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Health Care Assistant (HCA) - Kelowna - 2024

This LibGuide is designed to introduce HCA students to the OC Library resources and services.

Books and EBooks

Find Books & eBooks

When you're looking at books or eBooks as sources for information, remember that you don't necessarily have to read the whole book. Sometimes there will be a chapter or two on your topic that is just what you need. OCtopus will tell you what books we have and where they are shelved. 

Want to restrict your search to books or eBooks only? Once you have performed your search you can use the limiters in the "Refine Results" column to the left of your search results. There are a couple of limiters that you can use:

  • Limit To: select "Catalog Only (Books & Media)"

  • Resource Types: select "Books" and/or "eBooks"


Books in your search results

  • Location tells you which campus library has the book

  • Click "Place Request" to have a book delivered from one campus to another

  • Click the book title and you can see the chapter titles under "content notes"

eBooks in your search results

  • Look for links like "Access Full Text" or "Click here to access eBook"

  • Choose to "read online" or download (some books may have restrictions on how many pages/chapters you can download)

  • "Search within book" allows you to search for keywords/phrases in the text


OC Library has a continuously growing collection of electronic books. You can view them off-campus, and search within the full text. You must be an authenticated user to view e-books off-campus.

Use an OCtopus search to find a large number of e-book collections.

  • Enter your search terms.
  • At results screen, in left menu column Refine Results, click Limit to: Resources types: eBooks

Finding Books on the Shelf

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


BF 1-839


HV 1551-3024     




R 123

Medical Terminology

RC 435-571

Mental Disorders





Renewing Items + Your Library Account

View your Library account and renew materials.  Your library account also shows the status of items you've requested from another OC campus library.

Courtesy email notices are sent to your email.  These courtesy emails are sent when a one-month loan item must be returned or renewed and when a requested item has arrived from another library.

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