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Nursing Research Guide

FAU Libraries Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute subject guide for Nursing Research

Locating Books

The FAU Library Catalog allows you to search for books, government documents, DVDs, electronic books, and other materials in the Library's collection. The catalog will tell you if the library owns a particular periodical (journal or magazine), but the catalog does not include the articles found in those periodicals. To find an article, you must use a different database (click on the "Find Articles" tab above). 

Basic Search:  find books by Keyword, Title or Author

The Advanced search screen allows you to combine terms using “and", "or", "not”.  (Example:  "rehabilitation" AND "depression").  You can also limit your search by location, date, format, or language. 


  • write down the name of a book you may be able to use
  • take note of the book location, call number and availability
  • you can check your library account for your holds and loans
  • you may renew books online if no one has placed a hold on your item
  • "cite this" gives you the reference in APA format

Find Books Beyond FAU

The WorldCat database allows you to search a combined catalog of most of the libraries in North America, and many in other parts of the world. Items not owned by FAU may be ordered through the Interlibrary Loan service.

Find Doctoral Dissertations

What is a Call Number?

On the spine of every book you will see a label with a series of numbers and letters.  This unique combination of numbers and letters are referred to as the “call number”.  The call number tells us the subject of the item as well as the shelf location.  For more information on call numbers, click here.

Subject Headings

For a list of Nursing subject headings, please click here.

About Interlibrary Loan

Having trouble locating a particular book or article?  If you are looking for a specific book or article that is not owned by your FAU campus library, you can borrow it from another FAU campus or even from another university by using interlibrary loan (ILL).

Interlibrary loan uses a program called ILLiad to process your requests and find items at other libraries. You can also use ILLiad to track your requests once they have been entered. Materials can then be picked up at the branch closest to you.

FAU will not interlibrary loan required textbooks for your class.  If you request an item that is lost or missing, your request will not be processed.  Please call or see a librarian.  REMEMBER Interlibrary loan takes time (7-10 days), so you cannot wait until the last minute to request these materials.

Last updated on Mar 6, 2023 4:38 PM