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Associate in Arts Library Guide

Getting Started with Research

As a college student, you will be asked to read scholarly sources in classes and find them for research projects. These types of sources include peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as book chapters and books written by professors. Scholarly sources often feel unfamiliar and intimidating! They are lengthy and complex, and they usually have to be accessed through library resources, rather than more familiar search tools like Google. 

The videos below will help you find and decipher scholarly sources. The videos address questions such as:

  • How is scholarship vetted and produced?
  • How do scholars interact with each others’ research?
  • What are the common features of scholarly journal articles, and how can recognizing these make your reading process easier?
  • As a UD student, how can you find and access scholarly sources like peer-reviewed articles and books? 

Listening to the Scholarly Conversation

Searching Strategically in Library Databases

Choosing Databases and Accessing Sources

Using DELCAT Discovery and Getting Help

Note: There is a new DELCAT interface during Summer 2023. This guide provides information on changes in DELCAT. The above video will be updated for Fall 2023. 

Accessing Print Materials

Associate in Arts students have access to extensive electronic resources like articles and ebooks, but can also request print materials for delivery at no cost. 

  • Associate in Arts Book Delivery Service: Request print books from Morris Library to be delivered to your AAP campus.
  • Article DELivery Service: If you just need one chapter of a book, you can request a scanned copy delivered electronically. You can also request scanned copies of print articles through this service.