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Certified Dental Assistant

Featuring Okanagan College Library resources for Certified Dental Assistant Program students

Locating Books or DVDs

OCtopus is the name of the search tool you can use to find research and reference sources in the library. Generally speaking, it is best to keep your searches basic rather than type out an entire research question. Please see below for examples of search terms and phrases that you can use in OCtopus that are most likely to return results related to your research.

After you have found a book or DVD in OCtopus, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: If a book or DVD is not at your campus, you can request the item

Location: Where the book or DVD is found in the library (circulating, reference, on reserve, on display, video)

Call Number: The call number on the spine is used to find the book or DVD on the shelf

Status: Available or checked out (you can place a hold on a book or DVD that is checked out)


Examples of Subject Terms & Phrases

Asepsis and antisepsis

Cross infection prevention

Dental assistants

Dental caries

Dental emergencies

Dental instruments and apparatus

Dental materials

Dental pharmacology

Dental records


Mouth diseases

Older people dental care

Oral hygiene


People with disabilities dental care



Teeth anatomy

Teeth care hygiene

Teeth diseases

Teeth extraction

Teeth radiography

Examples of DVDs

Call Numbers

If you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, you may find it useful to browse the Library shelves at the following call number locations:

BF 1-BF 839   Psychology

HV 1551-HV 3024   Disabilities

QM   Human Anatomy

QP  Human Physiology

R   Medicine

      R 123  Medical Terminology

RK   Dentistry

RM   Pharmacology 

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