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U.S. Labor and Working Class History: Find Books

Guide to library resources in U.S. Labor and Working Class History.



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In many cases, library materials unavailable from the Rutgers University Library system can be ordered through E-ZBorrow, UBorrow, and Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery Service. To access materials, use the RUL web site or request assistance from the staff member at the reference desk. There are a variety of delivery options, including campus delivery of books held in other RUL libraries and electronic delivery of journal articles held by RUL libraries:

  • Request delivery of Rutgers books that are not in your local campus library by the Book Delivery/Recall or Book Special Request option in QuickSearch
  • If materials are unavailable through RUL, use one of the following services:
    • E-ZBorrow is a PALCI service offered to Rutgers students. Materials are accessed from a network of over thirty university libraries. Access E-ZBorrow using your NetID and password.
    • UBorrow is a similar service that offers materials from the university libraries within the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Log in as a Rutgers student to access materials. 
    • Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery Service is a service that provides access to books, articles, or chapters of books. Log in using your NetID and password to request materials that may be unavailable from RUL.

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is the gateway to all information resources located in the Rutgers University Libraries.  Use keywords to search for the appropriate materials.  Some examples:

  • labor history
  • employment history
  • labor movement AND history
  • household economy

Try using these search terms in the “Title keyword” search field as well.

Searches using Library of Congress Subject Headings can yield more targeted results. Subject headings can be further narrowed by adding location (United States, Canada), aspect (government policy, economic aspects, social aspects), time period (19th century, 20th century) or population (women, Hispanic-Americans, Asian).  For example:

  • Labor unions United States history       
  • Labor movement United States history
  • Industrialization history                      
  •  (textile industry) history
  • (African Americans) employment history

Experiment with subject headings by substituting the terms in parentheses for other industries and populations:

  • (women) employment history
  • (automobile) industry history

Materials at other Rutgers Libraries can be retrieved through the Interlibrary Loan system by clicking the button marked [Deliver/Recall Book].  Materials needed from libraries outside the RUL system can be ordered through [Interlibrary Loan/EZBorrow].  EZ Borrow is usually your quickest option. Ask a reference librarian or assistant at a circulation desk if help is needed.


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