UT Health Science Center Libraries Page 1 of 2 6/12/12 (kp)
Books, Journals and Internet, Oh My!
Find books in the
). The Catalog provides details, call numbers, and sometimes links to online editions.Search by title (if you know it) or by keyword when you are looking for books on a certain topic.Journals can also be found in the Library Catalog, or you can use the
) for quick access.
Hint: the E-Journal system will only show you electronic online journals. Some journals (especially older ones)may only be in paper
on the shelf
at the library.
Finding Books on the Shelf
All library books are arranged by call number. The Briscoe Library uses the National Library of Medicine system (youprobably used Dewey in school or Library of Congress at other universities). This is usually more helpful than
alphabetical by author that is used in bookstores because most of us don’t know author names. Call numbers are
organized by subject. Need Nursing
visit WY, need Anatomy
visit QS, looking for Obstetrics
visit WQ. If you canfind one good title in the library catalog, look around it on the shelf for related books. The same arrangement is used atReserve and Reference at the library.Even books that cover more than one field are still given a specific call number.For example,
Case Studies in Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
is at WY 18.2 G8224c 2009 on the 5th floor.
“Searching” the Literature
Usually this means you have been asked to find several scholarly articles on a topic that you have chosen or beenassigned by your instructor. The best place to begin this search is in a
). Many libraries have dozens of databases from which to choose. When you visit the Database page (
) you can browse or search for databases bysubject/topic.Nursing and other clinical or healthcare topic searches usually begin in CINAHL or MEDLINE. CINAHL and MEDLINE areavailable in the Databases quick menu (
) on the homepage.
aka “Help my school has a library, and they want me to use it!”