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Global Studies: Find Books and eBooks

Finding books and ebooks

The library's collection includes both print and electronic books (eBooks). Each can be found using the online catalog, but only eBooks can be accessed and read online. You can quickly evaluate the contents of a book by reading the introduction, the table of contents, and the index. Since a book is a work on a single topic, it may be longer and more in-depth than a typical journal article. 

Getting Books at WSU

How are books organized on the shelves?

The WSU library organizes print materials by subject and describes them using the Library of Congress Classification system. This system assigns each book or journal a unique call number: a letter followed by decimals and numbers. Items are then arranged on shelves with call numbers in alphanumeric order.  See how it works: 

For example the letter F is assigned to the History of the Americas and F 61 - F 75 is the number range for books about Massachusetts. Other numbers in the call number may relate to the author's name, the title, or the year of publication. So, for the book title History of Worcester, Massachusetts  the call number is F 74 .W9. 

WSU eBook Collections

Books from Other Libraries

WorldCat  - database of resources at libraries worldwide.

Borrowing books from other libraries:

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL):  Use the Book Request Form to borrow a book fomr another library that will be delivered for pick-up at the WSU Library.
  • WILL: Walk-in Interlibrary Loan program to visit and borrow books from participating Massachusetts Public Higher Education (MPHE) member libraries.
  • Academic and  Research Collaborative (ARC): Get an ARC card at the Circulation Desk to visit and borrow books from these Worcester Area ARC member libraries.
  • More Information and Links for Other Libraries