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Finding Journal Articles

Books and DELCAT Discovery

Electronic journals and databases

How Do I ...?

What is (are) ...?

Where is (are) ...?

Delaware Companies


Finding Journal Articles

How do I find journal articles on my topic?

To find journal articles on your topic, use a periodical index that covers your subject area. Periodical indexes, both print format and electronic database format, exist in almost every subject field. Some databases, such as AcademicOneFile or Web of Science, cover many disciplines. Other databases focus on a particular subject area. A complete list of electronic databases for finding periodical articles is available.

Some databases include the full text of articles; some link to the full text. In other cases, the index only provides information about the article. Then the next step is to use the Get It! feature or check DELCAT Discovery or the E-Journals list to see if the Library has a subscription to the journal or magazine.

How do I know which database to search for my topic?

The Library Databases pages are arranged alphabetically by title of the database. Database descriptions are available by selecting the "More info" option.

Additionally you can find databases listed by broad subject categories and by specific subjects. To find the subject categories, go to the Databases page, select a subject category from the drop-down menu, and click "Go."

There are two ways to find databases recommended for specific subjects. Go to the Databases page, select a subject from the drop-down menu, and click "Go." Or you can go to the Research Guides pages, select the subject you want, and then select "Databases."

When in doubt, it may be a good idea to start with a general interdisciplinary database, such as, AcademicOneFile or other databases listed on the "Databases for Getting Started" list.

What do I do once I have a list of journal articles that I want to find?

Once you have compiled a list of articles using periodical indexes / databases, then check DELCAT Discovery or the E-Journals list to see whether the Library subscribes to the magazine or journal.

Where are the journals, periodicals, and magazines kept?

Generally, you will find current issues (received in print) in the current Periodicals Room on the First Floor of the Morris Library. In the current Periodicals Room, items are shelved alphabetically by title of the periodical. In cases where the current issues are in electronic format, a good starting place is the Library Electronic Journals list.

Older issues of bound journals will be shelved in the library stacks by call number, with books on the same subject. DELCAT Discovery lists the call number. Some journals and magazines are available on microfilm or microfiche, in which case, the call number begins with "Morris Library Microforms", then the format (Microfilm or Microfiche). Some periodicals are available in electronic format, in which case, there will be a URL in the record that links to the journal and the "Location" listing will indicate which volumes are included in the Library subscription.

Using the first letter of the call number, check the Library Locations chart to determine which floor on which the materials are shelved. Floor locators and maps are posted in several places in the Library, including the stairwells and near elevators.

The journal I want is not in DELCAT Discovery. Is there some way to get it?

Use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to obtain articles the Library does not have. ILL will locate a library that has the journal and that can send the article quickly. Allow about a week to get articles, though many will be available in 2 -3 days. Interlibrary Loan is a link on the Library home page and on all Library Web pages under the "Forms" option.

Note: ILL service through the UD Library is only available to University of Delaware faculty, staff, and students.

If you are not affiliated with the University of Delaware, you can get Interlibrary Loan service through the public libraries.

Books and Using DELCAT Discovery

What is DELCAT Discovery?

DELCAT Discovery is the catalog of the University of Delaware Library. See the DELCAT Discovery information page.

What is WorldCat Local?

WorldCat Local is another way to search: it searches the UD Library and libraries around the world in a single search.

Look for the note: Held by: University of Delaware Library

If the note says Held by: WorldCat Libraries, then you may request the item using the Interlibrary Loan form on the page.

Free registration allows you to sign in and create lists of items. Lists are great for exporting records records to RefWorks.

How do I find a journal or magazine in DELCAT Discovery?

Select "Journals/Serials" from the title banner. Use the Browse option (Title begins with...) and look for the title of each magazine or journal you need. (Note: use the title of the periodical, not the title of the article in the periodical.) Alternatively, you can use the "Search by" option and type in keywords from the title of each publication. Select the "Location" listing(s) to find out what volumes/issues the Library holds. If there is more than one DELCAT record for your title, be sure to check the holdings for each record.

What does FOLIO on a call number mean?

"Folio" indicates that the book is oversized. Folio books are shelved on the Lower leveL of the Morris Library.

What does "Library Annex" mean? / Where is the Library Annex?

The location Library Annex means that the material has been relocated to the Library’s remote storage area.

The Library Annex is not open to the public. You can request that the material be brought over for you to use. The Library Annex Request Form is available on the Library webpages under the "Forms" option.

How do I find the location of books in the Library? / Where do I go to find these call numbers?

The Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to assign call numbers to books (and to the bound volumes of magazines and journals). The call numbers group similar subjects together and act as a alphabetic / numerical address. To find a book in the Library, use DELCAT Discovery to find the appropriate location and call number. Using the first letter of the call number, check Library Locations to determine which call numbers are on which floors. A location other than Morris Library means that you must go to the appropriate location first before following the call number sequence to locate the book.


What should I do if I can't find a book on the shelf?

Check DELCAT Discovery to determine the status of the book. Perhaps it is already charged to another user, on reserve, at the bindery, or reported lost. If the book is checked out, you may request that it be recalled for you. You can submit the Recall form (available on the Library webpages under the "Forms" option) or ask at the Circulation Desk.

The book I want is not in DELCAT Discovery. Is there some way to get it?

Request the book through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. ILL will borrow the book from another library for you to use. Allow about ten working days for the book to arrive. The ILL request form is available on the Library webpages under the "Forms" option. DELCAT Discovery has a direct link to ILL.

Note: ILL service through the UD Library is only available to University of Delaware faculty, staff, and students.

Or you can search the to see if other libraries in the area have a copy. If so, you may be able to go there. It is advisable to check the other library's catalog and webpages or call the other library to verify that the book is not checked out, and that you are permitted to use the item in their library.

Electronic journals and databases

Can I get these electronic journals / databases from ... (my dorm, my apartment, off-campus)?

if you are currently affiliated with the University of Delaware, you can access most of the electronic resources from off-campus. Your computer must be configured to access the campus network and you must have an active UDelNet ID and password before connecting your computer.

You will need to sign in to the web proxy server to authenticate your computer as a UD computer. Typically, you will be prompted to enter your information when you access a Library electronic resource from off-campus.

If you do not get this box, go to the main proxy page: University of Delaware Proxy.

If you are not currently affiliated with the University, you can use Library subscription resources by coming to the Library. The terms of the database licenses and journal subscriptions do not allow the Library to provide remote access to electronic resources to anyone not affiliated with the University. See the Databases list on the Alumni and Friends webpage.

If you are a Delaware resident, you can have remote access to many electronic resources by becoming a member of a public library.

How Do I....?

Find journal impact factors?

Impact factor information for journals is available in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) published by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). JCR is listed on the Library Databases page.

Note: this type of information is not available for arts and humanities journals.

ISI also publishes summary journal impact reports for various subject areas in its Web publication called SCI-BYTES. You can find a list of these articles for the most recent three years on the Library webpage Journals Ranked by Impact.

In addition, some journal publishers post information on their websites about how their journals ranked in impact factor reports. Example: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing's Ecology Letters.

Find Pictures Online? (digital images)

Images can be text, photographs, drawings or other objects. These Library webpages can help you find digital images:

Other resources:

  • AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive (Library database): more than 500,000 photos from 1844 to today from the Associated Press archive. Images can be used in course web pages, student projects, and other educational purposes.
  • ARTstor (Library database): digital library of images of art, architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts and design, as well as archaeological and anthropological objects.
  • American Memory: digitized historical collections from the Library of Congress.
  • Document Exhibits: Delaware Public Archives text collections.
  • Google Image search
  • NYPL Digital: New York Public Library’s digital collection.

What is (are)...?

What is Get It!?

Get It! is a service provided by the Unversity of Delaware Library to provide convenient access to the Library's growing number of electronic journal subscriptions. Get It! provides a link to the full text article on a publisher Web site, the DELCAT Discovery information on the journal, and an Interlibrary Loan request form, all from the citation information in the database. Databases having Get It! links can be identified by the blue star GetIt next to the database name on the Library Databases pages. For information about Get It!, see the Get It! page and Get It! help page. Examples of Get It! databases:

Where is (are)...?

Where is a baby changing station?

In Morris Library, there is a baby changing station in both the men's and women's restrooms located on the southside of the second floor. See the map of the second floor.

Call numbers

Libraries arrange publications according to a classification system. The University of Delaware Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System, which uses both letters and numbers to identify the subject of a book. Books on the same subject sit together on the shelves.

Each book (or bound volume of a periodical) is assigned a call number – a unique number that combines the subject class number and information that specifically identifies one copy of one book. The books are shelved by call number. So the call number also serves as a book’s address in the building.

A call number is always read line-by-line, from top to bottom. Library of Congress call number always start with letters – typically one or two letters, sometimes 3. Example: D 25.A2 1994

The first line reads alphabetically.

D         DA      DB

The second line is a whole number and is read numerically.  

D 25    D 26    D 400  D 1200               

The third line begins with a decimal point. It is combination of a letter and a number.  The letters are read alphabetically, but the numbers are read as decimals, not as whole numbers.

D 25 .A2         D 25 .A24       D 25 .A3         D 25 .A5         D 25 .A55       D 25 .A6

The first letter of the call number indicates the floor on which that call number will be shelved. Special locations may be listed at the beginning of the call number.

A - H 3rd Floor
J - K Lower Level
L - N 3rd Floor
P - Q 2nd Floor
R - Z Lower Level


Library Annex Off-site; request form
Reference 1st Floor
Special Collections 2nd Floor

Where is the Lost and Found in the Library?

The Lost and Found is at the Circulation Desk on the First Floor of the Morris Library. (302) 831-2455. AskCirc


There are electric typewriters available for public use on the Lower Level of the Morris Library. Ask at the Student Multimedia Design Center Desk.

Delaware Companies

Where can I find information on stock certificates / securities for a company incorporated in Delaware?

See: Companies Incorporated in Delaware

Where can I find information about incorporating in Delaware?

These questions are frequently asked (and answered) at the Morris Library Reference and Information Desks. Browse the list and click on the question to find the answer. If your question is not listed here, Ask a Librarian!

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