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Where can I find books… in the library?

The library has books in many locations. This blog article can help you with these locations. You can always stop at the Ask Us Desk for directions.

The library has books in many locations. This blog article can help you with these locations. You can always stop at the Ask Us Desk for directions.

By Dawn Wilson

With the McGoogan Library spread over three floors, it can be difficult to find what you need in an unfamiliar library. Here’s a mini-tour to help you out.

Sixth Floor

This catalog says this book is located on Reserve: Reserve items are located at the Ask Us Desk. They can be used inside the library only, and only for 2 hours at a time. These are books placed for course reserves by your professors.

Isn’t that the same thing as Reference?: Reference books include the newest human atlases, the OED, Directory of Physicians, and drug facts books. They’re located just across from the Ask Us Desk on the wooden shelves. Reference books cannot leave the library, but at least you know they are always here when you need them!

What about Review Books?: We have an entire section of review books to help you study for exams and rotations (ie: USMLE, Step 2, Psychiatry), from different publishers: Pearls of Wisdom, Lange, First Aid, Case Files, Pre-Test, NMS, BRS, and many more. Review and Residency Books are located in the same wooden shelving area as the Reference books. These books are popular, so they can only be checked out for 1 week at a time with 1 renewal.

How about New Books?: New books stay on display for 2 weeks, just to let people know what’s new!

Seventh Floor

When are books located in the Books?: Older books or books not needed for specific courses are located in our regular collection (handily called “Books” in the online catalog). These can be checked out for 2 weeks with 2 renewals.

Didn’t the Journals used to be split alphabetically?: Yes, but now our journals are all located on the 7th floor. They’re still shelved alphabetically by journal title, though.

I’m looking for a UNMC Thesis or Dissertation: Hard-copy theses are located at the top of the stairs, right in front of the Journals.

Eighth Floor

I need a really old thesis, or a really, really old book: You’ll need to make an appointment to get into our Archives (402-559-7094). We have theses going back to the early 1900s, we have a History of Medicine area carrying books too fragile for the shelves, and we also have two Rare Book Rooms with items published during the last several hundred years. These items can be viewed on-site only. More information is available here.

Resource spotlight: Educational literature in ERIC

Looking for articles related to education and instruction? Are your usual go-to databases not working out? Search the ERIC database instead. ERIC stands for the Education Resources Information Center and contains over 1.5 million records. These resources include journal articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and so much more.

Access ERIC under the Literature Databases section of the library’s Quick Links.

Summer reading “sale” at the library

By Dawn Wilson

The school year is almost over, and for some, that means finally, a little time to relax! Whether you’re planning to spend a few days at the beach, or take a long flight overseas, you’re going to need a good book to take with you. We’ve got you covered! Just visit our leisure reading “sale” and browse literary, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, non-fiction, children’s books, picture books, cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, and even some DVDs and CDs.

The McGoogan Library uses the “sale” to raise money for Fontenelle Elementary School. They’re our adopted school library, located in north Omaha, and every year, we buy exciting brand-new books to fill their library.

The sale will start April 6 and run six weeks, through the end of the semester. It’s located on the 6th floor, near the Ask Us desk.

If you have donations that you have found lingering under beds during spring cleaning, by all means, bring them up! We will continue to take donations throughout the sale.

Book “sales” are by donation only.

Search tips: Proximity searching in Embase

By Cindy Schmidt

You want to search for articles about chemotherapy-induced diarrhea but are confronted with a plethora of alternative phrasings.  If you find yourself in this situation, give proximity searching in Embase a try. To find articles about  drug- or chemotherapy-induced diarrhea, you could use the Embase search:

(drug OR chemotherapy) NEXT/1 (related OR associated OR induced) NEXT/1 diarrh*

This Embase search will retrieve any Embase or MEDLINE record containing a phrase in which either “drug” or “chemotherapy” is immediately in front of “related” or “associated” OR “induced” and in which one of these words is immediately in front of a word that begins with diarrh (e.g. diarrhea, diarrhoea, diarrheas, diarrheic, etc.).

If you try proximity searching, be sure you enclose your OR’d alternate word sets in parentheses as shown in the example.  Use the asterisk (*) wildcard symbol when you want to retrieve any word that begins with a word trunk.

Perhaps you’re wondering why the search strategy shown above will retrieve the phrase “drug-induced.”  After all, “drug-induced” is a single word.  It is a single word, but in Embase it’s two words.  Embase, unlike most of our literature database search engines, treats hyphens like spaces.

If you want to allow the presence of an additional word between your “drug” and “related” word sets you could use NEXT/2.  NEXT/2  will retrieve any record in which the search terms you’ve specified are within two words of each other and in the order you entered them. If you wanted to allow the presence of up to 5 words between your word sets, use NEXT/6. If you don’t care about word order but just want your words or word sets to be within 6  words of each other use NEAR/6.