Search engine specifically for scholarly journal articles, books, dissertations, and technical reports.
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Books and other materials not held by the UD Library may be obtained by Interlibrary Loan. This service is available to UD faculty, students, and staff.
Requests may be submitted by going to Interlibrary Loan.
Step One: Choose a Database
Databases serve as indexes to magazines and journals. Some databases such as Academic OneFile and Web of Science cover general and multidisciplinary topics; others such as SciFinder and PubMed are specialized and cover one subject area in great depth. This page list databases most useful for chemists and biochemists.
If you already know the name of the database you would like to search, you can get to the database directly by searching for the database by name on the Library databases page.
Step Two: Search for Articles within the Database
Identify important search terms and concepts. Make a list of key search terms that relate to your topic. PubMed has a thesaurus within the database which will help you identify related and synonymous terms.
Enter search terms and combine them for more effective searching. While databases vary, most of them allow you to use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) to combine terms. Examples: