1. About the Shepherd University LibraryS
hepherd University has a very diverse student resources and services in place to assist in virtually every aspect of student life and successful adjustment to successful completion of the Shepherd University Nursing Program. The Nursing Program Director is working collaboratively with the Library to identify and request additional resources needed for students in the Nursing Program. During the planning and design phase of the Shepherd University Nursing Program there was a commitment by the Shepherd University Board of Directors to allocate and commit to supporting the nursing program both in terms of supporting faculty and students.
This allows search library materials, view library account, renew items and request inter library loan service. Wherever internet access is available patrons can also access a wide variety of educational databases and electronic journals on our library homepage. Remote access is available for most of our online databases upon login status.
The library, located in the main campus, contains over 120,430 volumes as well as periodicals and multimedia resources. Library subscribes nursing databases which include full text articles and dissertations in nursing and related field. The catalog and many resources are available on the library homepage.
Student ID card is necessary to checkout materials at the Shepherd Library. Any person who wants to borrow library resources need to apply a student ID card. Patrons who are not affiliated with Shepherd University must have a valid permission from the library for use.
Students are encouraged to use the library for individual research and study purposes and are expected to maintain a quiet atmosphere conducive to study at all times. There is no public use telephone available in the library.
A number of additional library services are available for faculty and students. Librarians are on duty to assist clients during all hours of operation. Clients can get help in locating needed information in the library or in outside sources. Additional services also include: (1) computerized catalog system; (2) library homepage; (3) reference service; (4) copy machines; (5) computerized bibliographic search service through the database of Medline, PubMed, WorldCat, and ProQuest Nursing, EBSCO, etc.
2. Library of Congress Classification
The Arrangement of books on the shelves
Our catalog uses the Library of Congress classification system, an alphanumeric system which groups books by subject categories, or classes. Below, we explain what a call number is, how to read call numbers, the shelving and filing rules of call numbers, and LC classification.
What is a call number?
A call number is like an address; it tells you where the book is located on the shelf. Each book, CD-ROM, journal, etc., has its own unique call number which is attached to the book’s spine or upper left hand corner of the cover (or envelope). A book’s call number also appears in the catalog entry in the library’s online catalog (OPAC).
Reading Call Numbers
The Library of Congress arranges materials by subject, or ‘class’ (see the last section below for more information on classes). The first section of the call number represents the subject of the book. The second section often represents the author’s name, and the last section is the date of publication.
In the following example of a call number for the book “What you need to know about developing study skills” by Marcia J. Coman published in 1991. LB2395 is the subject (Methods of Study), .C65 represents the author’s last name (Coman), and 1991 is the year of publication.
Shelving/Filing Rules of LC Call numbers
Single letters are filed before double letters:
Q QC QL R RA
The second part of a call number is made up of a number that may have one or more digits. This line is read numerically. A call number with a smaller number is shelved before one that has a larger number. Some of these numbers may be divided by a point: these are also read numerically (smaller numbers are shelved before larger numbers).
The third part is the trickiest part of the call number. This part of the call number is called the “cutter”. The numbers in this part are treated like decimals.
Follow these general rules when dealing with cutter numbers:1. Treat the letter of the cutter number alphabetically. For example, cutter numbers beginning with .B are shelved before those starting with .E.2. Smaller first digits after the letter are shelved before larger ones. For example, all cutter numbers beginning with .E3 would be shelved before all cutter numbers beginning with .E4, and those would be shelved before cutters beginning with .E8.3. Smaller second, third, etc. digits are shelved before larger ones. For example, cutters beginning with .E35 are shelved before cutters beginning with .E39. Likewise, for the third number: .E353 is shelved before .E355 and .E359.4. Items with only one digit after the letter are shelved before items with multiple digits beginning with the same number(s). So, the cutter number .E3 is shelved before .E35 , which is shelved before .E359.
Sometimes there are TWO cutter numbers in a call number. The first cutter, in these cases, is related to the subject of the work. The second cutter is related to the author. The shelving order of the second cutter follows the same four rules described above.
Sometimes, the top of the call number has the item’s location: “Ref” for Reference room, etc. The final lines of the call numbers may include copy numbers, issue numbers, volume indicators and other annotations such as supplement or index specifiers. For example, the call numbers below are shelved in Reference:
3. Journal & DatabaseShepherd University Library provides with ready access to online library resources to patrons. Library patrons can access a wide variety of educational electronic journals and databases through the library website. Remote access is available for most of our online databases wherever internet access is available. Most electronic databases contain full-text articles that can be downloaded, printed and saved as e-files.
(1) Go to shepherd library homepage.
(2) Click “LIRN” banner at the bottom of library homepage after login.
Please ask LIRN ID at the library reference desk or log in to the library homepage and go to the databases menu under SEARCH menu.
To access LIRN, go to the LIRN homepage at https://www.lirn.net and select the “Databases” button or go directly to https://www.lirn.net/databases; Enter your LIRN ID when prompted. Once you have logged in, the resources will appear on the LIRN Gateway Menu.
Note that on the LIRN Gateway Menu, there is a search box that allows you to directly query across vendors using our federated search service, LIRNSearch.
The default view for you is the Subject view. You can change this view during your current session by clicking on one of the other tabs (alphabetical, simple, vendor).
Our Librarian staff have composed a YouTube Video that you might find useful. This can be found on the LIRNotes channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl7tjhNMyFo).
(3) Current online resources for school of nursing
ProQuest Biology Database
ProQuest Family Health Database
ProQuest Health & Medical Collection
ProQuest Health Management Database
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Database
ProQuest ProQuest Central
ProQuest Research Library: Health & Medicine
ProQuest Public Health Database
Ebrary Breast Cancer Searchable Information Center
Ebrary H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center
EBSCOhost American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955
Directory of Open Access Journals
Merck Manual – Professional Edition
4. Ask a Librarian
Instant Message a SU Librarian
Available whenever SU Librarians are online.
Add us to your buddy list!
IM (instant messaging) is available from 9 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday using the following accounts:
AOL (AIM): sureference
Google Talk: shepherdref
This service is primarily designed for questions that only require a short answer, for example:
• To get information on library services and facilities
• To verify bibliographic citation information
• To request addresses/phone numbers/web sites for companies, associations or government agencies
• To seek assistance in accessing library databases
For other more complex questions, we recommend that you contact us by phone or in person. We will often provide a source or give you a referral, for example:
• To locate factual information, such as statistics or biographical information
• For basic guidance concerning research on a specific topic
If you have questions or comments about this chat service, please e-mail us:
5. Inter Library Loan & Document Delivery ServiceInterlibrary Loan and Document Delivery is a service whereby a user of one library can borrow books that are owned by collaborative institutions. If our Library does not have a book you need, you may request an Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery Service to borrow the materials from another library.
Users can request Interlibrary Loan and Document DeliveryService with the attached request form at the information desk of the library or e-mail, phone, live chat, etc. Check-out and return are processed at the circulation desk. Requested books are checked out to you from the circulation desk upon arrival, and must be returned by the due date. There is penalties for overdue materials. Loan period is about 15 days from the borrowing date. Renewal request will be done 3 days before the due date.
The main thing to remember is to allow enough lead time before your assignment due. It usually takes up to two weeks to receive materials unless it is checked out at the lending library.
Please download and fill out the attached form and contact with library staff to use Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service.
6. Research & Writing Tool
This tool searches several online dictionaries including American Heritage Dictionary and Websters Revised Unabridged dictionary.
lexicool.com: Directory of Bilingual and Multilingual Dictionaries
A searchable directory of “over 1000 translation dictionaries and glossaries.” Search by language, subject, or keyword; available in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Style Manuals/Citing Sources
Reference Management Software – “Mendeley”
Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers. Mendeley requires the user to store all data on its servers.
Essential for writers of term papers, this clearly written guide gives examples of how to cite a specific source using the format of any one of four well-known style manuals: APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian. Among the many examples included are citations for electronic books, online magazines, and Web pages. From one section of the Guide to Library Research site from Duke University Libraries.
How to write a paper
Resources for Writers by George Mason University
Includes information on grammar, style manuals, avoiding plagiarism, etc.
Guide to Grammar and Style By Jack Lynch
Lynch offers a collection of notes on grammar, usage, and hints on clear writing.
Hypergrammar by the Writing Centre at the University of Ottawa.
While the Library thinks that these sites are useful, their content is not under our control and may express views that are not shared by the Shepherd University Library.
If you have any further questions about finding information on this, or any other topic, ask your local the Shepherd University librarian or email us.
7. Book Ordering Site
Shepherd University Library is offering
“Online Book Ordering Site” to nursing students as follows:
That link will take you to our main home page where you can search for required books and/or any reference books you may want to purchase. To receive the 20% discount and free shipping students must use the code: HT5A4EHF That code is specific to Shepherd University.
Add your books to the shopping cart.
Enter the promo code 46406 to receive your discount.
You will receive FREE SHIPPING and 25% off of the list price.
For those students who purchase your textbooks online, you can purchase directly from Lippincott at
and use this special promo code: WZT25AFD to receive a 20% discount plus Free Shipping on your entire order.
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