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* Nursing Resources: Books

Ashland University Library sources for Nursing students and faculty.

Searching AU Library Catalog

 Do a quick search in the AU library catalog.  

AU Library Catalog:  

Go to  AU Library Catalog

Keyword Search

·        Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase.  . 

·        With keyword you can search for simply “tumor” or for (tumor OR neoplasm) or for (tumor OR neoplasm) AND children. It can be useful to start with a keyword search and use the results to identify the subject headings.

Subject Search 

·        Requires specific Library of Congress Subject Headings. The words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress. You cannot use AND or OR.

       Examples of Library of Congress Subject Headings  

Nursing -- Research -- Methodology

Neoplasms -- nursing -- Child

Surgical nursing -- Problems, exercises, etc

Need More Books? Use OhioLINK to Locate and Access Books

 Ashland University Library is a member of OhioLINK, the state-wide academic library consortium. The OhioLINK catalog includes material from several 2 public library systems, NEOUMED, the Cleveland Clinic, the State Library of Ohio, and most Ohio university & college libraries.  You may borrow materials from the OhioLINK catalog and have the material delivered to any of the 87 OhioLINK libraries closer to your home, including most Ohio college libraries, Cuyahoga Public Library branches & the Westerville Public Library. 

Locate the book you need in the OhioLINK catalog and click on the Request link.  Select AU as your institution, type in your name & AU ID number, pick-up institution, and pick-up location.   It normally takes 3-4 days for items to arrive at the designated pick-up location. You may return to any OhioLINK library. This service is not used to request articles. 

                            Go to the OhioLINK Catalog   


Map and locations of OhioLINK Libraries

OhioLINK Policies and Overdue Fines

How to Efficiently Search a Library Catalog

Keyword Search

 Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase.  Use only simple words, not sentences or concepts. 

 With keyword searches you can use these search tips: 

¨      Use AND to limit your search to results that include ALL of the keywords (Ex.- orem  AND self-care)

¨      Use OR to expand your search and indicate that you would like results with either term (Ex.-muslim OR islam )

¨      Use * as a wildcard.  Tacked on to a root word it retrieves variants. For example: nurs* retrieves articles on nurse, nurses, nursing, etc. 

-      Use quote marks or parentheses to indicate that you want one or more words in the exact order in which you  type them  [Ex.-“myocardial infarction”  or  (myocardial infarction) AND (long-term care)

¨      Try to think of other ways to think of your concept in order to increase your results (Ex.-Rather than looking for articles on “gender” you can try: gender OR sex difference OR male OR female OR men  OR women)


Subject Search 

·       Requires specific Library of Congress Subject Headings. The words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress.  When you see Subject terms in a book record, they are links.  Click and you'll find more books on that topic.


Examples of Library of Congress Subject Headings  

Myocardial infarction -- Patients -- Rehabilitation

Antineoplastic Agents -- therapeutic use -- Handbooks  

* (Another type of subject search is specific to medical topics. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles for MEDLINE/PubMed. The OhioLINK catalog also uses MeSH. See the Articles and Databases tab for more details.)

Subject Terms for Nursing Theory

 Nursing Theory

Philosophy, Nursing

Models, Nursing

You may also search the theorist's name in a keyword search. (The catalog does not use theorists' names as a subject heading.)

Your Library Account

You can renew library books and manage your own library account from a link on the AU Library web site, regardless of where you have OhioLINK books delivered.  OhioLINK books can be renewed online, up to four times, as long as another user has not requested the item.

 1. Log on to your library account from our library's home page or click the link below.

2. Click on # items currently checked out.

3. Select the items you want to renew.

4. Click on "renew selected items."

 CDs, DVDs and videos requested through OhioLINK may not be renewed.

 This process only works for material that is not overdue.  If items are overdue, you will need to call our circulation desk 419.289.5400 and ask for a renewal. 



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