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It’s Women’s History Month! Read, Watch, Learn

In 1987, the U.S. Congress declared March to be National Women’s History Month. Coordinated by the National Women’s History Alliance, this annual celebration seeks to recognize “the diverse and significant historical accomplishments of women.”

This year’s theme is Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

Want to read about women’s suffrage? Historian Susan Ware recommends these five books:

1. The Myth of Seneca Falls by Lisa Tetrault (e-book or print book at Falvey)

2. The Concise History of Woman Suffrage by Mari Jo Buhle & Paul Buhle (order via Interlibrary Loan)

3. All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 by Martha S. Jones (e-book or print book at Falvey)

4. The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss (order via Interlibrary Loan)

5. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States by Alexander Keyssar (e-book or print book at Falvey)

 


Are you doing research on a gender-related topic? Falvey has you covered! We have everything you need: journals, books, search engines for finding resources, and databases containing primary source materials to answer all of your gender and women’s studies questions! Visit the our Subject Guide on Gender & Women’s Studies, and be sure to check out these resources:

We subscribe to all of the top journals in the field, including:

Great interdisciplinary databases to help you find journal articles, books, news, and more:

GenderWatch

GenderWatch includes indexing, abstracts, and full text of scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and reports in many disciplines on topics relevant to gender studies. This database is particularly strong in its coverage of dissertations and non-mainstream magazines and newspapers.

Gender Studies Database

Gender Studies Database provides indexing and abstracts for academic and professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations and other sources. GSD combines Women’s Studies International and Men’s Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues, and is very strong in its coverage of health sciences journals as well as other academic journals.

 

Primary sources and historical documents:

Source: Digital Transgender Archive

Digital Transgender Archive (Free to all users)

This resource provides “an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world” related to transgender history. The project is based at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and is searchable and browsable by map, institution, collection, topic, and genre. The contents of the collection focus on materials created before 2000.

 

Source: Adam Matthew Digital

Gender: Identity and Social Change

This database provides access to primary sources documenting the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations from the nineteenth century to the present. Offers sources for the study of women’s suffrage, the feminist movement, the men’s movement, employment, education, the body, the family, and government and politics. Falvey licenses this resource from Adam Matthew Digital.

The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs

The Gerritsen Collection features digital copies of more than 4000 books and pamphlets and complete runs of more than 200 periodicals related to women’s history in general and the movement for women’s rights in particular. It includes materials addressing both the pro-feminist and anti-feminist case, as well as other materials that provide an objective look at the condition of women in a given time of place. Its coverage is international, and extends from the middle of the 15th century to the middle of the 20th century. Each of the books, pamphlets, and periodical titles has its own listing in Falvey’s library catalog.

 

E-Book Collections:

Duke Gender Studies e-book Collection

The Duke Gender Studies e-book collection includes “essential titles and field-defining scholarship in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies, transgender studies, feminist theory, and women’s studies.” This collection is comprised of more than 500 titles published between 1990 and the present. Each book is fully downloadable and printable (chapter by chapter), and is accessible by an unlimited number of VU community members at once.

Perdita Manuscripts

Offers digital copies of writings by early modern women (1500-1700). The name of the collection, derived from the Latin word for “lost,” alludes to the ephemeral nature of women’s writings which were rarely published and widely shared. Genres represented in the collection range from poetry and religious writings to letters, recipes, and account books. Includes manuscript descriptions with partial transcriptions and detailed annotations where available. The collection is part of the Perdita Project. The manuscripts are held by libraries and archives in the US and UK. Includes pdf files for all manuscripts. Licensed from Adam Matthew Digital.

 

Film and Video:

Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online, or AVON, offers more than 70,000 films and documentary TV episodes from distributors including PBS, the BBC, Bullfrog Films, Ro*Co Films, California Newsreel, and many others. Most films include searchable full text transcripts. Here are some subcollections focused on women’s history:

Women’s and Gender Studies Video Online

– Women’s History Month: Celebrating Artists Who are Women

Films on Women’s Suffrage

 

Data and statistics:

Source: WomanStats Project

WomanStats Project (Free to all users)

The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world with qualitative and quantitative information on over 260 indicators of women’s status in 174 countries. To view the data, you first need to create a free account.

 Women, Peace and Security Index (Free to all users)

Measures women’s well-being in 167 countries around the world. It examines three dimensions of women’s lives: inclusion (political, social, economic); justice (formal laws and informal discrimination); and security (at the family, community, and societal levels). A score between 0 (worst possible) and 1 (best possible) is generated for each country, ultimately determining their rank. Begun in 2017/18, the index was created by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with the Peace Research Institute Oslo.

Statista

Statista is a user-friendly data portal offering tables, graphs, reports, and more on over 80,000 topics from more than 18,000 sources. Women- and gender-related data points covered include information on health, employment and career, consumer behavior, women’s portrayal in media, political behavior, demographics, and public opinion.

For help with your research in Gender and Women’s Studies, please contact the GWS Librarian Jutta Seibert.


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

 

 


 


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Black History in Documentary Films

February is over, but at Falvey, Black history is always part of our collections. One way to learn about facets of this vital component of American history is through documentary films. Read on to learn about some library-subscribed streaming video platforms, and to get some great film recommendations!

Falvey offers Villanova’s students, staff, and faculty access to thousands of documentaries via our streaming subscriptions. Most of our documentaries come to us via Academic Video Online (also known as AVON). AVON offers more than 70,000 films and documentary TV episodes from distributors including PBS, the BBC, Bullfrog Films, Ro*Co Films, California Newsreel, and many others. Most films include searchable full text transcripts. Browse the Film Platform and Black Studies subcollections to get a sampling of AVON’s contents.

Academic Video Online (ProQuest) – Images from the Black Studies film collection

We also license a changing set of documentaries and feature films on the Kanopy platform. You can think of these films as long-term rentals, selected on the basis of faculty requests. Once campus-wide access is purchased, the film remains available via the library catalog for up to three years. Click here to view the films currently available to the Villanova community via Kanopy.

Here are ten documentaries currently screening via AVON and Kanopy that relate to the history of Black Americans. Click the image to access the film.

Banished: A History of African American Expulsion (2007)

 

Black and Blue (1987)
On the history of race and policing in Philadelphia

 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2016)

 

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

 

John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)

 

Let the Fire Burn: Tragedy in Philadelphia (2013)

 

Olympic Pride – American Prejudice (2016)
On the other 17 Black athletes who participated in
the 1936 Berlin Olympics… beyond Jesse Owens.

 

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (2002; 4 episodes)

 

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2013)

 

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014)

Enjoy exploring these great films!


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


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Presidents Day Resources from Falvey, and Beyond

By Merrill Stein

Happy Presidents Day!

Today we celebrate George Washington’s 289th birthday, which has come to be known as Presidents Day due to its positioning between Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. To celebrate the history of this important American office, visit these resources, many of which are provided by Falvey Memorial Library, and learn more about the 46 Presidents of the United States, from Washington to Joe Biden!

Seal of the President of the United StatesFrom U.S. National Archives and Records Administration:

National Constitution Center

Featured Presidents’ Day Information from govinfo.gov

From UC Santa Barbara:

American presidency project  – Documents related to the study of the American Presidency, including public papers, annual messages to Congress, inaugural addresses, radio addresses, acceptance speeches, presidential candidates debates, party platforms, elections data, and an audio/video archive.

Selected resources at Falvey:

America: History and Life (EBSCO)

American History Collection (Rotunda – University of Virginia Press)  – authoritative print editions of the papers of major figures of the early republic
American History, 1493-1945 (Adam Matthew Digital)

HeinOnline – visit the U.S. Presidential Library and U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library resources (HeinOnline is available courtesy of the Charles Widger School of Law)

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (iPOLL)  –  Elections and Presidents Collection


Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Researcher’s Toolbox: Newspapers and Magazines

Newspapers and magazines are widely used to gauge public attitudes and awareness. These workshops will take a close look at the discovery of national and international news publications. They will cover daily news as well as magazines and newspapers aimed at specific interest groups. Mundane but critical tasks such as locating a cited source, determining the availability of news sources in the local collection, and citing news sources will be addressed as well. Special attention will be paid to digital archives and some of the challenges and opportunities they present.

Join Jutta Seibert, history librarian, for two workshops on newspapers and magazines: Friday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. Both 60-minute workshops are ACS approved.

Please REGISTER HERE for the Feb. 12 workshop. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this event.

Please REGISTER HERE for the March 24 workshop. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this event.


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Ten Resources to Explore for Black History Month

By Susan Turkel

February is Black History Month, and Villanova kicked off its observance last week with the MLK Keynote Address by Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Wednesday and the Freedom School day of learning on Thursday.

Celebrate Black history anytime by visiting these online resources made available to you by Falvey Memorial Library!


1. African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)

The African American Studies Center is a comprehensive collection of scholarship focusing on the individuals and events that have shaped African American history and culture. It includes more than 15,000 biographical entries, and thousands of encyclopedia articles and images. You’ll also find more than 500 primary source items, such as speeches, letters, legal documents, and poems.


2. Civil Rights and Social Justice collection (HeinOnline)

The Civil Rights and Social Justice collection brings together a variety of legal materials related to civil rights broadly defined, including protection from discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, and ability.

CRSJ includes full text access to legislative histories, hearings and prints, Supreme Court briefs, government reports, law review articles, and publications from the Commission on Civil Rights.


3. Black Drama, Third Edition (Alexander Street Press)

Playbill for “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”
by Vinnette Carroll and Micki Grant

Black Drama contains more than 1700 full text works by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. These plays were written between 1850 through the present.

Black Drama contextualizes these plays by providing detailed information about productions, theaters, production companies, as well as ephemera such as playbills and posters.

Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. This unique database includes a large number of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, Alice Childress, Amiri Baraka, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.


4. Oxford Bibliographies on African American Studies

The Oxford Bibliographies are a set of peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies with expert commentary on scholarship in a wide variety of disciplines. They’re a great place to start any research project!

Each bibliography entry includes a “FindIt” link, to help you access the recommended book or article via Falvey’s collections.

The African American Studies series includes bibliographies on a wide variety of topics; examples include Political Resistance, African American Doctors, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ida B. Wells, and Pan-Africanism.


5. Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) & African American Newspapers (Accessible Archives)

Newspapers are essential primary source documents, presenting commentary on political, social, and economic events as well as photographs, cartoons, and advertisements.

There have been newspapers published by and for African American in the U.S. since the early 19th century. For more information on using newspapers and magazines as primary source documents, see this guide.

Falvey offers two majors sources for finding these useful materials:

  • African American Newspapers covering the 19th century (including Philadelphia’s Christian Reporter, Douglass’s Monthly, Freedom’s Journal, and the Weekly Advocate)
  • Black Historical Newspapers covering the 20th century (including the Philadelphia Tribune, Chicago Defender, Baltimore African-American, New York Amsterdam News, and many more).

6. Ethnic Newswatch (ProQuest)

Ethnic Newswatch is a news database that provides a direct window into non-mainstream perspectives.

Use Ethnic Newswatch to find newspapers and magazines published by ethnic, cultural, and community presses, mostly in the United States.

This resource contains current content as well as material going back to the 1950s, and includes publications from African American, Hispanic, Arab/Middle Eastern, Jewish, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Indigenous communities.


7. Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press)

Looking for something to watch? Academic Video Online offers more than 70,000 films and television episodes on a huge variety of topics.

The Black Studies in Video channel offers award-winning documentaries such as John Lewis: Good Trouble and Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, and TV series such as Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and American Experience: Eyes on the Prize.

Each film can be streamed online, and comes with a searchable transcript and the ability to create and save film clips.


8. Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice (Adam Matthew)

Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice is an archival collection of scanned manuscripts, court documents, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps, and some secondary sources on many topics relating to slavery and abolition. It covers the period from 1490 to 2007.


9. African American Communities (Adam Matthew)

African American Communities is a multimedia collection of oral histories, correspondence, newspapers, pamphlets, images and official records that provides insights into a variety of African American experiences in the 20th century.

This resource draws its source materials from archives in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina. Explore 360 views of objects, read letters and articles, watch videos, and listen to oral history interviews on a variety of topics.


10. Research Guides

Falvey Librarians have created curated research guides to help you get started with your research. Each guide provides recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference works, primary source materials, and databases for locating relevant journal articles.

Check out any of the following:

 

Stay tuned for more blog posts throughout the month featuring documentaries, books, and more, all with a focus on Black history!


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

 


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Falvey Fridays: Workshop Series

Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce “Falvey Fridays,” a workshop series drawn from our popular brown bag lunch sessions. Each workshop will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. Registration is free and open to the Villanova community.

Please register for workshop sessions below. Once registered, you will be sent a Zoom link to the event.

Reusing Responsibly: Copyright Basics (Friday, Feb. 12; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communications Librarian.

We create and interact with copyrighted material every day, whether it’s sending an email, replying to a tweet, writing a book, or making a podcast. This presentation will give you the tools you need to better understand what gets copyright and how to reuse copyrighted content responsibly.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctceGvrD0rHtxsV_U_88w-IfV33Ui-T6WE

Bringing Historical Maps into GIS (Friday, Feb. 26; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Georeferencing is the process of connecting images (e.g. aerial photographs, scanned historical maps, satellite images) to their geographic locations, so that they can be used as spatial layers in GIS software. Using tools like Map Warper and ArcGIS Online, this workshop will provide participants with the steps to align geographic coordinates to a digitized historical map and display them online in order to examine how locations have changed over time.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvcu6qpzwsHNC-PS8AvZfHFufmAel6O5JC

Understanding and Negotiating Publisher Contracts: What to Look for Before You Sign (Friday, March 12; 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Workshop led by Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communication Librarian.

You wrote an article, and it was accepted! The publisher sends you a publishing agreement to sign, but what does that agreement actually say? What rights are you giving away, and what rights do you retain? Can you post your article to your website? Can you use it in the classroom? Can you send it to colleagues? This workshop will look at a variety of agreements across different disciplines; give you tools to understand general journal policies on when and how you can post articles; show you ways that you can negotiate with publishers to retain more rights to your work; and discuss ways that you can share your work more widely.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApduGhrzMuGdOmjWMu0Bc0A8jU5QNQgvwt

Tabula: Extracting Tables from PDFs (Friday, March 26; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

If you’ve ever tried to do anything with data provided to you in PDFs, you know there’s no easy way to copy-and-paste rows of data from tables out of PDF files. Come learn more about Tabula, an open source tool for extracting data tables locked inside PDFs and how to import that data easily into a CSV or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEld-6qqT0jGtf_gLlSDe1fstCDdj2cNA-

Citation Management using Zotero (Friday, April 9; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Sarah Hughes, Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian.

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero to save, organize, and share references.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ud-qurTgqE9eNmezaCgojaU2-bjBTCpD-

Policy Map/Social Explorer (Friday, April 23; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Deborah Bishov, Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian and Merrill Stein, Social Sciences Librarian.

Explore features of two easy-to-use, online demographic data mapping tools which draw on a combination of governmental, proprietary and open resources.  Map data of interest and export and save visualizations for research or teaching. Knowledge of GIS (geographical information systems) is not required.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscOGtqTwuGN1SqGzFYONpmNA65dIQ5H_h


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A Focus on Digital Resources: African American Communities from Adam Matthew Digital

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By Robert LeBlanc

African American Communities” from Adam Matthew Digital is a new e-resource accessible via Falvey Memorial Library.

Focusing primarily on Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and cities in North Carolina, African American Communities chronicles the everyday lives of African Americans from the second half of the 19th century to today. The comprehensive collection includes text and visual materials, such as pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, government records, and oral histories, covering the key themes of desegregation, urban renewal, civil rights, race relations, and African American art and culture.

Large sub-collections include personal and family papers from prominent African American families as well as documents from the Atlanta History Center, HOPE  Inc., the Southern Historical Collection, the Newberry Library of Chicago, and archive collections from the University of Illinois and the University of North Carolina.

The document search function features useful filters, including document type, theme, and sub-collection limiters, making a visual search of the archives easy and intuitive. A large image gallery, a 360-degree object viewing gallery, and both audio and video oral history files provide an immersive and rewarding research experience. The collection also includes a powerful advanced search function.

 


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For more information on this or any library resource, contact Robert LeBlanc, First-year Experience Librarian at robert.leblanc@villanova.edu.


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Focus on Falvey Resources: Guidestar Pro

Guidestar Pro is a very useful database for students hoping to work in the voluntary sector, taking a course incorporating a nonprofit/public policy consulting project, or studying nonprofit organizations. It offers a search engine for US third sector organizations built on the Internal Revenue Service’s financial form 990, the Exempt Organization Master File with cumulative information and Publication 78 of organizations eligible for tax exempt donations. These official sources are enhanced with verified self-reported data and Guidestar’s “Seal of Transparency.” Giving hands with coins

You can use Guidstar to find nonprofits leaders by name, role, compensation level, location, and organization cause.  People searches can be used to effectively boast your networking activities.

The organizations search is most useful for learning about potential employers, understanding the nonprofit environment of a given locale, or researching nonprofits. Searches by the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) or cause category, by location (state, MSA, city, county, zip code), by IRS subsection type, number of employees, and financial benchmarks, such as revenue, expenses, and assets are all supported. The keyword search can be used to find organizations with very specific interests that may not neatly fit into a cause category.

The level of detail and currency of information provided for each nonprofit varies, but they generally cover mission, personnel, programs, outcomes, financials, compensation, and operations. When available trends are presented. Links to annual reports and the 990 are provided. The data is easily downloadable to Excel.

In addition to this powerful organization database, Guidestar Pro’s Blog is a collection of best practice articles on everything related to running and growing a successful nonprofit. Want tips on volunteer recognition? Wondering what key performance indicators a nonprofits should be measuring?  Looking for advice on recruiting diverse boards? All of these topics and many more are covered.

Of course, you can simply use Guidestar Pro to verify your favorite charities!


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

 

 


 


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Read The New Yorker Online!

By Susan Turkel

Did you know that you can access more than 50,000 online journals, magazines, and newspapers through Villanova’s online subscriptions?

Some of these journals are very niche, such as the Journal of Crustacean Biology and the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics.

Others are very well known, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Sports Illustrated.

We also provide the Villanova community with access to some old favorites, including The New Yorker. Founded in 1925, The New Yorker is one of the most well-known and influential magazines in the U.S. Whether you’re a fan of the magazine’s cartoons, its in-depth articles, short fiction, featured poetry, movie reviews, or famous covers, you’re in for a treat!

Every issue of The New Yorker is available in a full-color, page-flippable interface from OpinionArchives. Villanova faculty, staff, and students can access it by clicking the FindIt button in the catalog record and selecting the OpinionArchives option.

The interface provides a full-page view of the cover and instructions for navigating the site.

New Yorker cover and navigation instructions

Click Browse Issues (under the three horizontal lines / “hamburger” icon on the upper-right hand corner of the page) to view the list by year. From there, you can click the cover image to view any issue.

New Yorker covers - clickable thumbnails

To read an issue, use the arrows on the screen to turn pages. Click This Issue to see thumbnail images of each page which allow you to navigate the magazine. You can zoom in for a closer look, and you can print either the full issue or a selection of pages.

To search the archive, click the magnifying glass icon in the upper right. You may find that the Advanced Search is more helpful than the Basic Search.

For an alternate way to search New Yorker content, you can try Reader’s Guide Retrospective (covers 1940-1982) and Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega (covers 1983 to present). These databases provide indexing of authors, titles, and subject headings for the content of a variety of general interest and popular magazines. Search for New Yorker in “SO Journal Name” and put your other search terms in another search box.

 

Once you find an article of interest in Reader’s Guide, click the FindIt button to return to the OpinionArchives interface. You may need to navigate the issue using the thumbnails and Table of Contents to get to the specific article.

Take some time to enjoy flipping through this friendly interface to The New Yorker; read a story, enjoy a cartoon, find a movie recommendation. Or, dive into the archives – almost 100 years’ worth! Either way, it’s a great rabbit hole to fall into.



Susan Turkel is a Social Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. She has a giant pile of old print New Yorkers on her bookshelf.


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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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