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Women & Work

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


In many cases, library materials unavailable from the Rutgers University Library system can be ordered through a variety of delivery options, including campus delivery of books and journal articles held in other RUL libraries and interlibrary loan services such as EZBorrow and UBorrow:

If materials are unavailable through RUL, try the following:

  • EZBorrow is a service offered to Rutgers students. Materials are accessed from a network of over thirty university libraries. Access EZBorrow 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.

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