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Foothill Allied Health Resources: Books

Overview of library resources in allied health including dental assisting, dental hygiene, EMT, radiologic technology, and veterinary technology.

library stacksThe Library has a collection of about 65,000 books in print, and more than 140,000 online. For more information on how to search for books both in print and online, and on how to locate books on the shelf, please refer to the boxes below. Use the Books pull-down menu above to find books in your Allied Health field.

How to Find Books

Use OneSearch to find books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more. Make sure you sign-in with your CWID to get the best user experience. To search for books in the library's print collection, choose "Library Catalog" from the drop-down menu as shown below:

OneSearch Find Books

Once you click on a book's title from the list of search results, you'll see the following information:

item catalog record

  • Send To allows you to print out the record, automatically cite it in MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, or Harvard styles, create a direct link to the item, or email the record to yourself.
  • Get It shows the basic information about the book: the location, call number, availability, and loan period. This is the information you use to find the physical book in the Library.
  • Details provides all the publication information for item, plus the item's subject headings, which are clickable links and may give you ideas for other searches to try. Details may also include a description and the table of contents.

Books that are available to be checked out are located in the STACKS. Ask a librarian to point you in the right direction.


The Foothill Library has thousands of eBooks available for you to use. To find eBooks via OneSearch, limit your results by Availability and Resource Type as shown below:

limit ebooks

Or, you can search the library's online ebook databases directly:

Finding a Book by Call Number

Anatomy of a Library of Congress Call NumberBook cover

The books in our library are shelved by call number (in the stacks: the bookshelves under the mezzanine and in the east end of the Library), using Library of Congress Classification.

Book title: Discovering the Great Masters
Author: Paul Crenshaw
Call Number: ND1145 .C74 2009

The first two lines describe the subject of the book.
ND = Fine Arts
1145 = Painting

The third line often represents the author's last name.
C= Crenshaw

The last line represents the date of publication.

Finding Books on the Shelf

Read call numbers line by line.

Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, C, L, LA, LB, LC, M, N...

Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 1145, 2430...

The third line is the trickiest part of the call number! Read the letter alphabetically.
Read the number as a decimal:
.C524 will come before .C74 (read them as .C524 and .C740)

Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.

The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
1985, 1991, 2009...