course on a single language or multiple language and Mango will track your progress and remember where you left off.

How to start using Mango:

  • Click on the link in Databases A-Z
  • Scroll down to the “Sign Up” button and set up an account using your Villanova email address and password of your choice.
  • Mango will then walk you through setting up your profile
  • Once you have set up an account and created a profile go to the app store on your phone, search for “Mango,” download the app, and then login using the profile information you previously created.

Sarah Wingo, librarianSarah Wingo, MSI, is Liaison Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages at Falvey Memorial Library.



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Trial Access to the Online Egyptological Bibliography Now Available

By Jutta Seibert

For a limited time, Falvey Memorial Library has access to the Online Egyptological Bibliography, the premier research tool of Egyptologists.

It indexes all types of publications in the field, including journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference proceedings. The content reflects the multilingual nature of the Egyptological community and abstracts may be in English, French, or German.

Modern records include digital object identifiers and links to the publications. The coverage of the bibliography extends back to 1822.

Published by Oxford University’s Griffith Institute, in cooperation with the International Association of Egyptologists, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and the Universität Heidelberg, the Bibliography is the successor to the Annual Egyptological Bibliography, which was founded in 1947. It also includes Christine Beinlich-Seeber’s Bibliographie Altägypten and records from the Aigyptos database.

The Bibliography uses the Trlit CG Times font for the display of Egyptian transliteration characters, and recommends the Mozilla Firefox web browser for the correct display of the phonetic Unicode characters.

Trial access is available until February 5, 2020.


Jutta Seibert is Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Memorial Library.



A New Year and a New PubMed

By Sarah Hughes

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is replacing the long-standing version of PubMed with a newly redesigned and more intuitive version of the database. The new PubMed is now live and can be found on Falvey’s Databases A to Z page or by using this direct link. Click the blue banner at the top of the page to begin using the new PubMed.

The old version is now referred to as legacy PubMed and is still available for use. However, legacy PubMed will be officially phased out and replaced with the new PubMed at some point in spring 2020.

Some of the more significant changes include:

  • A modernized and cleaner looking search interface.
  • Enhanced mobile device connectivity. Viewing PubMed on small screens like a mobile device or tablet is greatly improved.
  • A more predictive search algorithm designed to be like searching in Google.
  • An on-screen cite feature which creates instant citations in several popular style formats, including AMA and APA.

To help frequent PubMed users adjust to these changes and new functionalities, the Nursing and Life Sciences librarian created documentation on using the New PubMed. PubMed”Cheat Sheets” can be found on the Nursing Subject Guide in tutorials under PubMed Basics and Advanced. More in-depth information can be found on the official PubMed User Guide.

Librarians are here to support you as you transition to the new PubMed. Please contact your subject librarian with any questions on adjusting to the enhanced interface.


Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.





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