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Revitalize Your Research at the 2020 Falvey Forum

Revitalize your research at the first Falvey Forum—Drawn from Falvey Library’s brown bag lunch workshops, this two-day, six-session virtual event will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. Register for one or multiple sessions (outlined below) on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

“Falvey Forum 2020 represents the best of our research workshops (which can be requested on demand by faculty and departments) rolled into two fun and interesting days. This is an exciting opportunity for Villanova students, faculty and staff as well as members of the general public to deepen their understanding of great academic tools and discover new techniques to meet their research goals,” Rob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian.

The conference is free and open to Villanova faculty, students, staff, and community members. Visit the Falvey Forum homepage for more details and to register for sessions:

Conference Workshops


Citation Wrangling—Presenter: Sarah Hughes (11 a.m.—12 p.m.)

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero to save, organize, and share references.

Data Visualization with Tableau—Presenter: Erica Hayes (12:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.)

This session will provide a gentle introduction to how to use Tableau Desktop Public, a free software that allows individuals to publish interactive data visualizations and graphs on the web.

Copyright and Publishing 101 — Presenter: Sarah Wipperman (1:45—3:00)       

Academia is full of copyright and publishing questions that are often difficult to answer: Can I use this image in my work? What can I do with my work once it’s published? What does that agreement I signed actually say? Can I post my work on a certain website?


Beyond the Archive—Presenter: Beaudry Allen (11 a.m.—12:00 p.m.)

The archive is not a passive, neutral institution, but an active ever-evolving site where social power and memory is negotiated, challenged, and confirmed. This session will explore the history of diversity and social justice on Villanova’s campus through material from the University Archives and illustrate how archival practices and bias shape memory.  It’s is also an opportunity to learn how to do research in an archive.

Storytelling and GIS—Presenter: Erica Hayes (12:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.)

While maps have been around for centuries, the digital age has given them new meaning. GIS software offers users the potential to visualize, analyze, and tell spatial stories. In this session, you will learn more about ArcGIS Online and Esri Story Maps, a web mapping application that allows you to combine GIS maps, text, images, and video to tell your own geographic story.

Sharing Your Work: Academic Social Networking Sites and Beyond—Presenters: Sarah Wipperman and Dr. Janice Bially Mattern (1:45—3 p.m.)     

Social media sites like Twitter and other online platforms make sharing your work, networking, and raising your visibility easier than ever. But which sites and platforms are most effective? Is it worth the effort? Where should you start? Join Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sarah Wipperman, and Director of Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship, Dr. Janice Bially Mattern, to learn the techniques and social norms of using these platforms to increase your visibility.

Questions? Contact Rob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian.



Freedom To Read: Celebrate Banned Book Week with These “Most Challenged” Books From Falvey Memorial Library

American Library Association's poster announcing Banned Books Week 2020.

Banned Books Week commenced yesterday! Beginning in the early 1980s, the annual event, celebrated the last week of September, spotlights “current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.” Show your support for”the freedom to read” and checkout these frequently challenged titles available at Falvey Memorial Library.

The titles listed below are featured in the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” lists spanning from 2001-2019. “Lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary reports sent to the Office for Intellectual Freedom from communities across the U.S.

Books are accessible through Falvey’s contactless pickup—those available as e-books are indicated below.

For more information about Banned Books Week visit the American Library Association’s website. Looking for a specific title not available at Falvey Memorial Library? Villanova students, staff, and faculty can use the E-ZBorrow service to request print materials from regional libraries. Chat with a librarian during business hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for inquires regarding Falvey Library’s collection.

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





Dig Deeper: Constitution Day

By Merrill Stein

Thursday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day—celebrating the historic date in 1787 when the Constitutional Convention delegates signed the United States Constitution. Dig deeper and explore the resources below for a meaningful observance of the holiday.

Constitution related notes:

Dig deeper:

Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.






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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


Library Trial to Maney Publishing Journals

Until June 7, Falvey has a trial subscription to Maney Publishing’s Philosophy, Religion and Theology journal collection. We have access to current issues and backfiles of nineteen journals:


Black Theology

Comparative and Continental Philosophy

Critical Horizons

Journal of Adult Theological Education

Journal of Critical Realism

Journal for the Study of Spirituality

Medieval Mystical Theology

The New Bioethics

Political Theology

Practical Theology


Reformation & Renaissance Review

Rural Theology

Theology & Sexuality

Journal of Chinese Religions


The Linacre Quarterly

Medieval Sermon Studies

Palestine Exploration Quarterly


I’d greatly appreciate any feedback you might have about these. Please send any comments to: I’ll also send around a survey at the end of the trial.



Looking for an Ethics Topic?

By Robert LeBlanc

Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints Resources in Context is a great place to start your ethical research. The Opposing Viewpoints database provides a complete overview of both sides of numerous ethical issues through viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, web site links, geographic maps, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

The comprehensive search box allows users to search for specific resource types or conduct a keyword search on a wide variety of current social issues. Additionally, users can browse issues which are divided into broad subcategories, such as Law and Politics, Energy and Environmentalism or Health and Medicine, each featuring a long list of discipline-specific topics.

Each topic’s subject page features article links, website lists and “viewpoints,” which are themselves comprehensive, well-referenced resources written by authorities in their field. Additional information about each ethical topic can be cross-referenced in the comprehensive Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics.

The biggest strength of Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints is context: nearly every ethical topic covered in the database is placed in a modern, current context allowing users to integrate their own understanding and experience with the issues they are researching. Current issues such as Fracking, Biofuels and the Arab Spring Movement are all covered in depth and include fresh commentary on these new social controversies. Whether you already have a topic in mind or need a fresh new idea for an academic project, Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great place to start your ethics paper research.

To navigate to the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database, go to the Databases A-Z link located in the lower left corner of the Falvey Memorial Library homepage, click databases beginning with “O”, and select the Opposing Viewpoints link.

More ethics-related resources can be found at the library’s Ethics Subject Guide (located under the “Guides” tab at the top of the library homepage). If you would like to know more about this resource contact, Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience and Ethics Liaison Librarian at or 610-51 9-7778.


Ethical Dilemmas in a Brave New World

Eagerly awaited and long overdue, the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics is now available online through the library’s website. Over one hundred new articles address ethical topics which emerged since the publication of the first critically acclaimed edition in 1998. Browsing through the table of contents, the interested reader encounters a brave new world expressed in neologisms such as Savior Siblings, Genetic Exceptionalism, and Open Source Software, terminology which largely did not exist back in 1998. The fields of medical research and practice are well represented throughout the Encyclopedia with a strong emphasis on genetics. Interesting articles in the field of genetics include the new entries on the Human Genome Project, Genetic Ancestry, Genetics & Insurance, and Genetics & Crime. By comparison, the 1998 edition has a single entry on genetics.

Noteworthy among the new entries are articles on the Problem of Evil, Cyborgs, Obesity, Transhumanism, Global Public Goods and the Just War Theory. About thirty entries have been omitted from the new edition of the Encyclopedia. Missing from the new edition are Sexual Harassment, Corporal Punishment and Health Care Financing to name but a few examples. The Library will retain the first edition to ensure continued access to these materials.

The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics is ideally suited for undergraduate students. Each article delivers a thorough introduction to its topic and concludes with a recommended reading list. Students may also browse the table of contents to generate ideas for topics. Some of the new entries in the Encyclopedia will be of special interest to undergraduate students who grew up with Facebook (Social Networking Sites) and Reality TV. Both topics have been added to the Encyclopedia.

Contributing authors are scholars and practitioners in the field. Each article includes a glossary and cross references which refer the reader to related articles. Articles can be read online, emailed or downloaded as pdf files. Entries include a convenient link to related peer-reviewed journal articles on the Science Direct platform. The new edition of the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics is available online. Links to the online content can be found in the Library’s catalog as well as on the Ethics Research Guide.

Questions or comments? Contact me directly ( or post your comments online.



Last Modified: August 8, 2012