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Librarians recommend trusted, relevant research in your subject area. Each research guide is tailored to a specific class or subject, getting you exactly what you need.
Librarians are available to help you with research. We can help you find sources, narrow your topic, and format citations.
Zoom with a Librarian
Want to gain some new skills or practice those you have? We can help you:
Starting Your Search
Learn about where to start your research and how to develop search terms. (QUIZ)
Using the Book Catalog
Learn how to log into your account, place holds, and create lists.
Learn to use Summon, which provides access to almost the entire library collection through one interface.
Evaluating Reliable Sources
Learn to evaluate sources critically and identify what will help you with your research. (QUIZ)
Peer Review, Citations, and Plagiarism
Learn about the peer review process, plagiarism, and how to avoid it using tools from the Library. (QUIZ)
Getting Access to Resources
Try some troubleshooting and learn about the services the Library has to get you what you need.
Writing a Literature Review
Learn the different parts of a literature review and how to contribute within an ongoing conversation.
RefWorks Citation Generator
Learn how to use RefWorks, a new way to collect, manage, and organize research. You can read, annotate, organize, and cite your research as well as collaborate.
Borrowing from the Library
How many books and how long?
Unlimited books for 3 weeks
How many DVDs and how long?
3 DVDs for 3 days
Most items can be renewed if you need to keep them longer than the original due date. To renew, log into your library account. Enter your student ID as the user name and the last 4 digits of your ID as the password.
You can also ask in person at the library front desk, by email, or by calling (215) 709-8851.
Computers and Printing
Computers are available in the Cooke Wing outside of classes on weekdays and during library hours on weekends. The scanner is available to email or save documents via USB during library hours.
Students can email their documents to the Circulation Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and pick them up in the Library. Please make sure to attach the document rather than share it.
Printing fees are 3¢ per page for black and white, 50¢ per page for color. Students can charge up to $5.00 to their library account and pay in cash at the end of the semester.
The Writing Center is staffed by DelVal undergraduate peer tutors who help with writing assignments in all your courses. We view writing as a process that involves planning, reading, drafting, revising, and editing—writing with substance involves discovering your meaning through brainstorming, sharing, and getting lots of feedback.
Citing Your Sources
Get help formatting citations in the major styles in use at DelVal.
Citation generation service covering hundreds of styles including Chicago Scientific (Author-Date), Journal of Animal Science, and Council of Scientific Editors (Name-Year).
Interlibrary loan requests may be delayed due to the pandemic and many library closures.
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.