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Welcome, Wildcats! Check Out this Guide for an Overview of the Library’s Most Helpful Resources

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Falvey Memorial Library welcomes all students, faculty, and staff to Villanova for the Fall 2020 semester! Whether you are a new or returning member of the Villanova Community, we want to highlight some library resources that you might find helpful if you are working on or off campus.

Latest COVID-19 Updates and Resources
First, we encourage you to stay up-to-date with Falvey offerings by consulting our COVID-19 Updates and Resources webpage. There you will find the most recent information about Library hours and services, access to collections, online resources, loans and borrowing, as well as other services.

Fall Semester Reopening and Frequently Asked Questions
Check out this page to learn about the Library’s reopening and for answers to some of the Library’s most frequently asked questions.

Searching the Library Catalog
Looking for a book, journal, or article? You can search the catalog on the Library’s homepage via the search box to look for books, journals, articles, guides. If Falvey doesn’t have what you are looking for, you can also request and borrow items from other libraries.

Contactless Pickup
We are now offering contactless pickup for Falvey library items for Villanova students, faculty, and staff. Contactless pickup will allow patrons to obtain Falvey items while maintaining safe social distancing practices. Items available for contactless pickup include books and DVDs from the main collection.

Scanning Services
Falvey is now offering scanning services. To request a scan from a physical item in Falvey’s collection, submit an ILLiad request. Visit this page for more info.

Research Help
Find a librarian who can help you based on the subject you are researching. You can set up a virtual consultation or live chat.

Library Services
There is much more to explore. Check out our services pages, which are tailored to help support your specific research needs—at every level and across all disciplines.

  • Undergraduate Student Services—Learn the library basics, get research help by finding your subject librarian, view our “How to” guides, get assistance on citing your sources, and much more through this page.
  • Graduate Student Services—Here you can discover basic information about the library, take advantage of our research and publishing services, and build your research skills.
  • Faculty Services—Do you want to request library research instruction for a class, request new library purchases, or place materials on digital course reserve? You can learn about that and so much more through this page.
  • Distance Learning Students—Browse this page to learn more about library basics such as our databases from A-Z, citation management tools, remote access, and other useful information.

Browsing the Digital Library
Villanova University’s Digital Library initiative assembles, presents, and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars. Digital Library staff work with faculty, staff and regional partners to select and develop resources that enhance access for a wide range of disciplines and audiences. As an example, see the newly-launched website, Projecting the World: An Audio Tour of the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection. It provides a virtual tour of the Smith Antique Map Collection, pairing digital images of maps and illustrations with audio commentary from their collector, Mr. Smith.

Digital Scholarship @ Falvey
Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Scholarship Program supports faculty, students, and staff interested in applying digital methods and tools to their research and teaching. Digital scholarship encompasses a broad range of technologies and research areas, including but not limited to digital mapping (GIS), text and data mining, data visualization, virtual reality, 3D modeling, and digital publishing. The program will host (virtual) lectures on digital scholarship topics, partner on digital research projects, and provide a collaborative space for consultations and training in the future.

Learning Commons Offices & Building Partners
Visit our second floor to connect with some Villanova’s most essential support centers for students, Center for Access Success and Achievement (CASA); Center for Speaking and Presentation; Learners’ Studio; Learning Support Services (LSS); Mathematics Learning Resource Center (MLRC); Research Services; Writing Center.

Other Building Partners include the TechZone; Holy Grounds Café; Idea Lab; the Matthew J. Ryan Center; and the Villanova Immersive Studies Cave.

Need More Help? Just Ask Us!
If you have any questions about the using the library, just ask us! General library access questions can be directed to our Access Services Department staff at circ@villanova.edu. If you need research help, you can live chat with a librarian on Monday- Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, email ref@villanova.edu, or fill out this form.

Follow Falvey Library
Please see our blog articles to learn about Falvey Library’s upcoming events, news, activities, and resource highlights! You can follow us on social media by clicking on the buttons that are located at the bottom of the Library’s homepage.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive year at Villanova!


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Gina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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Join Us for Mindfulness Mondays this Fall

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This fall, we invite the Villanova community to join us for a taste of mindfulness meditation on Mondays from 12:30- 1 p.m. This virtual series will begin with the first meditation on Monday, Aug.17 and run on Monday afternoons throughout the semester.

Mindfulness Mondays will offer a comfortable space where you are guided and encouraged to stop and focus on the “here and now.” Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and enhance well being, which can be beneficial to all faculty, staff, and students.

Sessions will take place each week via Zoom. Please follow this link to join each week:

https://villanova.zoom.us/j/99265795994

Mindfulness Mondays are presented by Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library. Registration is not required. All are welcome to attend these ACS-approved events!

Please join us!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dig Deeper

To learn more about the practice and benefits of mindfulness meditation, we invite you to read some of the following e-books which are part of Falvey Library’s collection:

These e-books are available to any student, faculty, or staff with a valid Villanova email address.

Please also check out these helpful resources being offered by Campus Ministry:


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide: LGBTQ+ Resources for Pride Month

By Beaudry Allen, Laura Bang, Deborah Bishov, Sarah Wingo, and Kallie Stahl

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June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City held June 28, 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Pride Month is celebrated every June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising that occurred in response to a long history of police brutality. On the night of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, which resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents rioting onto Christopher Street outside. (Note: a post on the Stonewall riots is forthcoming on the blog June 29).

Pride 2020 was already going to be different this year, with COVID-19 making large public gatherings, such as parades and other celebrations typically held for Pride, impractical and leading organizers to pivot to virtual events. Furthermore, in keeping with the roots of the LGBTQ+ movement, the community has mobilized to shift more of the focus of this year’s Pride to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as protests are currently taking place all over the world. These current events intensify the importance of recognizing how nuanced and interconnected all forms of identity and politics are, and we hope this LGBTQ+ resource list provides more information.

At Falvey Memorial Library we believe that learning is a lifelong process that is essential for education and personal growth. We support and encourage exploration through respectful discourse and hope that our collections can contribute to this conversation. If you are looking for a specific work or for literature on a specific topic, please feel free to get in touch with our librarians at ref@villanova.edu.

Explore LGBTQ+ resources on Falvey’s Diversity and Inclusion subject guide—below is just a snapshot of the many resources available. Share your own content to the page using the Resource Submission Form.

LGBTQ+ Databases:

  • The National Archives: Gay and Lesbian History—”This guide will help you find records relating to sexuality and gender identity history.”
  • LGBT Thought and Culture—”An online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social, and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day.”
  • LGBT Magazine Archive—”A searchable archive of major periodicals devoted to LGBT+ interests, dating from the 1950s through to recent years.”

LGBTQ+ Books and eBooks:

LGBTQ+ Content Curated by the Villanova Community:

  • Trans Student Educational Resources—”A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.”
  • GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality—”A national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.”
  • The Attic—”The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.”

LGBTQ+ Resources Recommended by Falvey Subject Librarians and Staff:

Additional LGBTQ+ resources will be featured all month long. Check back weekly for news and updates. Be sure to follow VU Pride for more information on programs and campus initiatives to help create a welcoming community at Villanova University for all students, staff, and faculty.


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Resource Highlight: Get an Insider’s Look at Business with Mergent Archives

""Corporate annual reports and SEC filings are the raw materials used for content analysis by researchers examining company histories, corporate strategy, risk, disclosures about environmental and human capital, governance & communication differences to name just a few areas of inquiry. Villanova now has access to collections of these documents in Mergent Archives listed on Databases A-Z and the Business Subject page.

The historical glossy annual report collection includes US companies as well as Canadian, European, Latin American, Africa, Middle Eastern, and Asian.  There are over one million reports in the collection going back to the 19th Century. Full runs for all firms are not immediately available, but this is a growing collection and efforts are being made to achieve full coverage.

The collection, which is in in Adobe PDF format, can be searched by company name, country, and year. The SEC  historical collection (also in PDF format) includes only 10-K, 11-K, and 20-F filings from 1970 to 1995. They can be searched by company name, year, and state.

In addition, the Mergent Archives platform includes historical Moody’s/Mergent Manuals covering the industrial, transportation, banking and finance, public utility, international, and OTC sectors.  Also included are the CRB Commodity Yearbooks from 1939 to present.  Each volume includes data tables and contemporaneous market analysis for commodities from apples to ethanol, soybeans to zinc.

 


face shot of business librarianLinda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is the Business Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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Harvard Business Publishing eBooks Now Available

The Villanova community now has Harvard Business Publishing eBooks. The collection includes practice oriented HBR Guides (such as to giving feedback, coaching, thinking strategically, or leading teams), themed article collections (such as ones by Christensen, Kotter, and Davenport),  and “must read” articles from the Harvard Business Review. Important works such as Blue Ocean Strategy are included.

The collection is relatively fresh with 42 titles published in 2018 alone, such as Reverse Innovation in Health Care and Smart Business: What Alibaba’s Success Reveals about the Future of Strategy. Sadly, HBR cases are not included.

Unlike our access to Harvard Business Review on EBSCOs Business Source Premier database, this content is licensed for assigned course readings. Furthermore, each title may be used by unlimited simultaneous users.

However, this content is not digital rights management free, so users that download the full text as PDFs or ePubs will only have access for a limited time (usually seven days) and may need to download again after the loan has expired.  Most of the titles do permit the permanent download of up to 100 pages per session. It is entirely appropriate to use this content as required or optional course materials. Providing students with persistent links or embedding it in Blackboard can offer students increment savings on course packs.

The books in this collection are discoverable in the book search on the library home page, listed on the databases A-Z list and on business subject pages.


face shot of business librarianLinda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is Business Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Stress Relief @ The Falvey Virtual Library

Finals week is here! We know that a lot of students are dealing with feelings of stress and anxiety, especially due to the challenging times we are facing with COVID-19. Although we can’t be together for on-site stress bustin’ activities this semester, Falvey is here to support you when you need it most. Whether you are looking for last-minute research assistance from a librarian, help navigating the library’s resources or just a general boost in the right direction, we have you (virtually) covered!

StressIn order to combat test stress this semester, we are proud to present our first-ever virtual pet visit. So, be sure to take a break, press “paws,” and join us via Zoom for a virtual pet visit featuring some of Falvey Library’s furry friends. You’ll have a chance to meet  Lemon, DeLune, Henrietta, Claude, and Jesse, on Tuesday, May 5, from 12-12:30 p.m. Join URL: (Villanova email required for entry).

More information about our (wild)cats and dogs can be found here.

In addition to the virtual pet visit, please check out some additional resources below to help you reduce your stress, lift your mood, manage your workload, and stay positive during finals week.

Art
Falvey’s Villanova-themed Coloring Pages
Free MoMA Art Classes

DIY Fun
Stress Relief Crafts
Make your Own Stress Ball
DIY Bookmarks

Music
List of Live Concerts via NPR 

Culture
Broadway Plays

Games
Board Game Arena
Brain Teasers and Trivia via Briangle 

Exercise, Meditation, and Mindfulness
Practice yoga from Yoga with Adrienne
Guided Meditations with Tara Branch
Pixel Thought Meditation Tool
Koru Mindfulness
Tips to Think Positively from the Mayo Clinic

Eating
Publix Online Cooking Tutorials

Apps to Check Out
12 Apps to Help You Beat Stress from This Way Up

Podcasts
Stress Relief Podcasts

Virtual Tours
San Diego Zoo Live Cams 
Tour a National Park with the National Park Service
Association for Public Art’s Virtual Art Tours in Philly

Please also check out these helpful Villanova University Resources:

Health/Well Being
Health Promotion’s Guide to Stress Management 

Student Health’s Campus Well

Research Assistance
Consult with a Librarian via email or Live Chat.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and need additional support, please contact the Patricia B. and Gary M. Holloway University Counseling Center.

Remember, the Falvey Virtual Library is open and ready to help. Good luck with your finals, Wildcats!

 


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Explore Modern Texts by Major and Marginalized Voices from the Abrahamic Religions

By Darren G. Poley


The first three volumes of the Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library (Alexander Street Press) are collections of digitized texts by thinkers from the religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Access to these content collections allows you to trace key concepts of theology across texts by important modern writers as well as to be able to understand contemporary issues of interfaith dialogue and comparative religion.

You can explore individually each volume of the Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library. Volume I, Christianity brings together, for example, many of the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jürgen Moltmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Jon Sobrino, as well as the Gesamtausgabe, Kirchliche Dogmatik and other writings by Karl Barth.

Volume II, Islam includes works by Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Said Nursî, Rashid Rida, and Muḥammad T̤āhirulqādrī, as well as books in series like “Makers of the Muslim World” published 2005-2015.

Volume III, Judaism assembles materials from scholars such as Wilhelm Bacher, Heinrich Laible, Nathan Michael Gelber, and Siegfried Silberstein, as well as those in the Markus Brann Archive from the National Library of Israel.

At the collection level, you can browse or search authors and titles of works. You can also browse series or topically by subject. Advanced keyword searching and browsing by genres are even more ways to tap into a volume. Genres include letters, biographical works, scriptural commentaries, and political writings.


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities & Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. Every e-text in these collections is also accessible via Falvey’s online catalog: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Search.

 

 



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Staff Pick: Biblical Studies Bibliographies

By Darren G. Poley

Several guides are linked to the Theology & Religious Studies Subject Guide. One titled Bible Basics is designed to aid navigation of the sacred scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition and locating biblical commentaries in Falvey. Also listed is the Biblical Studies guide. On it there is a section called Advanced Research Tools. Among those tools are some which the Library has acquired and others which are open access.

Recently Falvey obtained many of the Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press) which present peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies and expert commentary on current scholarship in selected disciplines, including Biblical Studies. Two open access online resources which were recently added to the Biblical Studies guide are Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne – BiBIL (University of Lausanne) and BIBLindex (French Institute of Christian Sources).

Biblical Bibliography of Lausanne – BiBIL presents bibliographical data about books, monographs, serials, and journal articles on biblical and related studies. It has French, English, and German search interfaces. Materials cataloged are in a variety of languages. Often it has an abstract and occasionally a link to the full text.

BIBLindex provides a growing online inventory of biblical quotations and allusions, primarily from Early Greek and Latin Christian literature. Includes biblical texts written in both ancient and modern languages. The project goal is to create a searchable database of biblical quotations from all Christian literature of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (from the beginning of the Common Era until 1400). You must create a free user account in order to access the search function in BIBLindex.


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities, and Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. You can access these bibliographies from the Databases A-Z page on the Library Website.

 



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Introducing Academic Video Online

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Falvey Memorial Library has acquired an extensive new collection of streaming video titles. Academic Video Online (AVON) includes more than 68,000 titles produced between 1901 and 2020,  including documentary films, historical footage, training videos, performances, and television programs. Disciplines include business, counseling, engineering, history, nursing, literature, and music, and publishers include A&E Television Networks, American Academy of Pediatrics, ArtHaus Musik, BBC Worldwide, British Film Institute, Broadway HD, Ford Motor Company, National Geographic, PBS, Sony Pictures Classics, and many more.  Each video includes a searchable transcript, and registering for a free account gives you the ability to create clips and playlists.

Additional streaming collections available to the Villanova community include:

Plus multi-format collections that include streaming content:

Looking for something specific? Get in touch, and we’d be happy to try and help you find it!


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Deborah Bishov is Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian and Shawn Proctor is Communication & Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 


 


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Online Egyptological Bibliography

By Jutta Seibert

Falvey Memorial Library now subscribes to the Online Egyptological Bibliography, the premier research tool for Egyptologists. It indexes a wide range of publications in the field, including journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference proceedings. The content reflects the multilingual nature of the Egyptological community and abstracts may be in English, French, or German. Newer records include digital object identifiers (DOI) and links to online publications. The coverage of the bibliography extends back to 1822.

Published by Oxford University’s Griffith Institute, in cooperation with the International Association of Egyptologists, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and the Universität Heidelberg, the Bibliography is the successor to the Annual Egyptological Bibliography, founded in 1947. It also includes Christine Beinlich-Seeber’s Bibliographie Altägypten and records from the Aigyptos database.

The Bibliography uses the Trlit CG Times font for the display of Egyptian transliteration characters, and it is recommended users connect to the Bibliography via the Mozilla Firefox web browser to ensure the correct display of the phonetic Unicode characters. It can be accessed through the Library’s Databases A-Z list.

 


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

 

 

 



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