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Nursing Research: Books



This page covers the basics of finding books and ebooks at the library. It goes over how to find books and ebooks in the catalog, how to read a catalog record, and how to find books in the library.

Not seeing what you need? Here are some links to information on other common questions:

Find a Book on the Shelves

To find a print book, first identify the correct section of the library by checking the location of the book. Most books are in the "Main Collection" which is on the 3rd floor.

Reading LC Call Numbers

Books sorted in correct order by call number. The book described in the text below has call number N66 .B634 1999

  • N - describes the subject area: read in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • .B634 - describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order

If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.

Using the Reference Collection

What are reference books?

Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, professional handbooks (like the DSM-V), citation style guides, and atlases (like Netter's Atlas). 

What are encyclopedias good for?

  •  Getting a reliable definition for a theory, concept, condition, or intervention
  •  Learning about a new topic or concept so you're ready to read more detailed articles and arguments
  •  Identifying fundamental sources on a topic, like the articles that defined a theory or identified a condition
  •  Gathering keywords on your topic to find more sources

Where can I find reference books?

  •  Physical reference books are kept behind the Research Assistance Desk.
  •  We also have online reference books that you can find in the catalog or via OneSearch.

Finding Books and Browsing Books

The books in the library are organized according to Library of Congress subject headings. This means books are organized by subject rather than by title or author. 

Search for Books or Ebooks in the Catalog

  1. From the library homepage, select the Books/Catalog tab and then choose Advanced Catalog Search. 
  2. Type in your search terms, then set the Material Type as Print for a physical book and Online for an electronic book. 

Tips for Searching

  • Unless you're looking for a known title, try to use only a few words or phrases. 
  • Check your spelling. The catalog is very literal, and a mispelled word will match no items. 
  • If we don't have what you're looking for, search Prospector to request the book be sent to UCCS from another library. To search Prospector, go to the library homepage, and find the Prospector link. 

Browse Books in the Library

Below is a list of the relevant LOC call numbers. You can use them to locate in the library the area where books on a topic are generally located. All books whose call numbers start with these letters will be in the same area of the library.

  •  QM - Human anatomy
  •  QP - Physiology
  •  R - General medicine
  •  RA - Public aspects of medicine (including Public Health, food and food supply, rural health, personal health, nutrition, and hygeine)
  •  RC - Internal medicine
  •  RC581-607 - Allergies
  •  RC620-627 - Nutritional diseases
  •  RC952-954 - Geriatric care
  •  RC1200-1245 - Sports medicine
  •  RD792-811 - Physical rehabilitation post surgery
  •  RJ52-53 - Pediatric therapeutics
  •  RJ206-235 - Pediatric nutrition
  •  RM214-258 - Diet therapy and dietary cookbooks
  •  RM695-893 - Physical medicine (including physical, massage, exercise, and occupational therapy)