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Faculty FAQs: Off Campus Access, Ordering Materials, Course Reserves & More

Posted in In and Around the Library

Faculty FAQSThe library staff welcome the many new faculty to campus. Common questions surfaced at the recent New Faculty Orientation so we wanted to share. Ask us if you have additional questions about course or research needs.

How can I access Gordon Library databases, eJournals, and eBooks off campus?

The Library uses EZProxy, which will prompt you to enter your WPI credentials when you access library resources from off campus.  Just be sure to start your research at

NOTE: WPI has a proxy server for those who prefer that method of access. Learn more about the proxy server.

How can I request materials such as books or films for the library’s collection?

Yes, contact your department head to see how ordering is done in your department or use our Suggest a Purchase form.

May I suggest the library purchase new electronic journal subscriptions?

Yes, you may use Suggest a Purchase form to recommend journals. Requests are reviewed annually in September, so submit any requests right away. Requests should include a justification of need and will be evaluated on the importance of the subject area for WPI and whether Gordon Library can support the subscription/license on a long term basis.

How can I put course texts on reserve?

Learn about Course Reserves & myWPI eReadings. Send questions to Ginny Julian, Access Services Coordinator.

Can I post .pdf files of articles from websites and/or Library databases onto myWPI?
Linking to the item is the best approach but in some cases fair use may apply.  For items within library subscribed eResources use the EZProxy prefix to ensure your students can access the readings from home or off campus:

For more information on copyright, see the FAQ: Use of Copyrighted Educational Materials

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Great Travel Plans? Inspirational Reading for Your Journeys.

Posted in In and Around the Library

Coming into the country by John McPheeGoing on a trip? It’s wonderful to read about the places you visit. I just got back from Alaska, where I read along the way Coming into the country by John McPhee. Also, there are many historical texts in the public domain which I could download onto my iPad, such as works by John Muir. You can find many public domain books in the WPI Library Catalog or All search. The library also provides many travel guides. We just got a couple on New Zealand (to support the new WPI project center).

A few others suggestions:

Lowell: On the road by Jack Kerouac.

Boston/Cambridge: The namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (we have the audio on cassette or the book) or for non-fiction Dark tide : the great Boston molasses flood of 1919 / Stephen Puleo.

New Orleans: a pictorial history, by Leonard V. Huber. With a foreword by Charles L. Dufour.

Staying around Worcester? Plenty to keep you entertained. Check out:

Before you go, check with the WPI Library or your local public library for books and also films to help enrich your travel experiences.