Combine search terms using connectors (logical operators) to search more efficiently. The most useful connectors are OR, AND, and NOT (also called Boolean operators).
Use the Interlibrary Loan service to get books and articles not available at the UD Library.
Allow extra time; books may delivered by mail or by courier.
May be received in two days or less.
Use the Articles request form, not the book request.
Go to the Interlibrary Loan webpage and login with your UDelNet ID and password.
Use to request copies of articles and book chapters from materials available in University of Delaware Library print and microform collections. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff will copy articles or book chapters and deliver them electronically to users’ ILL accounts.
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.
What is your topic?
What do you want to know? What are the important concepts in the topic?
What keywords or phrases can you use to express the concepts?
What do you already know? You may need to consult encyclopedias, general resources, or your textbook for background information and definitions of terms.
Articles in journals databases
Articles in magazines databases
Articles in newspapers databases
Organizes the articles/books you find in your research. Use to track your research and to insert the in-text citations and create the Reference list.
|Documentation guide Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed., 2010.|
Choose keywords to express the important concepts you have identified.
Combine the keywords using search commands:
"and" and "or" are not words, they are commands that tell the database how to combine your search words.
In the search results:
Were there articles that were off-topic?
Were there words in the article description that suggest new search terms?
You can use new words or phrases to refine your search.
Are these articles you can use in your research?
Do they meet the criteria of your assignment / research project?
Scholarly? Peer-reviewed? Popular resources? Websites?
When you select the articles you want, export the references to RefWorks.
Articles may be contained in the database.
If not, use Get It!
The call number (or eBook url) will be in the Library catalog.
The first letter of a call number indicates the floor where the book is shelved.
A – H 3rd Floor
J – K Lower Level
P – Q 2nd Floor
R – Z Lower Level
Many of the books on human development and family topics have the call number "H"
This service will get articles and books you need that the Library doesn't own.
Get It! is the service that tells you if the articles described in databases are available at the UD Library.
The Get It! button or the words "Get It!" will appear in the database.
These points apply to both print/electronic articles and to webpages.
Cite your sources as you are writing.
RefWorks creates the Reference list from the in-text citations you include.
RefWorks is a web-based citation management system. The system can: