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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!

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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.


Enter Falvey’s Data Visualization Competition—Show Us How You Use Data!

The Falvey Data Visualization Competition is a new program established in conjunction with our annual Love Data week celebration to recognize the various ways that data is used in Villanova scholarship. Winners will be selected from the pool of candidates by the Love Data committee based on set criteria, judging the utilization of data and visualizations to illustrate their research. This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from Villanova University. Presentations can be based on any type of data-related project that students have completed or are currently working on. Presentations can be submitted beginning Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. Questions? Contact Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.


Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, on “Illuminating Health Risks Facing Vulnerable Populations”

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Library for a talk by the 2023 Outstanding Faculty Research Award recipient, Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, AFN-C, FAAN, Professor & Coordinator Undergraduate Research, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, Villanova University. Dr. Dowdell will be giving a talk titled “Illuminating Health Risks Facing Vulnerable Populations: A Call to Action.”

Vulnerable populations have often experienced significant trauma and display high-risk behaviors which influence their health outcomes. Exploring the interrelationships among various forms of victimization, cyber aggression, and exposure to violence has led to new strategies for risk profiling and understanding perilous behaviors across the lifespan. Populations discussed will include infant abductions, victims of violence, high-risk online behaviors, mass shootings, missing and murdered Native American Indigenous women as a call to action in order to inform.

This ACS-approved event is part of the Scholarship@Villanova Lecture Series. It is co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Office of the Provost and is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.



Join us at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, November 10

Mark your calendars! Friday, November 10, 2023, is an important day on campus as we celebrate excellence in graduate and undergraduate research at Villanova University!

The Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) invites all to attend the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, November 10th from 1-4 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center! Undergraduates from all colleges who engaged in research will share their work with you and the Villanova community through poster and oral presentations on a variety of topics. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the research happening in our community. The fifth volume of Villanova’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, Veritas: Villanova Research Journal (VVRJ), will also be available at the symposium for all to enjoy.

For more information on the event, please visit our webpage or contact



Falvey Scholars 2023: Rohan Biscuitwala ’23 VSB & Thomas Haas ’23 VSB (Joint Project)

Photo by Andrew McKeough ’19

The Falvey Scholars Program, established in 2002, is an annual program by Falvey Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Award winners are selected from candidates nominated by Villanova faculty and reviewed by Library and University staff.

This year, we honor eight students for seven outstanding projects, which reflect the strength of Villanova’s undergraduate research as well as the support the Library provides through its expert staff, copious resources, and welcoming spaces.

We are introducing our scholars and covering their research in their own words. Look for additional coverage of Thomas and Rohan and their fellow Falvey Scholars in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Congratulations to all of our Falvey Scholars, past and present!

Rohan Biscuitwala ’23 VSB & Thomas Haas ’23 VSB (Joint Project)

Title: “Savor the Flavor: The Mediating Role of Emotions on the Relationship Between Flavor and Behavior”

Faculty Mentor: Aronte Bennett, PhD, Villanova School of Business

Describe your research in your own words.
Our project used empirical research methods to investigate the impact that gustatory experiences related to specific flavors have on emotional reactions. Primary results indicated the emergence of sweet flavors in certain emotions, including warm, secure, and calm, among others. The next phase of this study will include gathering alternative methods to priming flavors, and, later, observing how these emotional responses influence consumer behavior.

How did Falvey’s resources, databases, and spaces impact your research?
Falvey Library’s online database was one of the main sources we used in researching for this study, a part of the process that we have spent a great amount of time on with how little background we had coming in.

Psychinfo is one we particularly looked to quite a bit initially in researching multimodal sensory experiences that fuse in the brain, like smell and taste. This helped us start to form the actual hypothesis and ideate examples of what the experiment could look like, reviewing pre-existing studies in based on the sense of smell in journals found through said database. Past experience with the database from Competitive Effectiveness class gave us some idea of how to use it, but we now have a much greater appreciation for just how useful and expansive the knowledge contained within it can be.

How did the Library’s staff impact your research and academic experience?
Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, has also been a big help in our literature review process, pointing us in the right direction toward sources we could base the development of our research design on. Considering our general inexperience with research projects of this scale, any insight we could gain was extremely beneficial, so Mrs. Hauck’s assistance with the research process made a clear impact, especially in looking for example experiments to help brainstorm the set-up of our supplemental study.

This supplemental one will involve conducting an in-person field study, and Mrs. Hauck provided us with great resources as well as a guide on how to find more, allowing us to outline how this study should be designed. Something we have learned about the research project process is just how intensive review processes can be, so I am sure we would have overlooked something if not for the assistance of Falvey Library, between its help in creating a comprehensive literature review and unlocking ideas and best practices for conducting this study.

What’s next for you?

T.H.: The process shined a light on a career path that had not really given the time of day before. Perhaps my love of exploring new ideas can be fulfilled just as well in academia as it can in the market (or just on my own time). It has also sharpened my analytical and research skills, which will be useful in my career given my Business Analytics co-major and interest in that line of work.

R.B: The main reason I got into this research project was my curiosity for consumer behavior, and this experience has really built my passion for this subject, exposing me to great research pieces and allowing me to think more in depth about neuro-psychology. This makes me want to explore more about our unconscious behaviors for relevant use cases, such as the prominence of para-social influencers or how social media algorithms affect our behaviors. Ultimately, I feel this experience has opened the door for me into a subject I am passionate about and want to continue researching.


Shawn Proctor

 Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.



Mosaic cover and link to PDF

The Spring 2023 issue of Mosaic is now available in the Digital Library. For those with visual accessibility needs, an optimized, accessible PDF is also available on the same page.

In this issue, learn more about the many technologies and services available in the Digital Scholarship Lab, catch up with a Falvey Scholar, celebrate a milestone with Performance Studies, and hop in the wayback machine to see Villanova’s on-campus radio station though the decades.

Thanks to the many departments across the Library for sharing news, and special thanks to Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement for hosting the digital version of the publication.


Research Consults for Data & Statistics

By Linda Hauck

One of the favorite parts of my job is to support students in their search for data and statistics. Some students needs are met by a quick search in Statista, a database that aggregates data and statistics on a wide range of topics or a smart google search employing filetype:xls or These quick solutions are satisfying, for sure, but the real fun happens when students need multiple datasets for data analysis, or a research methods project.

To help these students, I start the conversation by asking about their topic and how they envision using data. We talk about their ideal dataset keeping in mind how it might be generated, who is likely to collect the data, what frequency, granularity, time period, populations, and geographies are needed. If there is an agency or organization that is obviously most likely to compile the idea dataset, it makes sense to start there. If not, doing a scholarly literature review and focusing on the data or methods section of papers will point to potential sources.

This data exploration process can be time consuming but fun!

Grace Liu, Business Librarian at West Chester University, with the advice of Bobray Bordelon, Economics & Finance Librarian/Data Services Librarian at Princeton University distilled the process in this neat infographic.

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

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Announcing the Match Program for First Year Students

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Calling all first year students! “Research experience” is a key phrase that employers are looking for on resumes. The Match Research Program can get you this experience and help you stand out! Apply now!

The Villanova Match Research Program provides opportunities for motivated first year undergraduates to pursue undergraduate research in their first spring semester.

Those who apply and are selected will begin collaborating with a faculty mentor this Spring semester, for 10 hours a week, over 10 weeks, and will earn a $1,000 stipend.  No prior research experience is needed to apply! You can apply to multiple research projects and to projects that are outside of your major(s), too. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., so act quickly!

Students are invited to check out the projects they might like to work on here.

Reach out to CRF with questions here!:

Students are also invited to chat with Falvey’s First Year Experience and Humanities Librarian, Rob LeBlanc for any related-research needs.



Library 101: Meet Your Subject Librarian

Welcome back, Cats! As you settle into the fall semester, be sure to reach out to your subject librarian. Whether you’re working on a research project or looking for some assistance with library services, Falvey librarians are here to help! Not sure which librarian to contact? Email or fill out this form.

Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.

Nicole Daly

Subject Specialization: Communication, Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 610-519-5207


Office: Falvey 225

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Nikolaus Fogle

Subject Specialization: Philosophy

Phone: 610-519-5182


Office: Falvey 227

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Alfred Fry 

Subject Specialization: Engineering, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science

Phone: 610-519-4283


Office: Falvey 224

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Linda Hauck 

Subject Specialization: Business, Human Resource Development

Phone: 610-519-8744


Office: Falvey 222

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Erica Hayes 

Subject Specialization: Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities

Phone: 610-519-5391


Office: Falvey 218B

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Sarah Hughes

Subject Specialization: Nursing, Biology, Health Sciences

Phone: 610-519-8129


Office: Falvey 220

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Robert LeBlanc 

Subject Specialization: ACS, First-Year Experience

Phone: 610-519-7778


Office: Falvey 226

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Laurie Ortiz Rivera

Subject Specialization: History, Art History, Education & Counseling

Phone: 610-519-3907


Office: Falvey 229

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Darren Poley

Subject Specialization: Theology & Religious Studies, Humanities & Classical Studies

Phone: 610-519-6371


Office: Falvey 230

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Subject Specialization: Global Interdisciplinary Studies

Phone: 610-519-7876


Office: Falvey 228

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""Merrill Stein

Subject Specialization: Political Science, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Public Admin., Naval Science and Geography & the Environment

Phone: 610-519-4272


Office: Falvey 221

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Sarah Wingo

Subject Specialization: English Literature, Theatre and Romance Languages & Literature

Phone: 610-519-5183


Office: Falvey 223

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Celebrating, Supporting Nurses During National Nursing Week and Beyond

Sarah Hughes

By Shawn Proctor

National Nursing Week, May 6–12, celebrates and honors the sacrifices and many contributions of nurses to improving and saving lives. At Falvey Library, Sarah Hughes, Librarian for Nursing, Biology, and Health Sciences, supports the academic and research efforts of the students in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing as they join the proud tradition of Villanova nurses.

We sat down with Hughes to learn more about her work with nurses, before and after joining Villanova University in 2019.

Question: Your experience working in the emergency department at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro gave you insight into the role of nurses in that clinical setting. Can you tell me more about the work and challenges of those nurses?

Sarah Hughes: At Princeton Medical Center, I worked with nurses as both a medical librarian, but also in a separate role when I worked evenings at the emergency department (ED) assisting the front desk, basically as a glorified greeter. In both roles, I saw different sides to the nursing profession.

As a librarian, I helped with information-seeking behavior, mostly many of the nurses came to the library to get access to BLS, PALS, and ACLS books for recertification. I also did searches for nurses and doctors, provided patients with consumer health information, interlibrary loan services and maintained the nursing intranet page.

Working in the ED in a non-clinical role, but observing clinical practice really helped me to fully appreciate and understand what nurses do. I observed the triage process for the ED and also helped patients and family while they waited to be seen. Inside the ED, I watched first hand as nurses worked doing a variety of life saving measures including resuscitating patients, treating children that came in with significant burns, bedside assistance, and all sorts of things that the average person will never see with their own eyes.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, my immediate first thought was with the nurses and other ED workers because their jobs were tough to start with, but the added layer of working through a highly contagious, deadly, airborne virus day in and out was simply unthinkable. The horrors that health care providers have seen over the past years is simply incalculable. Many nurses have chosen to leave the profession due to burnout and unsafe working conditions. Others have chosen to take early retirement because they were exhausted from seeing so much sadness and death.

This is why I personally choose to continue to masking indoors at all times in public, because I don’t want nurses to continue working through this pandemic forever. To me, masking is the most responsible thing a person can do in this moment. I mask to not only protect myself, but for all the nurses and healthcare workers out there.

Q: How would you describe Villanova’s nursing students and your work with them?

SH: I’ve found all students in Villanova nursing to be incredibly dedicated and hardworking. From the undergraduates to the DNP and PhD students, the vast majority of students are serious about their studies and ask me wonderful questions every day.

I tend to be involved early on in the NUR1102 course pointing students towards Falvey Library resources like CINAHL and PubMed for finding credible, peer-reviewed information. I come back again to the undergraduates in the Research Methods class and cover more advance searching and review things like PRISMA charting and use of citation management tools like Zotero. And I’m more deeply involved with long one-on-one research consultations with students in several of the higher level courses.

Asking the right research question and framing it in such a way is highly important to retrieve appropriate search results. I spend time also getting students familiar with citation management tools like Zotero, particularly if students are doing extensive searching and need to organize their search results for publication or group projects.

Q: Why is celebrating nurses and their work during Nurses Week important?

SH: National Nurses Week is an essential celebration and acknowledgement of those in the profession. It’s important to honor the varying roles of nurses and all the ways they make a difference in the different communities they serve. Since many nurses are struggling right now with what they have endured during the pandemic, it is more important than ever that they are commended and provided with safer working conditions in hospitals and health care settings.

These nurses must be recognized for their efforts, and it is imperative that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implement a permanent safety standard for hospital and healthcare settings to protect our vitally important nurses and healthcare workers. Nurses are highly trained and skilled workers that tend to be in short supply, so it is vital they have a safe environment.

Q: You joined Falvey Library about 6 months before the pandemic. How has your way of engaging students during this time changed? Are there takeaways or practices that you would continue in the years beyond?

SH: I got to have one fully pre-pandemic semester so I had a glimpse of what “normal” was like. The majority of my research consults were conducted virtually on Zoom, even before the pandemic so not all that much has changed. It’s often easier to demonstrate searching techniques on a Zoom meeting than in person, so the student can observe what I do when I share my screen. Or conversely, I can watch what a student is doing and then take control of the screen if they have questions or cannot locate something right away. I also find virtual instruction sessions to be more conducive to online as well, since again students can watch and mirror my actions. We are fortunate to have such technology that allows for virtual instruction and meeting online when it is not safe to be together.

Students who wish to schedule a nursing, biology, or health sciences consultation, visit Sarah Hughes’ staff page or email

Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.


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