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HCOA: Health Care Office Administration Program: Books & E-Books

This Research Guide will help students in the HCOA program find information about diseases, medical procedures, human anatomy, and the management of health information.

Finding Electronic Books in the NCC Library Catalog (SpartaCat)

SpartaCat, the NCC Library Catalog, is an online tool that allows you to search for items owned by the Library, including electronic books. Search the NCC Library Catalog here or access it from the "Quick Links" section of the Library's website.


Basic Searching in SpartaCat

Words or phrase: If you are looking for a general topic (like "global warming"), it is best to start here. It will search the title, summary, table of contents, and subject headings for each book to find any that match your word or phrase.

Author: If you are looking for books written by a specific person, search here. For example, if you want to find books by Edgar Allan Poe, enter his name like this: Poe, Edgar Allan.

Title: If you know the specific title of a work, enter it here. For example, if you want a copy of the book On the Road, enter that title in this search box. 

Subject: Search the subject headings list. These are like #hashtags. They are the main word or phrase used to categorize the book and describe what it is about.


Finding Electronic Books (Available Online)

After you choose the type of search and enter your search terms (keywords), scroll a little bit further down the screen and change type to "Electronic Book" by selecting it from the drop-down menu. Then click the "Search" button.

In the list of search results, electronic books will be tagged with the words Electronic Resource and their location will be Online.


Accessing Electronic Books

To view an electronic book from the search results page, click on the link labeled URL.

This URL link also appears on the e-book's Item Details (or summary) page.


Clicking this link will open the e-book in a new screen. You may be prompted to log in with your MyNCC user name and password before you can begin reading the book.

Library Catalog

Search the Library catalog (SpartaCat) to find books. Materials on health care topics are located in the call number range beginning with the letter R. Guides to human anatomy are shelved in the sections labeled with the call numbers QM and QP.

Materials on Reserve

To locate materials that have been placed on reserve, click on the Reserve Desk link at the top of the SpartaCat (Library catalog) search screen. Enter the instructor's name and select "Look Up Items on Reserve by Instructor." This will give you a list of all the titles placed on reserve by your instructor, and show how long each item may be checked out for use in the Library.