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Boatwright Memorial Library


Using subject headings

The subject headings below will take you to books associated with health studies. 

You may want to go to stacks in the call number areas for these books to browse for the information you need or use the virtual browse to find any e-books on your topic.. 

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.

Finding books

The first place to check for books on your topic is OneSearch.  If you are looking for any books on your topic, use the "OneSearch" tab.  If you want only books - print or electronic -- that are owned by UR, use the "Books & More" tab.. 

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.  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 -- 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 print 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 lowest level - B2.

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:

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)




If UR does not own a book that you need for your research, use Interlibrary Loan to request it from another library.  Depending on how long it takes for the loaning library to fill the request, you should allow 2-3 weeks for your book to arrive.  You will be notified through email when the book arrives and you can then pick it up at the Information Desk at Boatwright's entrance.

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