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New Guide to Finding Film Reviews

By Susan Turkel

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Are you taking a film studies class… or just looking for a good movie to watch on Friday night? Depending on your interest, come to (virtual) Falvey for help finding a film review or some film criticism!

The library has put together a guide to finding both reviews of movies (typically found in newspapers, magazines, and on websites), and works of film criticism, which are scholarly works on films and filmmakers that are usually found in scholarly books and journals.

Film reviews are usually published soon after a film or DVD is released. They describe the film and provide some sort of evaluation, to help potential viewers decide whether to watch the movie. Film criticism or film critique is more analytical, and may include references to film theory and other kinds of literary or cultural theory.

The Finding Film Reviews guide offers links to free websites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, which collate film reviews and provide “what to watch” lists. The guide also provides links and search tips for using library-subscribed academic resources that delve into film studies scholarship.

This guide and many others are linked from the Library’s How-to Guides list, which is linked under Research Services at the top of every page. You’ll find tips there on finding information in various formats, getting your scholarship published, annotating PDFs, using e-books, and more.

As a reminder: Falvey offers access to thousands of streaming films for your edification and viewing pleasure! Please visit the Streaming Video at Falvey guide for more information.

If you need more help finding film reviews, film critiques, or any other type of information, please contact your friendly librarian. We are always happy to help!

 


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

 

 

 


 


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New JSTOR Security Studies Collection Has a Broad Interdisciplinary Appeal

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By Regina Duffy

In order to support faculty and student scholars who continue to work remotely into the summer, Falvey recently added JSTOR’s Security Studies to its growing list of new and expanding resources. This database has broad interdisciplinary appeal and is useful to those interested not only in the study of criminology and sociology, but also to those who focus on political science, cultural studies, peace and justice studies, history, law, technology, and global interdisciplinary studies.

JSTOR Security Studies contains journals, book chapters, research reports, and pamphlets—all of which can be downloaded or saved as full-text PDFs. Some topics in the database include “geopolitics,” “cybersecurity,” “food justice,” “economic security,” and “war crimes,” just to name a few. There are tons of topics to browse, whether you are a scholar or are simply interested in the many different facets of security studies.

In addition, JSTOR Security Studies also makes it super convenient for scholars to cite works. When viewing an item, users can simply click “cite this item” and they are offered citations for the piece in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style formats that can be copied directly from the source. Export citation tools are also provided if needed.  However, please note that our expert subject librarians suggest that you always double-check your citations as the software occasionally makes mistakes.

JSTOR Security Studies is a new temporary resource that was added to the collection to support the Villanova Community as part of the Library’s response to COVID-19. The database will be available until June 30, 2020.

If you need help using this or any other database, please reach out to our reference librarians, who are available Monday- Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to assist you. They can be reached by via Live Chat or email at ref@villanova.edu.

Don’t miss out on this very useful and easy-to-use resource!

 


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager 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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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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A Look at New Cambridge Histories Added in 2019

By Jutta Seibert

The Cambridge Histories Online collection has crossed the 350-volume threshold in the past year with the addition of 16 new volumes. The popular platform houses nearly all the Cambridge History series, except for the first three series, the Cambridge Modern History, the Cambridge Medieval History, and the first edition of the Cambridge Ancient History, which were superseded by later editions.

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London: The Macmillan Co, 1904.

It all began in 1896 when the syndics of Cambridge University Press approached Lord Acton, then Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University, with the idea of creating a history of the world. Lord Acton agreed to take on the project but narrowed its scope to the modern world, beginning with the Renaissance. And so, the venerable survey series that continues to this day was born.

While responsible for much of the planning of the series, Lord Acton passed away before the first volume was printed in 1902. Josef Altholz’s article “Lord Acton and the Plan of the Cambridge Modern History” in the Historical Journal tells the story of the project that, over time, morphed into the Cambridge History Online archive. Lord Acton’s Cambridge Modern History, which has since been superseded by the New Cambridge Modern History, can be accessed through Hathi Trust, as the work has passed into the public domain.

Among the new volumes published in 2019 is the three-volume Cambridge History of the American Civil War, edited by Aaron Sheehan-Dean, PhD, Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies at Louisiana State University. The first volume focuses on military affairs, the second on affairs of the state, and the third on affairs of the people.

Logophiles will fall in love with The Cambridge World History of Lexicography, edited by John Considine, DPhil, Professor of Arts, English, and Film Studies at University of Alberta. The work explores the histories of the compilation of dictionaries through time and space. It focuses mostly on languages with a well-established dictionary traditions including most European languages, Hebrew, Arabic, and the major East Asian languages. Several chapters on missionary traditions deal with Western efforts to codify languages lacking an established writing system through grammars and dictionaries. It also covers dictionary traditions in the ancient world. English language dictionaries are surveyed in two chapters, one of them dealing with standard varieties of English and the influential Oxford English Dictionary. American English and the influence of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language are examined in the chapter about regional varieties of English.

The scope of the Cambridge History of Travel Writing, edited by Nandini Das, PhD, Professor of English Literature at University of Liverpool, and Tim Youngs, PhD, Professor at Nottingham Trent University, is breathtaking. The 36 chapters explore travel writing from the ancient world through today and cover all five continents. A chapter on polar travel is incorporated in Part 3 – Perspectives on Travel Writing. Topical approaches to travel writing include chapters on ecocriticism, tourism, and wilderness. Also noteworthy are the contributions about the different forms of travel writing, ranging from poetry and fiction to diaries and digital expressions.

Expect the archive to continue to grow this year. Planned volumes include a world history of violence, a history of medieval monasticism, and a history of the Gothic.

 


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

 



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Discover Amazing Historical Treasures with AM Explorer

The Library has trial access to the complete Adam Matthew digital archive until December 14. The archive includes over sixty unique digital collections spanning from the 15th to the 21st century. Contents include documents, manuscripts, letters, historical books, newspapers, magazines, films, images, posters, and audio files. All collections are curated by academic editorial boards and include contextual essays written by recognized scholars and in some cases video interviews. These introductory materials facilitate access to the collections for undergraduate students. The sheer size of the archive makes it impossible to describe it in a short blog post. The collections highlighted here are by no means representative. Interested readers can find a complete list of available collections online.

Socialism on Film (1918-1988) is a collection of newsreels, documentaries, and feature films from the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the former GDR, China, Vietnam, Korea, and Latin America. Sourced from the archives of the British Film Institute, this collection features the films gathered by British communist Stanley Forman. The films in the collection are dubbed in English for distribution in the West. Scholars can assemble their own playlists and link to preselected snapshots or excerpts of each film. They can also create their own custom clips. Each film includes a transcript. For example, the Lenin & the Russian Revolution sub-collection “features over 80 documentary and feature films that present and explore the dramatic rise of communism and formation of the Soviet Union under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin. Created to bolster and celebrate the communist cause, as well as to kindle and ignite the political passions of new generations of revolutionaries, these films make for powerful propaganda tools.” [Excerpt from the collection description] Denise J. Youngblook (University of Vermont) contributed an essay on “The Soviet Documentary and Cold War Propaganda” to the collection.

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Under the Banner of Peace, 1969, Moscow Popular Science Film Studio.

The Food and Drink in History collection was sourced from a wide range of institutions world-wide including two local archives: The Winterthur Library and the Hagley Museum & Library. Primary sources in the collection range from the 16th century to the early 21st century and include a variety of formats such as cookbooks, food marketing materials, trade cards, food labels, and cooking magazines. Beth M. Forrest (Culinary Institute of America) contributed an essay that discusses “Performing History Through Food: Interpreting Recipes and Cookbooks.”

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Save Waste Fats for Explosives, poster, color, 20 x 28 in., USGPO, 1943.

Everyday Life & Women in America “comprises thousands of fully searchable images of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes. The collection is especially rich in conduct of life and domestic management literature, offering vivid insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.” [Excerpt from the collection description] The primary sources featured in this collection come from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History at Duke University and The New York Public Library. Judith Mattson Bean contributed an essay about “Women Talking about Themselves: Changing Discourse in American Advice Literature.”

Race Relations in America explores “three pivotal decades in the struggle for civil rights in America through the eyes and work of sociologists, activists, psychologists, teachers, ministers, students and housewives. Sourced from the records of the Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, housed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, this resource provides access to a wealth of documents highlighting different responses to the challenges of overcoming prejudice, segregation and racial tensions. These range from survey material, including interviews and statistics, to educational pamphlets, administrative correspondence, and photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes.” [Excerpt from the collection description] The collection includes an interactive chronology and a map that allows the reader to identify primary sources by geographic location. An essay by Katrina M. Sanders (University of Iowa) delineates the history of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University.

Race Relations in America Map

A word of warning before you start exploring the Adam Matthew Explorer archive. Don’t enter unless you have plenty of free time on hand. It is easy to lose track of time and get lost in the wealth of primary sources. Contact Jutta Seibert (jutta.seibert@villanova.edu) if you would like to recommend the complete archive or selected collections for acquisition. Trial access to the archive will be available until December 14. The link to the collection is available under Databases A-Z on the Library website for the duration of the trial: http://www.am-explorer.com/. Enter PALCI2019 as user name and as password.


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Trial Access to Sage Videos Business & Management

Falvey is currently offering a trial to Sage Videos Business & Management until October 30, 2019.  This video collection compliments Sage Business Cases as a teaching tool with videos covering a wide range of business topics across the spectrum of formats including:

  • Brief interviews
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Full length documentaries

Full videos or clips can be easily embedded into learning management systems.

Please contact Linda Hauck (linda.hauck@villanova.edu) if you think this video collection would be a valuable resource.


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ESRI Business Analyst Online

The Library is making Esri Business Analyst Online (BAO) available to the entire campus.  Esri is the market leader in ArcGIS software for mapping data. Esri BAO is a web based product designed for siting optimization and comparisons.  With it,  one can analyze the demographic characteristics and market potential of selected locations or geographies.  The underlying data sets are drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Directory of Major Malls, Gfk MRI Consumer Surveys, Market Planning Solutions traffic counts, and Esri Tapestry Segmentation. Use Esri BAO for solving these common business problems:

  • Identify promising new store locations
  • Compare locations
  • Refine understanding of local markets to target campaigns

 

The user interface is relatively intuitive, but helpful documentation with video guides are embedded within the product to facilitate use.  Both reports and maps can be generated.

When we learned that the  Department of Geography and Environment’s site license for desktop use could be extended at no additional cost to include web access, we coordinated with Guillaume Turcotte, GIS Laboratory Technician and Instructor, and he made the access happen.  Thank you, Guillaume!

Esri Business Analyst Online is available on the Databases A-Z list and select subject guides.  To access, authenticate with your LDAP,  and create a personal user name and password linked to your Villanova email address.


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Chronicle of Philanthropy Online

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is recognized as the premier trade publication for charitable fund raising.  Falvey Library has had access to the full text of top line articles in the Chronicle via Academic Onefile and Lexis Nexis, but coverage wasn’t complete or timely.  Now, we are pleased to make available access to the Chronicle of Philanthropy Online.

This enhanced version of the Chronicle includes up to the minute news, and podcasts on everything from managing small nonprofits to tips for fund raising on social media platforms.  We now have access to reports of interest to the nonprofit world such as How Americans of Different Generations Give to Charity. Searchable databases on executive compensation, individual donors and corporate giving are available, as is a business services directory and job postings search engine.

Business students consulting for nonprofits, students interested in starting a career in a charitable services organization and professionals with fund raising responsibilities will all find the Chronicle of Philanthropy a useful addition to their toolkit.  Just login to the Chronicle via the library Databases A-Z page and unlock their premium content!


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Falvey offers Mango Languages

Business students destined to study abroad in Rome, Madrid or China; Engineering students headed to Honduras or mangoNicaraga for service learning; Nursing students doing practicums in Peru or field experience in Ireland; and Arts and Sciences students studying abroad will all benefit from the library’s new subscription to Mango Languages.  This language learning program is ideal for students studying abroad because it is portable and freely available to Villanova community members with an internet connection (the mobile app is in development).

To take full advantage of  Mango, create a profile.  Working within your profile rather than anonymously allows the program to track your progress.  Each of the 12 languages offered by Mango (Hindi, Italian, Latin American Spanish, German, French, Mandarin, Arabic, Hebrew, Irish, Russian, Portuguese and Japanese)  includes chapters covering greetings, travel, shopping, dining, seeking emergency assistance, and asking questions to expand your vocabulary.  This conversational program covers vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and etiquette.  Visual learners will  appreciate the text based phonetic spellings, while auditory learners will value the voice comparison tool.

Mango Languages is not a substitute for studying a language in-depth, but  is is an ideal way to get started learning a language!  Connect to Mango from the area studies and language Subject Guides or from Databases A-Z.


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