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Documenting COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Villanova community in unique ways with the swift shift to online learning; seniors not being able to attend in-person commencement; NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament cancelled; our faculty and students in the Nursing School called into service; the campus closed; the uncertainty of what fall 2020 will look like; and the ever-growing disruptions to our personal lives.

The University Archives, in partnership with Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, invites you to contribute your recollections of how you are experiencing the ongoing situation around COVID-19 to the archives’ collection.

The project is meant to capture the stories and thoughts so future researchers and community members can look back to know and understand what this period was like for those who lived through it.  The project is also an opportunity to share in the experience and your memories matter, so your experiences are an important part of our shared Villanova history.

How to participate

We invite you to submit your experience to the University Archives where the materials will be preserved and made publicly available for future research. The submission form can be found here.

And all members of the community– students, faculty, staff, and alumni– are welcome to submit:

  • stories of their experience
  • photographs
  • social media posts
  • video or audio recording
  • digital artwork

How you submit your thoughts and experiences is up to you! For instance, you can write in the form of a journal entry,  save your social media posts, take photos and/or videos of life as you see it, or create multimedia works of digital storytelling.

Also, you may submit as many times as you’d like. Share your experience once or monthly!

If you have any questions about the form or the project please contact: documentingcovid@villanova.edu

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Jason Steinhauer, Director of Lepage Center, for spearheading the collaboration. Thank you to Mark Hewlett and Kaitlin Gottuso in assisting with review. And many thanks to the our Falvey colleagues’ David Uspal and Joanne Quinn for form set-up and graphics.


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E-books, E-books, E-books!

E-book. (Photo courtesy of Vikas Pawar on unsplash.com)

By Susan Turkel

We know you miss roaming the Falvey stacks and seeing, smelling, and touching all of those ink-on-paper books. We miss them, too! But the library can still provide you with countless hours of research and reading pleasure, thanks to bountiful collections of e-books!

Permanent e-book collections

Believe it or not, Falvey’s catalog includes around a million e-books! To find an e-book, simply enter your search terms (author, title, subject words, etc.) into our Search Everything box (above). Click Books & Media, and then limit your results to Collection=Online. You can also view the Articles & More page for your search, then limit your results to Format=eBook.

Our e-book collection is diverse and ever-growing. The million books listed in our catalog range from Early English Books Online (virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700) to the entire collection of Safari e-books on software, networking, and other techy subjects ,including more than 11,000 published within the last five years.

A recent book from Oxford Scholarship Online

Falvey recently purchased the entire (and growing!) collection of e-books published by Oxford University Press and delivered to you on the Oxford Scholarship Online platform. These books include titles in the social sciences and humanities, and at last count we had more than 16,000 in our catalog. Nearly 100 new items are added every month!

For more information about our current e-book collections and how to make use of them, visit our guide to using E-books at Villanova.

Temporary access to MORE e-book collections

Several publishers have opened up their entire catalog of e-books for access to non-subscribers during the current crisis. We are grateful for the increased access to important scholarly works, given that all the print books we’ve purchased over the years are currently “out of circulation.” These publishers include MIT Press, ScienceDirect, and many academic presses through the Project Muse platform.

MIT Press search page

In addition, you can find more than 30,000 titles on all subjects in the expanded University Press Scholarship Online. This package includes works from the University of California Press, Columbia University Press, Princeton University Press, Stanford University Press, University of Chicago Press, Yale and Stanford University Presses, and NYU Press among many others.

See the Temporarily Available Online Resources page for a more complete list.

Getting help

Still have questions? Please feel free to reach out to Falvey via Live Chat or by emailing ref@villanova.edu. Librarians and staff are available 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday.

To stay up-to-date on Falvey’s resources at this time, please visit our Falvey Memorial Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources webpage. The Falvey Virtual Library is always open and here to support you.


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


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Learn to Navigate Falvey’s Vast E-book Collection with a Quick Tutorial Video

By Regina Duffy

Did you know that Villanova faculty, staff, and students have access to a wealth of e-books through Falvey? In fact, the library has a vast e-books collection and provides entry to many other choice e-books collections through its subscriptions, some of which have been temporarily added or expanded in Falvey’s response to COVID-19.

In addition to Falvey’s e-books that can be accessed through the catalog; some examples of other great e-books collections include JSTOR, EBSCO, and Oxford, among others.

Please see the brief E-book Guide tutorial video by our very own Abby Cengel, Service Desk Coordinator, Access Services. In the video, Abby explains how to find and navigate the e-book collections on Falvey’s website step-by-step, highlighting notable information along the way.

If you plan to use e-books as a resource for a research project and need help in your search or citation efforts, note that expert subject librarians are available to help you via Live Chat or email. Whether you need guidance with MLA, APA, or Chicago Style format, Falvey Memorial Library is here to make sure you are on the right track.

You can’t beat the convenience of an e-book! Please check out Falvey’s expansive selection, which includes a range of subjects and disciplines from fiction to non-fiction and beyond.

Happy reading, all!


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager in Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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Request Articles and Book Chapters Through Interlibrary Loan: A Quick Tutorial

By Regina Duffy

Did you know that you can request a scanned copy of almost any article or book chapter from libraries across the world? While it is true that Falvey Memorial Library has millions (yes, millions) of resources available for faculty and student scholars, it doesn’t own every single book or journal ever written. (But to read about a library that literally has every book possible, check out “Library of Babel,” a short story by Argentine author and librarian Jorge Luis Borges.)

As for real libraries, Interlibrary loan (ILL) saves the day every day, and it only takes a few moments to complete the ILL request electronically.

Check out a quick video tutorial, courtesy of Abby Cengel, Service Desk Coordinator, Access Services, where she demonstrates the easy step-by-step process on Falvey’s website.

 

 

If you have any questions about submitting an ILL request, please feel free to use Falvey’s Live Chat to speak directly with library staff. You can also email ill@villanova.edu.

For general research questions, you can also use the Live Chat or email ref@villanova.edu. Librarians and staff are available 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday.

To stay up-to-date on Falvey’s resources at this time, please visit our Falvey Memorial Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources webpage. The Falvey Virtual Library is always open and here to support you.

 


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Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. She hopes that all you cool cats and kittens will take advantage of ILL!

 

 

 


 


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New Database Added: Lives of Literature on JSTOR

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By Regina Duffy

With spring semester classes at Villanova University now remote, Falvey Memorial Library is offering a more expansive and accessible variety of resources in support of our faculty and student scholars across all disciplines. One new, temporary resource, opened by the vendor due to the current pandemic, that is of interest to those who specialize in the study of English Literature is Lives of Literature on JSTOR. This database features a hefty collection of over 70 academic journals that focus on an author or text.

According to JSTOR, Lives of Literature “supports advanced literary studies and interdisciplinary research on writers and texts critical to curricula in literature. With its focus on journals that use an author or text as a starting place, Lives of Literature also fulfills a scholarly resource need for in-depth study and courses on a single author or text. It will contain 100 journals that are all new to JSTOR when completed.”

You can access JSTOR’s Lives of Literature until June 30, 2020.

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Featured journal topics in Lives of Literature include Medieval authors and texts, Modernist authors, Victorian, Edwardian and Gothic authors as well as notable literary theorists. Some notable journal titles include Angelicum, Celestinesca, Faulkner Journal, Langston Hughes Review, Le Cygne as well as the Woolf Studies Annual, among others. Undoubtedly, this database will prove to be an invaluable asset to anyone looking to explore different perspectives or ideas related to prominent literary works or authors.

This database is just one sampling of the many new or expanded resources that Falvey Library has added to its offerings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the complete list, please see the Temporarily Available Online Resources.

If you are looking for help navigating this or any other new database, or, if you would generally like to learn more about Falvey’s online services and offerings at this time, please visit our Falvey Memorial Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources webpage.

Remember, the Falvey Virtual Library is open and adding resources to help you succeed!

 


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Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. After reviewing Lives of Literature, she’s reminiscing about her undergrad capstone English class with Dr. Paul Orlov.

 


 


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FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Please visit the library’s COVID-19 updates and resources page for updates. Check back frequently as the situation changes.

HOURS AND BUILDING ACCESS

  • The building is closed.
  • Service Desk hours may be revised on short notice. Please check the website or call 610-519-4270 before coming to the library.
  • Virtual reference services are available through live chat during business hours.
  • The Friends of Villanova and Courtesy Card programs have been temporarily suspended.

ACCESS TO COLLECTIONS

  • Online collections and the Digital Library remain accessible.
  • Request articles and e-books through Interlibrary Loan.
  • The Library stopped assessing overdue fines on Falvey materials (except course reserves.)
  • The physical collections will not be accessible while the building is closed.
  • E-ZBorrow and scanning from the collection have been suspended.

    EVENTS

  • The University has canceled all events. The Library will begin accepting room reservations once the University decides to resume events.
  • Contact libraryevents@villanova.edu with any questions or concerns.

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Last Modified: March 16, 2020