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A program guide to nursing research and resources at NOVA. Direct comments to or

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Sample Searches

Sample Searches:

cross infection AND handwashing

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the terms. Searching for cross infection AND handwashing will only include books that have both cross infection and handwashing in their contents.


handwashing OR hand disinfection

Use OR between similar terms. Searching for handwashing OR hand disinfection will find books that refer to either term.


"cross infection"

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



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word. Using pollut* as a search term will include results that refer to microbes, microbology, microbial, microbacteria, and microbiologist.

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.)