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BIO 141/142 & NAS 150, 161/162 (ELI): Books & eBooks

This guide will introduce you to useful resources for BIO 141/142, NAS 150 & 161/162 course assignments. If you have questions or comments, please contact Heather Blicher at

Books: Get to Know Your Topic

Books and eBooks are a great choice when you're new to a subject, since they can provide topic overviews and background information. They don't need to be read cover-to-cover to be useful - just check the table of contents or the index to find sections that are relevant to your interests.  In eBooks, you can do a search for your topic within the book.


Find Books in the Library Catalog

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Search Library Catalog for books, eBooks, DVDs & streaming video.



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Sample Searches:

Muscular system AND tissue

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the concepts. Searching for Muscular system AND tissue will only include books that have both global warming and atmosphere in their contents.

anatomy OR physiology

Use OR between similar concepts. Searching for anatomy OR physiology will find books that refer to either term.

"Respiratory System"

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



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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.

Tips for Searching the Library Catalog

Watch this 3-minute video for an introduction to searching the library catalog, including:

  • Where is the catalog?
  • What can I find in the catalog?
  • Quick tips for searching
  • How do I request books?
  • How do I find eBooks and videos that I can use online?