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Digital Karl Barth Library

Now available via the library Web site: The writings of Swiss-born Christian Karl Barth (1886-1968) had an enormous impact on the development of systematic theology in the twentieth century and have left a lasting effect on ways to think about God and the world. A theologian from the Reform tradition, Barth transcended Calvinism and was a significant contributor to the Protestant “neo-orthodoxy” and anti-Nazi confessing church movements.

In more than 600 written works, he touches on many aspects of faith and life, particularly the tension between the absolute transcendence of God and an engaged Christo-centric life. The concept of revelation, especially in relationship to Jesus Christ and the Christian scriptures, was also a major focus for Barth.

Access to the online compilation of the works of Barth including The Church Dogmatics in English with the original Die kirchliche Dogmatik; the 43 volumes of Barth’s Gesamtausgabe; additional works in German; and English translations of specific texts, with new content added quarterly.

by Darren Poley


OECD Statistics, Books & Periodicals

source_oecd_factbookIf you came to love the free beta SourceOECD with it’s fabulous access to international statistics, books and reports and mourned it’s loss when free access was terminated, have we got good news for you! Falvey Memorial Library has been able to subscribe to the full compliment of SourceOECD resources.

OECDStat (the statistical component) is an interactive database of comparable international data on everything from aid to welfare. Both OECD and non-OECD country data are often included. The time series data are customizable and downloadable to Excel or text files for statistical packages. This resource is ideal for students working on theses and faculty research with global comparative components.

Over two dozen periodicals published by the OECD are available in full text. Many of the articles in these periodicals are indexed elsewhere in article databases such as EconLit, ABI Inform, and PAIS International. Periodical titles are also discoverable from our catalog or E-Journals by Title.

All of the books and working papers published by the OECD since 1998 are also included in our subscription. Students of geography, public policy and economics will find a wealth of information and analysis here. OECD country studies cover everything from taxation to social issues, technology and industry. Stand alone comparitive studies on controversial topics such as health care delivery, migration policy, genetic testing, work and family life balance, educational finance policy, corporate social responsibility and urban redevelopment to name a few will be helpful for persuasive papers and presentations. The thousands of OECD books included in the collection can not be found in our catalog, there are only available via the SourceOECD database.

We’re hoping that this resource will become a favorite for freshmen and faculty alike. SourceOECD is available in it’s entirety via Databases A-Z, and select Subject pages. Let us know what you think!


See, Experience & Study Counseling Sessions

The Counseling and Therapy In Video database is now available. It is a searchable online collection of hours of video helpful for those in the fields of counseling, psychology, social work and psychotherapy. It includes counseling sessions and demonstrations which are produced specifically for educational training (actual, re-enacted, and scripted). The consultations and lectures by experts outline therapeutic approaches and issues affecting the mental health field. The teaching and discussion guides are downloadable. Among the different ways to search include client details such as age and gender, conditions and symptoms, therapeutic method and subjects such as divorce.

This guide to the database shows how to make clips on page 8 and how to create playlists on pages 9-10. Sample search topics are on page 13.


CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online now accessible

Access to CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online, one of IPSAportal’s top 300 websites for political science, is now available.  Visit the library homepage, under Databases A-Z, or at

CIAO is a resource that aggregates dispersed content about theory and research in international affairs. CIAO includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, full-text journal articles and policy briefs, and teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.

Search results can be sorted by date and relevance. CIAO also supports advanced searching capability, provides links to international affairs Internet sources, and offers a monthly “focus” feature containing resources and links about a current topic in the news.  All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.

A brief user guide is available at

A broad overview of CIAO content is available at


UpToDate — New Nursing resource

Evidence based, peer reviewed information resource for clinicians, allowing them to answer questions quickly, increase their clinical knowledge and improve patient care. IMPORTANT ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS FOR VILLANOVA UNIV USERS: Please click UpToDate link located in the “Databases, A-Z” list or under Subject Guides — Nursing on the library homepage. Once connected, click “Search” and then confirm agreement with terms of use.


African American Studies Center Online: Featured resource for Black History Month

The database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies.

At its core, AASC features:

  • the new Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895
  • Black Women in America
  • the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience
  • African American National Biography project (estimated at 8 volumes)
  • the Encyclopedia of African American Art and Architecture
  • In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford’s reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works.

    (According to the terms of our contract, note that no more than 100 pages may be downloaded at a time.)


CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection

The CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection  is organized into six categories of presidential elections, congressional elections, gubernatorial elections, campaigns and elections, political parties and voters and demographics generally covering from 1789 to the present.   Includes candidate and office histories, seat status and competition, special elections, maps, bibliographies, encyclopedic information, chronology, definitions and sources and web links.  Supports scholarly research in political science, particularly American Government, campaigns and elections, Congress, the presidency, and American history.

  • Presidential Elections includes explanations of the presidential electoral process, analyses and data for historical and modern presidential elections, modern voting behavior, key events and issues, and biographies.
  • Congressional Elections provides explanations of the congressional electoral process, including reapportionment and redistricting; data for historical and modern congressional elections; analyses of modern congressional elections; modern voting behavior; modern district profiles; key events and issues; and biographies.
  • Gubernatorial Elections presents explanations of the gubernatorial electoral process and data for historical and modern gubernatorial elections. 
  • Campaigns and Elections explores the American system of voting and elections, electoral process and reform, media, interest groups, and the impact of money.
  • Political Parties covers the party system in America, including party strength and control, and profiles Democratic, Republican, and third parties.
  • Voters and Demographics covers expansion of voting rights, voter turnout, voting behavior, modern county census data, and modern district profiles.


e-Codes from International Code Council (Civil Engineering)

Civil Engineering students and faculty will be pleased to have electronic access to a collection of the International Code Council’s reference works.  E-Codes Premium include the full text of the most recent versions of the International Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code as well as pertinent titles from the Code of Federal Regulations.  With this new resource you can do simple keyword searches, browse the table of contents, print and make notes in the text.  You can link to this resource from the Engineering subject page, E-Reference Resources and the library catalog.


Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style Online incorporates the popular Chicago Style Q&A, a resource that thousands have found as entertaining as it is informative.

The Q&A content is fully searchable along with the content of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Your queries will return results—clearly distinguishable—from both the Manual and the Chicago Style Q&A. (Publisher’s notes)


MRI+ University Internet Reporter

MRI+ is an outstanding research tool every marketing major will want to add to his or her toolbox.  Based on a national consumer survey this database allows you to generate reports on user demographics and media exposure keyed to products.  Product summary reports can also be used to calculate market share by user or volume consumed for product catagories or brands.

Before you get started with MRI+, you need to create an individual user name and password with your Villanova email address.  This resource is only compatible with the Internet Explorer browser (sorry Firefox and Safari users).


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