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English-Writing Enhancement-0123: Books

Library Accounts

To check out items at NSU Libraries, the Information Desk is located on the 1st floor, north entrance of the John Vaughan Library. Information Desk contact phone number is 918-444-3235.

Loan Periods for check out items:

  • Three Weeks - for items from the Main Collection, Y Collection, Government Publications, and Curriculum Materials
  • One Week - for Audio Visual items (CDs or DVDs)
  • Library Use only - Periodicals, Newspapers, Magazines, and Reference materials
  • Special Collections items are non-circulating and must be used in Special Collections
  • Reserve Collection - Varies (check with the Information Desk for specifics)

Number of items that can be checked out at one time:

  • Undergraduate Students: 15
  • Graduate Students: 50

Print Limits:

Students are provided a 100 page print limit in the library at the start of each semester. Any additional pages can be purchased at the Information Desk. For additional information about borrowing, renewals, returns, and services, check out the Circulation link below.

JVL Books

Keyword Search

Many systems, like databases, library catalogs online, and Google, default to the "Keyword" search, which uses "natural language" or words. This term or set of terms can appear anywhere or any field in a record, such as title, author, subject, note, etc. The meaning of the words are not considered. For example, the terms "heavy metal" could pull results related to music or related to soil content. Here are some basic tips on how to use the Keyword search.

Tip: Used the Keyword search to combine an author and keywords in a title of his or her work. For example, for information about the poem, "Mending Wall", by Robert Frost, or the fiction novel, House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende, combine the author's last name and a keyword of the title of the work. Note: The names are not case sensitive.
Ex: Frost and Mending
Ex: allende and spirits

Example : stocks and bonds

Tip: Combine or group terms by enclosing them within quotation marks.  
"early childhood education"
"performance enhancing drugs"

Grouping: Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.  

Author Search

The "Author" search locates all items written or co-authored by that author in the library's collections. From the Library home page (see the link below), click on the "Books & Media" tab at the top of the main library page and select "Author" from the drop down menu.

Tip: Enter the author's last name/family name in the search box followed by the author's first name/given name. Examples:

  • Peter Cozzens or Cozzens Peter
  • James Harner or Harner James
  • Betty Ridge or Ridge Betty

Tip: If the author's name is similar to another author's name, provide the middle name initial.

  • Ex: Smith, James D or Smith, James F

Tip: Some author's names and middle initials are the same. If the middle name is given use it, if not generally a quick review of the book titles will determine which author is correct. 

  • Ex: Smith, James Perrin or Smith, James P

Tip: When searching for Latin names using the Library Catalog at NSU Libraries, they can differ in the way they are searched. However, when searching through the database WorldCat (OCLC), it will search for words and will return results. Examples:

  • Garcilaso de la Vega would be entered as: Vega, Garcilaso de la
  • Mario Vargas Llosa would be entered as: Vargas Llosa, Mario
  • Juana Ines de la Cruz would be entered as written, without changing the wording.
  • Federico Garcia Lorca would be entered as Garcia Lorca, Federico
  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca would be entered as Calderon de la Barca, Pedro

Title Search

If you know the title to a book, use the "Title" search option. This search option will pull all records with that title listed in the NSU Libraries collections. For example, if there are several editions of the title in the collection under the same title, these records will be retrieved using the title search.

Example Title: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

There are multiple library records for this title for the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th edition. Review the records to determine which one you need. If you only have a few words in the title, the system will search for any titles with those words.