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SOC111: Introduction to Sociology: Personal Quest Assignment

Where to Find Academic Sources

Library search engines (databases) are a great place to find scholarly journal articles or other sources for your paper. Each search engine has a different flavor/subject area it covers. If the full text isn’t right there, click the Find It button. If we don’t have the article, you can request it from another library by clicking the “get this article or book chapter” link. (The turnaround time on this is usually about 2 days.)

Book List Websites

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UD Catalog

Search for the title of the book you want in "quotation marks". No results? Try the Advanced Search below and choose Libraries Worldwide in the Location instead.

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Advanced Search

Need a refresher on how to use the catalog? Check out this video. Need help reading a call number? Check out this guide.


Or try searching for these essayists. They often tackle social issues like the ones you've chosen. We may have books that contain their essays, or try searching Google to see if they have published on the web on your topic.

  • Claudia Rankin
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Alida Nugent
  • Roxane Gay
  • Sara Benincasa 
  • Joan Didion
  • Leslie Jamison
  • Rebecca Solnit

Where do I find these books in the library?

Once you find a book in the catalog, you need to look at 3 different things to figure out where to find the book.

First: Look at the status (in the blue box)--Is your book On the shelf or Checked out?

Second: Determine what collection (in the purple box)--Which floor is the book on?

Third: Write down the call number (in the green box)--This call number is like the book's address. You need the whole thing.

This book, for example, is on the shelf in the UD Fiction Collection near the water fountain on first floor.

This one is also on the first floor, but in the Circulating Collection which is the tall shelves on the first floor. You know it's the first floor and not the third floor because the Call Number starts with BF which is between A-K, not L-Z.

The Young Adult Fiction collection is also on the first floor. It's in the back left corner of the building.