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IAS 150: Commodities and Cultures in the Making of the World Economy: Books


Proquest Ebook Central.Our largest e-book collection, with thousands of titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in OskiCat (keyword ebrary) or search the ebrary website directly. Some advanced ebrary features require downloading reader software.

Cambridge Core Ebooks. Selection of current e-books from Cambridge University Press. We do not have access to all content.

DeGruyter Ebooks Complete. Includes all English language ebooks except those published in print only; also includes DeGruyter Archive 1759 - 1999

Elsevier Science Direct. Includes ebooks in economics, finance and econometrics.

JSTOR.  Full-text access to scholarly journals and now books from a wide range of disciplines. Current issues from journals (the most recent 3-5 years) are generally not available in JSTOR. 

MIT Press Direct Ebooks. Collection of MIT Press ebooks (not all books are included).

Oxford Scholarship Online. Cross-searchable library containing the full text of books in many subjects, including economics and finance from 2008 to present (not all listed content is accessible).

Project Muse. Hundreds of ebooks and journals articles in the social sciences and humanities.

Springer Electronic Book Package. Thousands of e-books the commercial publisher Springer. in several of the social sciences, including Business and Economics. Also includes Palgrave titles.  

Finding Books on Commodities

The primary tool for finding books is Oskicat.  You may also search Google Books to read some of the text before retrieving the item from the shelves.  If you are not sure it is a good idea to start with a keyword search.  Keep your initial search simple and then explore.

 If you find an item you like click the subject heading to retrieve specific books for the commodity, for example the name of the commodity or its associated industries (such as trade or production). Remember to consider different usages and spellings of words over time and across countries (e.g. oil vs. petroleum).

Some sample subject searches include You may also use language limites and date sorting to help you refine your results. Often but not always University Press books are a good place to start.

Sugar trade -- West Indies -- History
Tea trade -- History
Chocolate industry -- History
​Tobacco -- History
Coffee -- History
Coal trade -- Great Britain -- History
United Fruit Company -- History

Sample Sources

Below are some sample books owned by the library on commodities - note the cutesy titles. To find additional titles look at subject headings or do a search for the commodity name in Oskicat and limit to the Doe Reference collection.