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Nursing Resources: Books

Ashland University Library sources for Nursing students and faculty.

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Keyword Search

Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase.  It is useful to start with a keyword search and use the results to identify subject headings. For example you can conduct a keyword search for:

  • tumor, or  
  • (tumor or neoplasm) or
  • (tumor or neoplasm) and children


Subject Search 

Requires Library of Congress Subject Headings. The words have to be typed in the 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

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. 

When crafting a keyword search, consider these 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 quotation 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  

Subject Terms for Nursing Theory

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

Working with OhioLINK

Archer Library is a member of OhioLINK, the state-wide library consortium. You may borrow materials from the OhioLINK catalog and have the material delivered to an OhioLINK library near your home, including most Ohio college libraries, Cuyahoga Public Library branches & the Westerville Public Library. 

Locate the item 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   

Your Library Account

You can renew library books and manage your own library account from a link on the Library web site, OhioLINK books can be renewed online, up to four times, as long as another user has not requested them.

  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."
  5. 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 help. 



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