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Nursing Alumni: Books

This is a guide to help nursing alumni find medical resources, libraries, clinical and professional information, and more

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Finding print books:

WorldCat- Online catalog to search the collections of over 10,000 libraries worldwide; you can locate resources at local libraries, or to request from your library through interlibrary loan.

If you are in the Pittsburgh area:

QuickSearch- Duquesne University Gumberg Library online catalog; alumni may come to the library to borrow books, but E-Z Borrow and interlibrary loan services are no longer available. See the Alumni Access page for more details.

Browsing at your institution or local library:

Different libraries use different classification systems for organizing their materials. The two systems you are most likely to encounter are the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification, which is often used by hospital libraries, and the Library of Congress (LC) classification, which is typically used by academic and large public libraries.

NLM Classification

Outline of the NLM Classification - outline of the NLM call number classes

LC Classification

Important LC Call Number classes - this list is not exhaustive, simply a place to start:

QM Human Anatomy
QP Physiology
R Medicine (General)
RC Internal Medicine
RD Surgery
RG Gynecology/Obstetrics
RJ Pediatrics
RM Therapeutics/Pharmacology
RS Pharmacy and materia medica
RT Nursing
RX Homeopathy
RZ Other systems of medicine


For more information on Library of Congress call numbers please go to the Library of Congress Classification Outline page on the Library of Congress website.

Subject Guide

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