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History: Books

Resources for History Research

WPI Library Search Book/eBook Search

Books are a vital sources of historical scholarship. To find books at the Gordon Library, type your keywords into WPI Library Search, go to Resource Type on the left, and select Books.

Books at WPI

Look for books by historians.

Some history books are written by journalists or history enthusiasts who do not have academic training in history. While entertaining, these books do not offer the same academic rigor and credibility as those by scholars with advanced degrees in history. 

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

Try searching for the author's name on Google. For example, a quick search on Google reveals that the author of Social History of American Technology, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, is Professor Emerita, Department of History and Sociology of Science University of Pennsylvania and holds degrees from from Barnard College (BA), the University of California at Berkeley (MA) and The Johns Hopkins University (PhD.)

Sample books by historians:

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ILLiad: Borrowing from other Libraries

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

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!