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RES104: LIFE Section: Finding Sources

Need more help with using databases?

Online Encyclopedias

Use subscription encyclopedias to research background information. This will help you narrow your topic and determine a research question. 
Credo (Includes many subject encyclopedias)

Britannica Online (Includes the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and other links selected by the Britannica editors)

Searching for Books

UD Catalog

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Search for articles

Use the library's databases for electronic access to article citation information (author, title, etc.) & some full-text.  Use the following databases to find articles on your topics.

Tips

  • Keep track of your results.  Print, save, or email in APA format!
  • Use keyword searching (not natural language)
  • Use subject terms to narrow
  • Use abstracts to determine relevance
  • What if full-text isn’t there?  Use the "Find It @ UD" link provided to locate the article in another database, have the library scan a copy for you (E-Delivery), or request via Interlibrary Loan if UD doesn't own it. 
  • Can usually limit by: full-text, type of source (magazine, newspaper, academic/scholarly journal), date, etc.

How to use the library catalog

Retrieving your book

If you found an E-book - Just click on the "access online" button from the catalog.  If you are unsure how to get to the full text check out this guide.  

If you found a print book - First check to see if it is available.  To locate it in the library you will need to know both the collection and the call number.  

Searching within e-books

Searching the catalog for online resources

Click the check box next to charles c. myers library to limit results to resources available through the UD Library. To view only online resources, click the check boxes for eBook and/or eVideo under Format in the left sidebar. Click "show more" if the desired format isn't visible.