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History : Labor: Books & eBooks

A research guide to primary and secondary sources for labor history.

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Find eBooks

You can find eBooks in two ways:

  • Do your search and then on the results screen, filter your results by using the toolbar:
    • Choose Availability: "Available Online" and Resource Type: "eBooks"
    • And then click on the green "Apply Filters" button
  • Use the Advanced Search option
    • Change "Show Only" to "UW Libraries" and "Material Type" to "eBooks"
  • See the eBook FAQ for more information

Search Tips


  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: general strike britain history
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "coolies and cane"
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "gregory james"

History eBook Collections

 Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections have strong history content:

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Browsing Labor History

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Though labor history is covered in every regional history section (e.g., there may be labor history in the Chinese history call numbers, the American history call numbers, etc.) the major section for labor studies (historical and contemporary) is listed below.

HC10-HC1085 Economic History Allen N. 3
HD4801-HD8943 Labor, Working Classes Allen N. 3

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.