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Newcastle University

University Library

Subject support guide

Your subject-specific guide to using library resources.

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NUMed Learning Resources Centre

This guide is designed to help you to get started using the NUMed Library

Finding Book at NUMed Library

  • Most books are located at the LRC, 1st Floor. They are organised and arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) number.
  • In general, the Dewey Decimal Classification classify the subjects as following:

  • Each number signifies a particular subject. The number may be followed by decimal point and then further numbers as to narrow down the subject. 
  • All books are arranged in DDC number orderly and then arranged alphabetically by three letters that follows the number (example: 612.311 BAC, 612.311 CON, 612.311 FAR).
  • Shelf maker at the end of the shelf indicate where books with particular numbers are located and also give a basic guide to the subject coverage. 
  • Here is a simple breakdown of the Medical Science subject in DDC number: 


General Information on the medical professions and services
611 Anatomy
612 Physiology
613 Promotion of Health
614 Forensic medicine, epidemiology and public health
615 Pharmacology and therapeutics
616 Diseases
617 Surgery
618 Obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics and geriatrics



Guide on Finding and Using Ebooks

The university have subscribed to several Ebooks Provider such ProQuest Ebook Central and VLebook for you. Besides this Ebooks provider, you may also explore the open access ebooks that can widen sources of information needed for your study and learning. 

Open access ebooks is an alternative to book not available physically or electronically in the institution. Certain ebooks website require you to register for free, some others is very straightforward - just simply enter the desired book title into the search box and go. 

These are a few of open access Ebooks that might interest you. Check this out! 

1. Z-Library (No need to login/register)

(Sample of Ebooks available. Find more from the website!)


2. PDF Drive (No need to login/register)

(Sample of Ebooks available. Find more from the website!)

Reading List Online (RLO)

You can see which books have been recommended as essential reading for your courses and modules on your Reading Lists Online.

RLO also links directly to the article or web resource to help you access items easily.