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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.
Find print books 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.
Library of Congress Authorities
WSU eBook Collections
E-Books on EBSCO Host
collection of recently published and public domain ebooks across disciplines and genres.
Ebrary (now ProQuest eBooks Central)
non-fiction and scholarly ebooks that can be read and searched online or downloaded to your device. To access from off-campus, you must download VPN.
Books from Other Libraries
If the WSU library doesn't have what you need, consider the following resources:
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Use the Interlibrary Loan Desk to borrow a book or article from another library. Your item will be emailed or delivered to the library, usually free of charge.
- 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 library's main desk to visit and borrow books from these Worcester Area ARC member libraries.
- More Information and Links for Other Libraries
- WorldCat - a free database of resources at libraries worldwide. You can find titles you need in a regional library.