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SA 9915 - Environmental Education Certificate (Fellouzis)

Resources for Prof. Fellouzis' class.

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Library Basics

Welcome to the library's Research Guide for Professor Fellouzis' "Environmental Education Certificate" course.  Please use the resources and links provided to complete your research.  If you have any questions, please ask!

Research Assistance

Library staff members are always willing and eager to help you with your research.  You may schedule a meeting in advance, or simply stop by whenever the library is open.  Feel free to email, call, or text the library with your questions as well.  (See the left and right columns on this page for contact information and texting instructions.)

Off-Campus Access

If you are off-campus, you will need to enter your myDelVal credentials to login to a database. You will be prompted for this after you've clicked on the database. Contact us with any questions: library@delval.edu, or 215-709-8851

Book/DVD Circulation

Most books may be checked out for three weeks.  If no one is waiting for the titles, you may then renew them for another three weeks.  There is no limit to the number of books you may check out.  DVDs are available for three-day loans.

Resources for General Information

Where to Find Basic Information...

Identifying the Scientific Literature

Research Articles

Research articles are also often known as scientific or peer-reviewed articles. If the article is NOT written by the person or group who did the research, it is NOT a peer-reviewed or scientific article. Research articles are important for knowing what new discoveries have been made. This is why it is important to use recent articles, since they will be the first things published on a new scientific development. 

Here's a quick overview of how to identify these journal articles:

  • written by the scientist(s) who actually did the research
  • follows a specific format 
    • abstract
    • introduction
    • materials & methods
    • results
    • conclusions
    • references 
  • assumes reader already knows background information about the topic has been evaluated by experts
  • Tip:  Look for a statement about when the article was accepted for publication. Most peer-reviewed articles will include one.
 
Example of a Research Article

 

Checklist for Peer-Reviewed Research Article

  Did the author(s) of the article do the actual research?
  Can you find a statement about when the article was accepted for publication?
  Is there a sizable list of references?
  Do the authors assume you are familiar with their topic?
  Is it challenging to read?

If you have answered "yes" to these five questions you have probably located a scientific article.

Finding Scientific Articles

Finding Resources

Interlibrary Loan

If a book or article you want is not available, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The Library can order books and articles from other libraries. This process takes few days but is completely free for DelVal students, faculty, and staff.

Before you submit an ILL, check Google Scholar or Summon to see if we have immediate access or if it is freely available online.

Chicago Citations

Getting Help

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The Writing Center

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Tutors help you gain a fresh perspective on the writing process, and can assist with any stage of the process:  choosing a topic or working through writer's block, generating ideas, creating an outline, sharpening a thesis, arranging and organizing paragraphs, citing correctly and fluently, editing grammar and mechanics, and more.

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