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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.

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Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

 dental care AND instruments 

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


(instruments OR periodontal instruments) AND dental care

Use OR between similar concepts.  Searching for dental instruments OR periodontal instruments will find books that refer to either term.


"periodontal instruments"

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



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using instrument* as a search term will include results that refer to instrument, instruments, instrumentation, etc.

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.)