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Health Sciences: Books & eBooks

Key locations

The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress/National Library of Medicine classification scheme for subjects other than Education which uses Dewey Decimal Classification. We have listed a few key locations below but it is really important to use the library search facility DelphiS to discover the full range of resources as many of our resources are available electronically. 

Call Number    Subject     
WY  Nursing
WE 800  Podiatry
QS 4  Anatomy
QT 104  Physiology
WQ  Midwifery
WB 460  Physiotherapy
WB 555  Occupational Therapy

Call numbers explained

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the catalogue it will display a call number or shelf number  that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like these examples:


306.47 GEL 

The library floor plans/touch screens will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.

New Books/eBooks for Health Sciences

Cannot Find What You Are Looking For?

  • Is the book out on loan? - Place a hold
  • Is the book at another library site? - Place a hold
  • Is the book not held by the library at all? - Use the Inter library loan service to borrow it from another library
  • Recommend a book? - Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you would like to recommend a book we should buy for the library.

Floor plans

The main collection of books and other items for health subjects is held on level 3 of the Hartley Library on the Highfield campus. You will also find relevant material at the Health Services Library on level A of the South Academic Block at Southampton General Hospital.

Theses and Dissertations

 PhD/ MPhil theses

  • the library holds print copies of all University of Southampton doctoral level theses; these are listed on WebCat
  • many of these are now also available online from ePrints Soton

Undergraduate/ taught masters dissertations

  • a limited number of these are held in the library
  • for most subject areas students should ask at their Faculty Office for access
  • see link for more details

 Health Sciences

Examples of UG/PGT dissertations are mainly made available via Blackboard. This is certainly the case for the following modules:

·        NPCG3009 BN/NPMS3017 BMid Evidence Based Practice

·        NQAD3053 Evidence Based Practice (Top-up)

·        HLTH6037 Dissertation module

We have a few print dissertations in the Course Collection at HL for the Research and Inquiry Based Practice module NQCG3066.


About eBooks

Electronic books are exact copies of print books. Publishers do not always make  e-copies available, but if they do the the Library would normally purchase a copy.

This means:

  • You can access the book wherever you have internet access
  • You can read the book at a time convenient to you
  • In many cases, more than one user can access the book at the same time

More about using eBooks

Most ebooks will allow you to download pages that are particularly important to you.

Remember that copyright regulations limit you to print/download one chapter of a book (but some ebook publishers may limit you to a certain number of pages).

Bibliographic information is avialable in the navigation panel - save this for use when referencing.

Can't get access?

Some ebooks are single-use only, which means that only one person can view at any one time. 

If you can't get access to the book you want , try again later. If you are still having problems then please let us know.

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