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Health Sciences

A general guide for health sciences research. For guides specific to the Nursing and Allied Health programs, please see the "NUR & Allied Health Guides" tab. Direct comments to

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Search the Library Catalog


Here are a few places you can find eBooks, just remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password.

More information on downloading eBooks.

Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

affordable care act AND seniors

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the terms. Searching for affordable care act AND seniors will only include books that have both affordable care act and seniors in their contents.

seniors OR elderly

Use OR between similar terms. Searching for seniors OR elderly will find books that refer to either term.

affordable care act"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "affordable care act" to find the words in that specific order.


Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using attend* as a search term will include results that refer to attend, attend, attended, attendance, and attendant.

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.

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.)