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UML, online and other resources for researching your hometown.
Last Updated: May 25, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Books at UML

Not registered to check out books with the library? Go to the Access Services desk at north or south and register.

If we don't own a book

If a book is not available in eBrary, EBSCO eBooks or in our catalog, request it through WorldCat. To do so you must be a registered borrower with the UML Libraries.


  • WorldCat
    The Library Catalog & Book Request Service

Other Sources for eBooks

Use books both for finding specific information about your town and for getting general background information about a national issue that also impacts your town.

  • Ebsco eBook Collection
    Search within the full text of 3000 books.
    Enter phrases in quotes. e.g. "lawrence, massachusetts"
    Use the boolean and between terms.
    e.g. "lawrence massachusetts" and history
  • Google Books
    Books in the public domain (1923 & earlier) are available completely; out of print books have only so many pages available; in print books do not provide full text.
    SEARCH phrases in quotes, "lawrence massachusetts"
  • Internet Archives
    Provides full text access to over 450,000 items in the public domain. Materials are historical. Search by your town name and state. EXAMPLE: dracut massachusetts
  • National Academy Press
    Use the discovery search box using phrases in quotes with AND between terms.
    e.g. "Woburn, Massachusetts" and "toxic waste"
    Results list the chapters where your terms are located.
  • Rand Publications
    Think Tank conducting & publishing research on complicated problems related to business, education health, law, & science. Use the SEARCH ALL DOCUMENTS. "lawrence, massachusetts"

Center for Lowell History

Most of the books in our catalog dealing with the history of surrounding towns and cities are located at the Center for Lowell History. Be aware that all books must be used in the Center. They cannot be take out. In addition to books you will also find pictures and oral histories that may be useful in understanding issues that impacted your town at an earlier time and that might have carried over to the present.

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