HI 2353: History of the Life Sciences

Summon Book/eBook Search

Print books and eBooks are a vital sources of historical scholarship. To find books at the Gordon Library, type your keywords into Summon, and then use the Books/eBooks filter on the left to limit your search results to just books. 

Books at WPI

How can you tell if the author of a book is a historian?

Try searching for the author name on Google. For example, a quick search on Google reveals that John S. Haller (the author of Battlefield Medicine : A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars through World War I) is Emeritus Professor in Department of History at Souther Illinois University  and holds degrees from from Georgetown University (BA), John Carroll University (MA), and the University of Maryland (PhD).

Sample books by historians:

Library of Congress (LC) Classification System

The Gordon Library categorizes/organizes books using the LC (Library of Congress) Classification System. Letters and numbers denote subject and location in the collection. 

The first two lines describe the subject of the book.

The third line represents the author's last name.

The last line represents the date of publication.

At Gordon Library, call numbers A-N are located on the 3rd floor, and call numbers P-Z are located on the 1st floor. (Please note that the main entrance to the library is on the 2nd floor.)

Learn more about call numbers: Library of Congress Classification Outline

ILLiad: Borrowing from other Libraries

Our Interlibrary Loan service allows WPI students and faculty to request items from other libraries free of charge.

WorldCat: Find items in libraries near you

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Borrow from Local Libraries

The Academic and Research Collaborative (ARC), allows member users to borrow directly from Worcester area libraries. Before you can borrow materials directly from participating libraries, you need to sign up for an ARC card in person at the Gordon Library's Information Desk. Pick up your ARC card today!

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