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Bloomsbury History: Theory & Method on Trial

By Jutta Seibert

Bloomsbury History: Theory & Method is a brand new digital resource dedicated to historiography and the examination of historical theory and methods using a global approach. It features cutting-edge scholarship in the form of exclusive articles contributed by historians from 25 different countries. At the core of the collection are the recently published four-volume survey Historiography: Critical Readings edited by Q. Edward Wang and 100 essays that explore key concepts, thinkers, debates, and methods as well as a small selection of classical texts that shaped the discipline. Examples of topics include medievalism, social movements, agency, causality, microhistory, environmental history, and public history to name just a few. The collection also features digital access to more than 60 previously published monographs and essay collections that focus on historiography, theory and methods. Included are the following titles:

New content will be added continuously in the coming years. Trial access will be available until October 22, 2021. A link to the collection is available on the Library’s Databases A-Z list under B. Get in touch if you would like to recommend this resources for the Library’s permanent collection.

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




Database Trial: Access World News

By Susan Turkel

Falvey Memorial Library is hosting a trial to Access World News, a full-text gateway to articles from local, regional, and international newspapers and magazines, as well as television and radio transcripts. It combines full-text articles, web-only content, and PDF image editions into a single interface, and includes both archival and current content.

Access World News offers more than 12,000 different news sources, including the Philadelphia Inquirer (full images of every page since 2018, and full text since 1981), NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Miami Herald, the Jerusalem Post, and the Irish Times. It excels in providing local news, and offers more than 300 Pennsylvania news sources, including the Main Line Times, State College’s Centre Daily Times, the Reading Eagle, Philadelphia Magazine, and a variety of college and university newspapers. Explore the full title list.

Browse Access World News by location

Search the full database, or browse by location, by date, or by topic. The front page allows you to view a world map and navigate to a country or state, seeing the list of news sources from that region as you focus your inquiry. If you need help thinking of a topic, use the subject browser that allows you to drill down through a series of layers to get to a useful list of articles on a timely subject.

Explore Access World News and let us know what you think! We simultaneously have trials to two competing news databases, Factiva and ProQuest’s Global Newsstream. Please take a moment to share your feedback on these resources with the library. The trials run through Sept. 30, 2021, and all of these resources will be available from the Databases A-Z list during the trial period.

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


Join The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a Conversation Series on Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility”

Image of the book cover for "White Fragility." Part of the Living Race—Transforming Community campaign, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) will be hosting a conversation series during the month of July. The series will focus on Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility. There are several opportunities to join the discussion:

  • Facilitated small group conversation based on an interview with Robin DiAngelo (July 8, 12-1 p.m.)
  • Community-wide podcast with Dr. Alex Iannucci, ODEI and Dr. Hibba Abugideiri, History (July 15, 12-1:30 p.m.)
  • Facilitated small group conversation based on chapter 12 of the book (July 22, 12-1 p.m.)

Please register and a Zoom link with additional information will be forwarded to you. This series, sponsored by ODEI and Falvey Memorial Library is free and open to the Villanova University community. We look forward to engaging with you.

Visit the ODEI webpage for more information on Villanova’s diversity initiatives and campus resources. Explore DiAngelo’s work and scholarship on her website. Please contact with any questions about the series.




Last Modified: July 1, 2020

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