Information Literacy
for the Health Science Student
Lesson 5: A Quick Look at Books
Differences in the Academic World
A book can put your research into
perspective.
Books provide information that is
more in...
Health Sciences and Books
In the health sciences scholarly communication largely takes place in
journals. That’s because s...
Newer the Better
In the sciences information changes quickly. Science books
may be outdated within a very short time.
Classic Texts
Some books are important
due to the contribution their
authors have made to the
health sciences.
Other books...
Reference Books
Reference books are intended primarily
for consultation.
There are many useful reference books
available f...
Locating Books
If you’re in college books can be
obtained in and through your
campus library.
Start with the Library’s Catalog
First connect to the catalog
through the library's
website.
Then use the Search box to
fi...
The Physical Book
From the results list locate the
books you want to use.
The call numbers act as an address
for the book’...
Electronic Books
Your library has access to millions
of books through their databases
and other online resources.
Look for...
Books Delivered to Your Library
Interlibrary loan services like
EZ-Borrow allow you to obtain
books from some the largest
...
NCBI Bookshelf
A collection of e-books in a
variety formats.
• Acrobat .pdf
• HTML
• Searchable HTML
An excellent resource...
Browse the Titles
Select the hyperlinked title
to view the text of a book.
Searchable Texts
The text of certain books is
accessible only through a search
and view method. They cannot
be read page b...
Search Text within a Book
Text within a book is
searchable.
Search terms are
highlighted in chapters and
pages of the book.
Bookshelf Collection Size
The Bookshelf currently
contains over 2300 e-
books.
Many titles can be read
online or downloade...
Next we will discuss putting your research together.
Do the student activity for this lesson.
After that proceed to the ne...
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This lesson discusses the use of books in the health sciences and how to find the books you need. This is the fifth lesson of the Eastern University open access course at http://eudigitalbadges.org.

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Lesson 5: A Quick Look at Books

  1. 1. Information Literacy for the Health Science Student Lesson 5: A Quick Look at Books
  2. 2. Differences in the Academic World A book can put your research into perspective. Books provide information that is more in-depth than journal articles do. However, it is the nature of book publishing that the information doesn’t change as rapidly as the information published in journals.
  3. 3. Health Sciences and Books In the health sciences scholarly communication largely takes place in journals. That’s because scientific information changes rapidly. Yesterday’s health science fact may be outdated by today’s research. In the humanities (history, philosophy, theology, the fine and performing arts) scholarly communication largely takes place in books. That’s because new information needs to be placed in context of a history of ideas. The humanities’ scholars take a broader view in their research.
  4. 4. Newer the Better In the sciences information changes quickly. Science books may be outdated within a very short time.
  5. 5. Classic Texts Some books are important due to the contribution their authors have made to the health sciences. Other books can place a discipline within a historical or conceptual context.
  6. 6. Reference Books Reference books are intended primarily for consultation. There are many useful reference books available for the health sciences. They provide information in a brief format useful for on-the-go information or to begin research. Currency is important in the reference book a researcher uses. Medical terminology and drug information can change quickly. Reference books must be up-to-date.
  7. 7. Locating Books If you’re in college books can be obtained in and through your campus library.
  8. 8. Start with the Library’s Catalog First connect to the catalog through the library's website. Then use the Search box to find books in the Library.
  9. 9. The Physical Book From the results list locate the books you want to use. The call numbers act as an address for the book’s location on the shelf.
  10. 10. Electronic Books Your library has access to millions of books through their databases and other online resources. Look for links to: • eBrary • EBSCOhost eBooks • EBSCOhost PsycBooks • NCBI Bookshelf • Internet Archive • Google Books
  11. 11. Books Delivered to Your Library Interlibrary loan services like EZ-Borrow allow you to obtain books from some the largest university libraries in the world. Use online search form and then select your book from thousands of titles. Texts usually arrive within 3 to 5 days.
  12. 12. NCBI Bookshelf A collection of e-books in a variety formats. • Acrobat .pdf • HTML • Searchable HTML An excellent resource for free full-text books in the biosciences and health sciences is the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) Bookshelf. Bookshelf provides free access to books and documents in life science and healthcare. The Bookshelf enables users to easily browse, retrieve, and read content, and spurs discovery of related information.
  13. 13. Browse the Titles Select the hyperlinked title to view the text of a book.
  14. 14. Searchable Texts The text of certain books is accessible only through a search and view method. They cannot be read page by page. Search terms are highlighted in chapters and pages returned on the results list.
  15. 15. Search Text within a Book Text within a book is searchable. Search terms are highlighted in chapters and pages of the book.
  16. 16. Bookshelf Collection Size The Bookshelf currently contains over 2300 e- books. Many titles can be read online or downloaded to your computer.
  17. 17. Next we will discuss putting your research together. Do the student activity for this lesson. After that proceed to the next lesson. Revised Thursday, February 12, 15.

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