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Practical Nursing: Books + E-Books

This guide will help students with Practical Nursing research in the OC Library collection and on the Internet.

Books

A library catalogue is a complete list of all the materials in a library collection, presented in a way that helps users find and retrieve those materials.

Find books, ebooks, DVDs, videos and more using OC Library's catalogue or OCtopus.

There are different ways to search for items. For example:

  • by keywords that describe your topic
  • by subject heading (a specific word or phrase from a defined list)
  • by title
  • by author

There are different ways to refine or limit your search results. For example:

  • by campus location (Kelowna, Penticton, online)
  • by type (book, visual material)
  • by date of publication

View your Library account and renew materials. Also see the status of items you have requested from another OC campus library.

Courtesy email notices are sent to your email when a borrowed item must be returned or renewed, and when a requested item has arrived from another library.

Once you find a book in the catalogue, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: if a book is not at your campus, you can request a transfer .

Location: where is the book in the library - circulating collection, reserves, reference.

Call Number: RT 86 .K626 (you will find this number on the spine of the book).

Status: available, checked out (you can request a hold for a book that is checked out).

E-ReaderElectronic books can offer a great alternative to print books. Find e-books in the Library Catalogue and databases. View e-books off-campus, search full-text, and save them to your own personalized electronic bookshelf. Depending on the title, you may be able to download the e-book to your computer, e-reader, tablet, or handheld device.

If you are off-campus, you may be required to login with your 300 number and last name. For more information on e-books at OC click here. Also look at the background sources tab and articles tab for other e-book sources.

Books (Hardcopy & Physical)

Books are shelved by Library of Congress CALL NUMBER in the stacks
Call numbers are organized by SUBJECT. For example, all books on education will be under the letters LB, depending on the specific subject (ie. teaching, learning, teaching english, etc.).
Specific books will include numbersFor example, classroom assessment will be around the number 2822, which = LB 2822
Click on the title of a book in the catalogue or in OCtopus and you will see a list of links next to 'Subject'. These links take you to other books with the same subject.
Use the Library catalogue to place holds on items checked out, or request books to your campus from other campus libraries.

E-Books (Electronic & Online)

E-Books can be viewed from home, most can be downloaded, and the text is searchable.
Access via OCtopus or the Library's online catalogue. Look for "online access" links.
Download to your computer, tablet, e-reader, or smart phone for offline reading.
Searching for books with OCtopus? Limit your search to ebook or book using the resource type limiter box on the left side of results pages.

 

 



 


 

 



 

 

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OC Library Catalogue Search (Basic)

Search the OC Library catalogue for books, DVDs and other resources.
 
 

Hints for Finding Books

Books (Hardcopy & Physical)

Books are shelved by Library of Congress CALL NUMBER in the stacks
Call numbers are organized by SUBJECT. For example, all books on education will be under the letters LB, depending on the specific subject (ie. teaching, learning, teaching english, etc.).
Specific books will include numbersFor example, classroom assessment will be around the number 2822, which = LB 2822

Click on the title of a book in the catalogue or in OCtopus and you will see a list of links next to 'Subject'. These links take you to other books with the same subject.
Use the Library catalogue to place holds on items checked out, or request books to your campus from other campus libraries.

E-Books (Electronic & Online)

E-Books can be viewed from home, most can be downloaded, and the text is searchable.
Access via OCtopus or the Library's online catalogue. Look for "online access" links.
Download to your computer, tablet, e-reader, or smart phone for offline reading.

Searching for books with OCtopus? Limit your search to ebook or book using the resource type limiter box on the left side of results pages.

Search Other Libraries

Find items in other libraries, both local and around the world. Most items you find may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

UBC Library Search UBC Library
Request items directly from UBC for pick-up at any OC campus library, and return UBC books at OC. Ask your campus library circulation desk to associate your OC card with UBC.
Search ORL Okanagan Regional Library
Get an ORL card and request books for delivery to your nearest ORL branch. Return books to ORL, not to the College.
Search Outlook Online All BC Libraries (Outlook Online)
WorldCat
Books and other materials from thousands of libraries across the world. Request titles via ILL.
   

Search Terms

A few examples of subject headings you can use in the OC Library catalogue.
 
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Communicable diseases
  • Communication in nursing
  • Dementia
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Geriatric nursing
  • Homecare nursing
  • Infection prevention
  • Nurse and patient
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing ethics
  • Palliative treatment
  • Patient education
  • Practical nursing
  • Transcultural nursing
  • Wounds and injuries
                                              

Finding Books on the Shelf

To help you browse the Library shelves, try the following areas:

BF 1-839
Psychology
HV 1551-3024     
Disabilities
QM
Human Anatomy
QP
Human Physiology
R
Medicine
R 123
Medical Terminology
RC 435-571
Mental Disorders
RG
Gynecology & Obstetrics          
RM
Pharmacology
 RT   
Nursing

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