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Cat in the Stax: Finding Journals at Falvey

As Falvey’s Cat in the Stax, Rebecca writes articles covering a broad range of topics, from academics to hobbies to random events. All the while highlighting how Falvey Library can enhance your Villanova experience!

Happy Wednesday, Wildcats! I know we’re only a few weeks into the semester, so it might be a little early to discuss papers, but I want to bring you attention to a useful resource that can help you conduct research when those due dates eventually draw near. And who knows, maybe this is something you can use right now if you’re currently conducting research for whatever reason.

Falvey’s Databases A-Z make it easy for you to find books, articles, and journals. This list contains links to a multitude of databases across a wide spectrum of subjects. It allows you to  browse or narrow in on an area to find journals related to that topic. Definitely something you want to keep in mind or bookmark for later when those research papers need to get done!

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on

I also want to bring your attention to one specific resource within the Falvey Database: BrowZine. BrowZine is a comprehensive list of all the journals the Library is subscribed to and allows you to search through them. This blog post from 2016 describes the system in more depth. The BrowZine Library is divided by subject, meaning you can click the area of research you are interested in (Biological Sciences, History, Philosophy and Religion, etc.) and find journals related to that topic. This is a great way to find journals you might have missed otherwise.

Like I said, a little early to be talking about research projects, but you should definitely check out these two Falvey resources and become familiar with using them. That way, you’ll be prepared when you inevitably need to begin searching for journals and articles.

Rebecca Amrick

Rebecca Amrick is a first year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


Dig Deeper: Peach Fuzz

PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz.

Color Culture 

The 2024 Pantone Color of the Year is Peach Fuzz (PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz to be exact!) The Pantone Color System provides a “universal language of color” to help individuals “define, communicate and control color from inspiration to realization – across various materials and finishes for graphics, fashion and product design.” Since 1999, Pantone selects a color to feature each year in the hopes of showcasing “the fundamental role color plays in our shared human experience.” Team members of the Pantone Color Institute choose the winning color after a year-long selection process. Check out this interview with Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, for more information on the Pantone Color of the Year selection process.

PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz

Kindness and comfort are two prominently featured words associated with the 2024 Pantone Color of the Year. Peace is another word that embodies the winning color selection. “PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz is a velvety gentle peach whose all-embracing spirit enriches heart, mind, and body… At a time of turmoil in many aspects of our lives, our need for nurturing, empathy and compassion grows ever stronger as does our imaginings of a more peaceful future.” Check out all the ways you can use the color of the year on Pantone’s website.

Peaches, Peaches, Peaches, Peaches, Peaches People

Peach is Falvey’s unofficial color of the year as the library hosted many stress-busting events that featured numerous characters from Nintendo’s Mario franchise including Princess Peach. Giving a subtle shoutout to the pink-loving ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom, we had to gave away candy peach rings. To continue the celebration of all things peach, stop by the library’s first floor to grab a free package of peach rings.

Still feeling peachy keen? Dig deeper and explore the resources below:

The actual fruit may not be the main subject of these resources but they’re a peach!

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.




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New Business Resource Added: Dealscan

By Linda Hauck


Villanova students and faculty now have access to Dealscan. Dealscan provides data on the global commercial loan market.  The data from Thomson/Refinitiv and hosted on the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) platform provides detailed information about lenders, borrowers and loan deals, tranches, pricing, terms, and conditions.

Loan data is widely used by financial, economic, and accounting researchers.  Some recent topics examined with Dealscan data include the following:

Villanova community members can register for on and off campus access to WRDS access by registering and using DUO two-factor authorization.


Linda Hauck, MLS, MBS, is Business Librarian at Falvey Library.


Library 101: Library Essentials Guide

From an endless array of resources and support, to a dongle for your Mac, you’re likely to find everything you’re looking for at Falvey Library! Keep scrolling for your library essentials guide. Graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing. Press CTRL and + to zoom in.

Drop by the library for a print copy!


Library 101: How Do I…

Check out the poster below for some helpful how-to guides!


Falvey Offers Grove Art Online

By Laurie Ortiz Rivera

Falvey Library provides access to Grove Art Online, a product from Oxford University Press. Grove Art is an authority on visual arts, offering global coverage in collaboration with thousands of scholars and specialists worldwide. Through a single gateway, users can access, and cross-search art reference works including:

It has a search engine with sophisticated filtering options to refine by source, type, subject, and availability, with the possibility to save, print, or share articles. In addition to the vast number of entries (30,000 signed and peer-reviewed articles accompanied by images, bibliographies, and links to additional resources contributed by nearly 7,000 international scholars), Grove Art features learning resources (subject guides, timelines, and resources for educators designed by the Museum of Modern Art, NY) for use in art and art history classrooms.

Please, send us your feedback, and remember that you can request a new resource for the library. Feel free to contact Laurie Ortiz-Rivera, History and Art History Subject Librarian, if you need more information.

Photo of Laurie Ortiz-Rivera, Social Science Librarian.Laurie Ortiz Rivera, PhD, is Social Sciences Librarian at Falvey Library.






New Resource: Pitchbook

Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash

By Linda Hauck

Villanova faculty and students now have access to Pitchbook. Pitchbook provides data on companies, investors, and deals in the private equity and venture capital space.

Pitch book offers screeners for companies, deals, funds, investors, and service providers. These are not your typical screeners limited to filtering by geography, profitability, and industry.  The screeners are much more granular than most, including specialized criteria relevant to rapidly evolving businesses with deal types, debt characteristics, web and social media metrics, verticals, and patent holdings, to name a few.

The Pitchbook Library Research Center has reports on industries, technologies, and public and private market performance and benchmarks. Here, you’ll find surveys on sustainable investment, European M&A activity, and reports on agtech and food as medicine. Pitchbook is the best tool at our disposal for learning about emerging businesses. If you’re looking for firms working on renewable ocean energy, youth banking, anti-aging, smart packaging, or cannabis beverages, browsing the emerging spaces will get you there.

Use cases for Pitchbook include business development and marketing, tracking competitors investments, environmental scans for innovative products and services, finding potential investors,  analyzing industry and vertical trends, and finding Villanova alumni.

Access Pitchbook with your Villanova email address.  Downloading is limited and regrettably our subscription does not include live support, the mobile app or Excel add on.


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


Dig Deeper: Sinéad O’Connor

Sinéad O'Connor. Image courtesy of Michel Linssen (Getty Images).

Sinéad O’Connor. Image courtesy of Michel Linssen (Getty Images).

“Maybe it was mean, but I really don’t think so. You asked for the truth and I told you.”— Sinéad O’Connor

Shuhada’ Sadaqat (previously Magda Davitt), known professionally as Sinéad O’Connor, Grammy Award-winning artist, passed away Wednesday, July 26, at the age of 56. The Irish singer-songwriter was known for her “powerful, evocative voice” and her “political provocations onstage and off.”

O’Connor was discovered by Paul Byrne, a drummer with ties to the Irish band U2, when she sang “Evergreen,” the theme from A Star Is Born at a wedding. She would go on to release 10 studio albums. Her breakout album, 1990’s “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” included O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The album won O’Connor a Grammy Award in 1991 for best alternative music performance.

Through her life, O’Connor spoke out against abuse in the Catholic Church, social injustice, commercialism, and misogyny in the music industry. She was also an advocate for mental health. Never backing down in her convictions, which “became increasingly erratic” towards the end of her life, O’Connor “rarely shrank from controversy, but it often came with consequences for her career.” As she stated in her memoir, “Everyone wants a pop star, see?…But I am a protest singer. I just had stuff to get off my chest. I had no desire for fame.” O’Connor did just that, as Dave Holmes writes in Esquire, “Ireland on the day of Sinéad’s death is vastly different from the country she was born into…A once-repressive country has become one of the world’s most progressive.”

Dig deeper to learn more about O’Connor.

Falvey Library Resources:

Additional Resources:


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.




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Libraries Go to Hollywood: The Mummy

Famous Hollywood Hills in California, USA. Hollywood Sign. California Photo Collection.


By Kallie Stahl 

This summer Falvey Library is going to the movies! Well, we’re using our beloved Library’s resources to research the coolest film scenes set in libraries. So grab a seat and a box of popcorn because the we’re going to look at when libraries go to Hollywood.

The Mummy (1999) cinematic poster.

The Mummy (Universal Pictures). Image courtesy of IMDB.

Yes, the 1999 cinematic masterpiece starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

The Mummy has a bit of everything…adventure, horror, comedy, and romance. The film is one of the last “action-adventure” films produced before the rise of the superhero blockbuster. Not overly dramatic or serious, the show never gets too dark, offering audiences plenty of opportunities to laugh despite the ongoing conflict with the awakened mummy, Imhotep.

While The Mummy doesn’t feature an iconic library (like the University of Pennsylvania’s Fisher Fine Arts Library in the film Philadelphia), books play a crucial role throughout the movie. One of the main characters, Evelyn “Evy” Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), is a librarian and aspiring Egyptologist working in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities. The introduction to the character is a fun scene, as she accidently knocks over every bookshelf in the museum’s library.

Books drive the storyline, as Evy, her brother Jonathan (John Hannah), and Richard “Rick” O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) travel to the lost city of Hamunaptra to find the book of Amun-Ra. On their trip, Evy reads a page from the Book of the Dead, which resurrects the mummy. Not to spoil too much of the plot, but Evy’s ability to read hieroglyphs proves helpful in solving the mummy’s mystery (“Take that, Bembridge scholars!”) You can watch the movie using Falvey’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Looking for more libraries featured on film? Explore the resources below.

Libraries on film in Falvey’s collection:

More movies featuring libraries via Interlibrary Loan:

Want to win a cool “Falvey Says Read” tee shirt? Email your favorite movie library to, and we’ll pick a winner at random!




Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.





This Blog’s Everything. He’s Just Ken.

By Kallie Stahl 

To quote the band Aqua, “I’m a Barbie Girl, in a Barbie world.”

If you’ve read Shawn Proctor’s blog, or you’ve seen the numerous memes surrounding this summer’s biggest rival, then you know it’s Oppenheimer vs. Barbie. Proctor covered Christopher Nolan’s film on Wednesday, and I felt Barbie deserved equal coverage. After all, she’s everything. He’s just Ken.

"Barbie" film poster. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Short Review:

Both films hit theatres Friday, July 21. I didn’t score tickets to an early screening of Barbie (as Proctor did with Oppenheimer), so I’ll leave the review to Manohla Dargis of the New York Times:

“Like Air, Ben Affleck’s recent movie about how Nike signed Michael Jordan, as well as other entertainments tethered to their consumer subjects, Barbie can only push so hard. These movies can’t damage the goods, though I’m not sure most viewers would want that; our brands, ourselves, after all. That said, [director] Greta Gerwig does much within the material’s inherently commercial parameters, though it isn’t until the finale — capped by a sharply funny, philosophically expansive last line — that you see the Barbie that could have been. Gerwig’s talents are one of this movie’s pleasures, and I expect that they’ll be wholly on display in her next one — I just hope that this time it will be a house of her own wildest dreams.”

View Barbie showtimes here.

The Story Behind the Movie:

Fast facts courtesy of and USA Today:

  • Barbie was created by Mattel in 1959 (Ken joined her in 1961).
  • Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler (Mattel was co-founded by Handler and her husband Elliot).
  • The initial idea for Barbie came to Handler after watching her daughter play with paper dolls.
  • Barbie was modeled after the Bild Lilli doll (Mattel bought the rights to the doll and made their own).
  • Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts (named after Handler’s daughter, Barbara. Ken is named after her son, Kenneth).
  • Her birthday is March 9, 1959, the day she was unveiled to the toy industry during New York Toy Fair.
  • Barbie is from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin.
  • Her first outfit? Black-and-white striped swimsuit.
  • Barbie’s signature color is Barbie Pink (PMS 219).
  • She’s had over 250 different occupations.
  • It takes more than 100 people to create a Barbie doll and her fashions.
  • Barbie is the most popular fashion doll ever produced and the No. 1 fashion doll property.
  • More than 100 Barbie dolls are sold every minute.
  • The best-selling Barbie doll? The 1992 Totally Hair™ Barbie.
  • Over 18 billion minutes of Barbie user-generated content is created every year.

Further Reading with Falvey Library Resources:


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Some of her favorite Barbie dolls of the 90’s: Bead Blast Barbie Doll, Olympic Gymnast Barbie Doll, Movin’ Groovin’ Barbie Doll, and Dorothy Barbie Doll (The Wizard of Oz). 



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