Shatford Library

Shatford Library


1. Library Catalog - Find Books and Media

The library catalog is a database of books, media and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Geriatric nursing
  • Health services administration
  • Medical history taking
  • Nursing -- administration
  • Nursing -- Cross-cultural studies
  • Nursing diagnosis
  • Nursing ethics
  • Nursing plans

Related subjects (narrower, broader and see also)

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Medical care
  • Medical ethics
  • Pharmaceutical arithmetic
  • Pharmacology 
  • Psychiatric nursing

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select title browse from the drop down menu, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, first name, e.g. 'Smith, Sandra F.'

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.  You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

  • Example: Medical history taking (as a phrase, subject) AND nursing (all of these, keyword)

To search by keyword, type in the words you want to search for then select from the menu whether you want to search for all of these, any of these (e.g., RNA or ribonucleic acid), or as a phrase (e.g., chemical elements).

Book Resource List prepared for the 2009 Accreditation visits

Book Resource List sorted by call number

Nursing Historical Book Collection

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as Nursing. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Specialized Dictionaries

  • Black's Medical Dictionary (Ref 610.3 B 2)
  • Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (REF 610.3 D 1-4)
  • Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health (REF 610.3 M 1-2)
  • Gould's Medical Dictionary (REF 610.3 G 3-2)
  • Heinemann's Dental Dictionary (REF 617.6003 F 1)
  • Mellon's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (REF 610.3 D 2)
  • Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary (REF 610.3 M 3)
  • Stedman's Medical Dictionary (REF 610.3 S 1-9)
  • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (REF 610.3 T 1)

Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Cecil's Textbook of Medicine (616 C 1)
  • Encyclopedia of Human Biology (REF 612.003 E 1)
  • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine (616 H 5-4)
  • Magill's Medical Guide (REF 610.3 M 4)
  • Oxford Medical Companion (REF 610.3 O 1-2)

Almanacs and Yearbooks

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (REF 317.3 U 1)
  • Statistical Record of Health and Medicine (REF 614.0973 S 1)
  • World Almanac (REF 310 W 1)

Handbooks, Manuals, Directories

  • Allied Health and Rehabilitation Professions Education Directory (REF 610.711 A 2)
  • American Hospital Association. Guide to the Health Care Field (REF 610.24 A 1)
  • Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (REF 615 M 1)
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook (REF 371.425 O 1)
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look for Browse Databases by Name |  by Subject (

  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source More than 250 full-text articles from journals in nursing and allied health. Includes scholarly journal articles.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online The complete Encyclopedia Britannica with related web links.
  • Use SIRS Knowledge Source, a database of both periodicals and government resources. Look under "Government Reporter", Domestic Affairs, Education, or search by government department (eg. Education Department).
  • Periodical title list : retrieve a subject listing a nursing periodicals and journals available through Shatford Library.
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site or see recommended websites below.

Hardin MD
Hardin MD Nursing & Nursing Research
Health Answers
Martindale's Health Science Guide
National Institutes of Health
Merck Manuals
World Health Organization
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last updated: 07/08/2011 by P. Johnson revision #4