Most Library online resources can be accessed from off campus by current UD faculty, staff, and students. When using links on these pages, you may be prompted for your UDelNetID and password. Please report any issues you encounter while accessing Library databases, e-journals, or e-books.
Resources in this Guide are intended to support the study and teaching of entomology and insect ecology, as well as the wildlife ecology subject areas of environmental science, wildlife conservation, ecosystems, land management, and mammalian and avian biology.
Included in this Guide are resources in a variety of formats, including:
Choose a research topic that interests you. Once you have thought of a topic, try stating it in the form of a question. This will help to narrow your topic and focus upon the aspect of the topic that you are going to research. So if you first thought of writing about Mammals and Behavior, try stating it in the form of a question: "How is the feeding behavior of bears affected by environmental factors?"
Reading an overview of your topic from a general source such as an encyclopedia provides background information, key words, and often a list of books and articles for further reading. This is the only step at which using Wikipedia is appropriate. Use the background information you located to determine key words or phrases that might be used to describe your topic. You may want to focus on a particular animal (deer) or a particular aspect of study (animal competition).
You can use these keywords to search for books or magazine, journal and/or newspaper articles. Use the tabs on this guide to learn about each of these formats.