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Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

urban AND infrastructure

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the concepts.  Searching for urban AND infrastructure will only include books that have urban and infrastructure in their contents.


("tensile strength" OR "ultimate strength") AND steel

Use OR between similar concepts.  Searching for ("tensile strenght" OR "ultimate strength") AND steel will find books that refer to tensile strength and steel, as well as ultimate strength and steel.


"stress test"

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



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using robot* as a search term will include results that refer to robot, robots, robotic or robotics. 


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.

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.)

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.