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HCS 201: Health and the Caring Professions: Finding Books

Some Useful General Subject Headings


These subject headings will take you to books assoiciated with medical humaniities. 

You may want to go to the call number areas for these books to browse for the information you need. 

Many of these subject headings also have "narrower terms" that may help you refine your search or "broader terms" that may help you expand it.


You may use any of these subject headings to search the WorldCat database to find books that are not owned by UR.  See the box to the right for information on borrowing books from other libraries.

Borrowing Books from Other Libraries

You may also look for books owned by Virginia Commonwealth University or other area academic libraries by searching their catalogs.  You may check out 5  books from these libraries if you first obtain a RALC form at Boatwright's Main Service Desk and take it with you to the other library.

The WorldCat database allows you to search library catalogs throughout the world.  You may request books from these libraries through Interlibrary Loan but allow 3-4 weeks to receive them:

Finding books


Use the library's discovery tool -- OneSearch * -- to find books on your topic.  OneSearch results can be limited to:

  • books only
  • books only owned at UR
  • e-books only

OneSearch will lead you into the UR Library Catalog ** or you can begin your search there.  Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:

  • Start with a keyword search and when you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subject headings to help guide further searching.

  • The keyword search is searching the titles, subject headings, and any contents notes in the catalog record -- not the full text of the book.

  • Most books by and about a topic are shelved together, so once you have a few call numbers, you can BROWSE.  Books on physics are classified in the QC's.  These books are shelved on Boatwright's B2 level.

  • All circulating books are shelved on the B1 and B2 levels of Boatwright.  Reference books are in the Research & Collaborative area of the 1st floor.

You may also look for books owned by Virginia Commonwealth University or other area academic libraries.  You may check out books from these libraries if you first obtain a form at Boatwright's Information Desk and take it with you to the other library.

WorldCat *** allows you to search library catalogs throughout the world.  You may request books from these libraries through Interlibrary Loan but allow 3-4 weeks to receive them.


Using the UR Catalog


The first place to check for books on your topic is the UR Library Catalog.  Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:

  • If you haven't identified a subject heading for your topic, start with a keyword search.  Wen you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subject headings to help guide further searching.
  • The keyword search is searching the titles, subject headings, and any contents notes -- not the full text of the book.
  • If you want books about Lewis Thomas, use the Subject search.

  • If you want books by Lewis Thomas, use the Author search.
  • Most books about a topic are shelved together, so once you have a few call numbers, you can browse for others.  For example, most books on medical ethics are in the R720's call number area.

  • The circulating print books are shelved on Boatwright's lower levels. Call numbers A-HF are located on B1; HG-Z are on B2.