Library & Research Tips for Undergrads: Finding Books

How to find a print, textbook and an eBook
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Call Number Locations:

Books are shelved by call number.  The table below provides a quick guide where each call number is located within the Alvin Sherman Library:

Library of Congress Call Number Floor
A - HD69.3T46 3 (East)         
HD69.T46 - PQ 3 (West)
PR - Z 4 (West)
Dewey Decimal Call Number  
000-999 1 (East)

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Searching in NovaCat

Check Library Learn for more videos (like the one below) on how to search NovaCat for books, e-books, and other types of materials!

NovaCat Search Tips:

NovaCat is the online library catalog for all NSU libraries. You will need to use the NovaCat Catalog to search for books.

  • If you do not find any results, then check your spelling or the fields you searched in.  Selecting different fields will produce different results.

  • If you find too many results, go back and limit your search. Sometimes a search needs to be modified with additional search words, searching only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.  You can search by keyword, author, title, etc.

  • If you find too few results, go back and expand your search. Consider using synonyms for your search words or try to use professional language or terminology.

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