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Chemistry: Books & eBooks

Guide by Elizabeth Dellavedova. Direct comments to

Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

greenhouse gases AND coal

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with allthe concepts. Searching for greenhouse gases AND coal will only include books that have both global warming and atmosphere in their contents.


greenhouse gases OR greenhouse effect

Use OR between similar concepts. Searching for greenhouse gases OR greenhouse effect will find books that refer to either term.


"greenhouse gases"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "greenhouse gases" to find the words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word. Using pollut* as a search term will include results that refer to pollute, pollutes, polluted, polluting, and pollution.

When You Find a Book in the Library Catalog...

...Write down the book's Call Number. The call number is basically the book's address, and is what you will use to find the book on the shelf.

Learn More About Call Numbers and Finding Books

(eBooks do not have call numbers. You will view them online.)


eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks, just remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.). More information on downloading eBooks.

Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that you can find some of your textbooks at the library? Stop by the desk and see if your professor provided a copy for you to use.