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FAQ’s – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

q       BOOKS, Etc.

      How do I find a book?
How do I find electronic books?
What does it mean when something is ON RESERVE?
How do I find my subject area so I can browse for a book on the shelf? (NLM Classification)
What does the call number mean?
How can I renew a book?
Can I see what books I have checked out?
How do I suggest new titles for the library to purchase?
Can I check materials out of other campus libraries?
Can I check CD-ROMs out of the HPD Library?
Can I check videos out of the HPD Library?

q       JOURNALS

      What journals does the HPD library subscribe to?
Do I need an NSU ID to use the journals?
How do I find articles?
How do I find a review article (summary)?
How do I request articles not at NSU?
How long does it take to get articles from Interlibrary Loan?
How do I find articles on course reserve?
Can a real person help me?
Can I check journals out of the library?
Are there copiers in the library? How much do the copies cost?

q       DATABASES

      How do I choose the best database for my search?
Why can't I get into the database?
Why doesn't my password work?
Do you offer classes in database use?
How do I set up my account in MDConsult?
How do I get help with Ovid, Ebsco, MDConsult, UptoDate, Stat!Ref, etc.
Where can I find medical news?
How do I find info on alternative therapies?

q       LIBRARY SERVICES/INFORMATION

      Who can use the HPD Library?
What are the Library hours?
Are you open on holidays?
Are there quiet study rooms available?
Can I bring food and drinks into the library?
Where is the library located?
Are there any computers for student use in the library?
Does the HPD Library have wireless access?

 

BOOKS, Etc.

 How do I find a book?

Check in NOVACAT, the online catalog for books, videos, etc., in all of NSU’s libraries.  You can search by title, author, keyword, or subject.  Materials in the Health Professions Division Library will be indicated by the word HEALTH.  Those in the Alvin Sherman LRITC (Main campus library) will have MAIN as the location, and those at the  Law Library and Technology Center will be indicated by the word LAW.  You can also check the current availability of any title. 

In the Health Professions Division Library;

q       HEALTH  indicates that the book is in the circulating collection, located on the right hand side of the library.  These books may be checked out of the library for a period of two weeks with valid NSU ID.

q       HEALTH RESERVE indicates that the item is in the Reserve section behind the circulation desk.  You must ask for the book at the desk, sign the blue card, and check it out with valid NSU ID.  These books are checked out for three hours.

q       HEALTH REFERENCE indicates that the book is located on the Reserve shelves, which are the low shelves just past the Copy Room.  These books do not leave the library.

q       HEALTH CDRom Library Use may be requested at the Circulation Desk.  These CD-Roms do not leave the library, but may be used in the computer lab attached to the library or in the Kiosk computers across from the Circulation Desk.

q       HEALTH CDRom Circulating indicates that the CDRom may be checked out of the library for seven days. Please ask for these titles at the Circulation Desk.

q       HEALTH VIDEO items are housed behind the Circulation Desk and must be checked out for use in the library only.  All of the Study Rooms in the library are equipped with video players.

 

How do I find electronic books?

q       For most medical and health textbooks, select Electronic Books from the HPD Library home page. You can view the alphabetical list or the subject list. These books are located within databases, namely Books @Ovid, MDConsult, and Stat!Ref.  By clicking on the symbol after the title, you will be linked to the specific database which has the title.

q       For other electronic books, search by title or subject in NOVACAT.  The caption WEB FULL TEXT or the symbol  (EBOOKS) will indicate that the title is available in electronic form.  Click on the link to the electronic book and follow the instructions for creating an account and accessing the title online.

 

What does it mean when something is ON RESERVE?

There are two kinds of reserve materials:

q       Reserve books and videos are required or recommended textbooks from class syllabi or videos that have been produced by instructors or other students for a specific class.  These materials are shelved behind the Circulation Desk (videos are in the cabinet across from the Circulation Desk).  These items are loaned out for a period of three hours and must remain in the library.

q       Electronic course reserves are journal articles, chapters of books, or other short items that have been made available online.  An instructor provides the item for the library.  It is scanned and made available through our Electronic Course Reserves list and through NOVACAT.  Your instructor will provide a password for access.

 

How do I findmy subject area so I can browse for a book on the shelf? (NLM Classification)

HPD Library uses the National Library of Medicine classification scheme.  Books on a particular topic (such as dental radiology) will be grouped together on the shelf.  You can see the overall subject list by clicking HERE.

 

What does the call number mean?

q       The letters on the top line indicate the broad subject category of the item (e.g. WS=Pediatrics). 

q       The numbers on the second line indicate the subtopic within that broad category (e.g. 115=Nutrition).

q       The next line is based on the author/producer of the item. (e.g. N9839)

q        The final line is the publication date.

So, altogether the call number looks like this:   WS
                                                                   
115
                                                                   
N9839
                                                                   
2003

 

 How can I renew a book? 

If the book is not overdue, select “Renew Books” on the HPD Library home page or go into NOVACAT and select “View Your Circulation Record.”  Type in your last name and NSU ID number.  Scroll down the top box to find “---items currently checked out” and click on it.  Select the items you want to renew and follow the appropriate directions.

 If the material is overdue, you will have to bring the items into the HPD Library to renew them.  If there is a hold on the title, you will not be able to renew it. There is a maximum of two renewals on line.  After that, you must bring it back to the library for renewal.

Can I see what books I have checked out?

Go into NOVACAT and select “View Your Circulation Record.”   Type in your last name and NSU ID number.  Scroll down the top box to find “---items currently checked out” and click on it. 

Suggest new titles for the library to purchase?

On the HPD Library home page, choose “Suggest new titles” in the box with the heading BOOKS.

Can I check materials out of other campus libraries?

Yes, with your valid NSU ID card, you can check out materials in any NSU Library.  There are restrictions on some materials, such as in the Law Library and in the Reserves Section in the Main Library.

Can I check CD-Roms out of the HPD Library?

Yes, many of our CD-Roms may be checked out of the library for a period of seven days.  Ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance or check the title in NovaCat.

Can I check videos out of the HPD Library?

No, the HPD Library has only instructional videos which must be used in the library.  All of the Library study rooms are equipped with video players. 

 

JOURNALS

What journals does the HPD library subscribe to?

There are three places you can check the list of journals:

q       The current HPD Library journals list is available in PDF format, both as an alphabetical list and as a subject list.  This list is also available in print on the handouts shelf to the right of the library entrance.

q       Electronic journals are listed alphabetically or can be searched individually.

q       NOVACAT lists all the print journals in all NSU libraries, with links to those which are also available online.

 

Do I need an NSU ID to use the journals?

q       Anyone can use the print journals on the open shelves.  Coin and card-operated copiers are available for use in the libraries.

q       For electronic journals, you will need to authenticate your access with your last name and NSU ID number.

 

How do I find articles?

CLICK ON THIS LINK to find out how to search for articles.

 

How do I find a review article (summary)?

To find a summary or review of the latest information on a topic:

q       In the OvidWeb or EbscoHost search screen, select “Review articles” as a limiter.  A review article will also give you many references to other articles.

q       Or, use the database UptoDate or Clinical Evidence as a starting point.  This will give you an overview of current research and therapies on a topic.

   

How do I request articles not at NSU? 

There are several variations in this answer:

q       If the journal is not available in print or online through NSU, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan Office.  Fill out the form at http://www.nova.edu/cwis/hpdlibrary/ill.html and click on “Submit Request.”  The article will be made available to you through your email.

q       If you are a distance student or distance faculty and the article is not available online, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan Office.  Fill out the form at http://www.nova.edu/cwis/hpdlibrary/ill.html and click on “Submit Request.”  The article will be made available to you through your email.

q       If you are searching in Ovid, and either one of the previous conditions apply, you can select the articles you want by checking the small box to the left of the citation.  Then scroll to the bottom of the page to the Citation Manager.  Select “Order” and follow the instructions.  This form will be submitted directly to our Interlibrary Loan Office and you will receive your article via email.

 

How long does it take to get articles from Interlibrary Loan?

Generally speaking, articles can come to you within 24-48 hours.  However, there are many variables that can affect delivery time.  For example, if your request is for a rather obscure journal or for an old issue of a journal, the wait may be longer.  If the library from which we request the article does not respond immediately, that will delay your request.  If the print copy of the article is of poor quality, it may not be sent electronically; hence a delay due to using snail mail.  If you think a reasonable amount of time has passed and you still don’t have your article, please give the Interlibrary Loan Office a call at 954/262-3120. DO NOT RESUBMIT YOUR REQUEST.

 

How do I find articles on course reserve?

Click on this link:  http://www.nova.edu/cwis/hpdlibrary/pdf/course.pdf  and follow instructions.

 

Can a real person help me?

Certainly.  Click on this link to find the best way to contact someone:

http://www.nova.edu/cwis/hpdlibrary/askref.html

 

Can I check journals out of the library?

No, journals stay in the library.  There are copiers located in the library, and they take both cash and NSU Smart Cards.

 

Are there copiers in the library?  How much do the copies cost?

Yes, there are seven public access copiers in the HPD Library and one in the Assembly II building.  Copies are 10 cents each.  The copiers take both cash and NSU Smart Cards.

 

DATABASES

How do I choose the best database for my search?

Check out our SUBJECT LIST OF DATABASES for help in selecting the best one for your search.

 

Why can’t I get into the database?

Occasionally there are problems with access to the database.  The problem may be local; that is, the NSU network may be experiencing difficulties.  Or the company which supplies the database may be having problems.  Generally speaking, these access problems do not last for any length of time, so try again in an hour or so.

Some databases limit the number of users who can access them at the same time.  For example, we have purchased access for only one user at a time for SportDiscus.  Simultaneous users for other databases vary.

 

Why doesn’t my password  work?

As long as you are registered in the NSU student, staff or faculty accounting system. you should have access.  If you are unable to get into the databases, please email us (wann@nova.edu) so that we can address the problem.

Do you offer classes in database use?

CLICK HERE to request a training session with a reference librarian.  We are happy to meet with you at your convenience to help you with our databases, with searching for full text journals, and with specific searches.  If there are several people interested in a training session, we will schedule one in our computer lab at your convenience.

 

How do I set up my account in MDConsult?

The first time you access MDConsult, you must set up a personalized account.  This is a simple process in which you choose your own user name and password.  Simply click on  “Register for Access” under “Membership” on the left hand side of the page and follow the instructions.

 

How do I get help with Ovid, Ebsco, MDConsult, UptoDate, Stat!Ref, etc.

CLICK HERE for a list of tutorials and guides for the various databases.

 

Where can I find medical news?

There are many excellent websites with current medical news.  MDConsult updates their site daily.  You can access this database through our Electronic Databases list.

Other medical/health sites are listed in our Useful Weblinks pages (http://www.nova.edu/cwis/hpdlibrary/links.html) .

 

How do I find info on alternative therapies?

NSU has access to several databases that include alternative/complementary therapies, including AltHealth Watch, Natural Medicines, MANTIS.  There are also several links to recommended websites under Useful Web Links.

 

LIBRARY SERVICES/INFORMATION

Who can use the HPD Library?

Anyone is allowed to come into the HPD Library and use the resources of the library.  However, only members of the NSU community may check items out of the library.  A valid NSU ID is required to check out an item.  Broward County and SEFLIN library cards are not accepted at the HPD Library.

 

What are the Library hours?

Regular HPD Library hours are:

            Monday-Thursday        7:30 am to Midnight

            Friday                         7:30 am to 9:00 pm

            Saturday                     10:00 am to 10:00 pm

            Sunday                        9:00 am to Midnight

CLICK HERE to check on holiday hours.

 

Are you open on holidays?

We operate on a shortened schedule during most holidays.  CLICK HERE for the current schedule.

 

Are there quiet study rooms available?

There are 48 group study rooms available. 22 are located in the HPD Library and each has a VCR/monitor for viewing videotapes. 26 study rooms are available in the Assembly II building located between the Terry Building and the parking garage.  CLICK HERE for room availability  and study room policies.

 

Can I bring food and drinks into the library?

No food is allowed in the library.  You may bring in covered drinks.

 

Where is the library located?

CLICK HERE for driving directions and a map.

 

Are there any computers for student use in the library?

There are three computers in the HPD Library with internet access. However, there are no printers attached to these computers.

There are computer labs in both the HPD Library and the Assembly II building, maintained by the NSU Office of Information Technology and staffed by monitors from that office.  These labs are open during all library operating hours.

 

Does the HPD Library have wireless access?

Yes, wireless access is available throughout the entire building.  There are also outlets in the library and in the study rooms for internet access.

 

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