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Women & Work: Find Books

Guide to library resources for research in Women & Work

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
  • women labor union members

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.

Quick Search the RU Catalog

   
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Interlibrary Loan and Delivery

In many cases, library materials unavailable from the Rutgers University Library system can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Use the RUL web site or request assistance from the staff member at the reference desk. There are a variety of ILL/Delivery options, including campus delivery of books held in other RUL libraries and electronic delivery of journal articles held by RUL libraries:

Reference Books on Women & Work