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MDTC 300: Find books

In the research process: BOOKS

1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)

2. Background (library catalog: books)

3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)

4. Support your argument (source citation)

5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & Writing Center)

    Medical Dictionaries



    Print and eBooks


    The library has a good collection in health sciences. For your needs, you may be looking at some basic sciences and biology books as well. Check out this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to find books in the library. Books in our library are arranged using Library of Congress Classification.  The books you can check out are located on the third floor of the library.  If you ever have trouble finding a book you want, PLEASE ask for help at the Research Help Desk!

    Books can be searched in two ways:

    • by using the Classic Catalog
    • by using SU Libraries Quick search from the library homepage


    Books from other USMAI Libraries

    You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses."  When you find a book you want that is not in Guerrieri Academic Commons  (GAC) or in the Curriculum Resources Center (CRC in Conway Hall), click the "request" button and use your ID number to login.  You can have the book delivered to GAC within 3 or 4 days. 


    Electronic Books

    We have electronic books (e-books) from different vendors. These full-text electronic books are available through the library catalog.





    Call Number Locator

    Are you frustrated trying to find the book in the library? No worries! Try the Call Number Locator and it will tell you the exact aisle location of the book title.

    Call Number Locator

    Intercampus Borrowing

    After checking the library catalog if you find out that we don't have the book that you are looking for, we can still get it from one of the other USMAI libraries.

     Remember you need to choose your campus (for ex. USM Hagerstown, Shady Grove) as your pick-up location.

    If it is a book that SU Libraries has in it's collection, then you'll need to request it through interlibrary loan form! We will send the book to to your home address. Again, check out the Distance Library Services guide (Getting Articles and More tab) for more information.

    ** If all this sounds confusing, please contact Natasha Finnegan ( or Amy Jones (, and they can help you.

    Google Book Project

    Google Book Search