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Subject Librarian: Kristine Fowler

This subject covers: the development and application of scientific theories throughout time.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.

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Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

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Indexes articles, books, proceedings, reviews, and dissertations on the history of science and technology.

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General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

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Indexes, Other

IsisCB Explore is a research tool for the history of science, whose core dataset comes from bibliographical citations in the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science. The IsisCB currently contains 40 years of citation data from 1974 to 2014.

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Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

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General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

A "collection of 631 detailed biographies on members of the scientific community during the 16th and 17th centuries with vital facts about each individual and their contributions to science."

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Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented. 2008

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Provides over 1000 biographies of mathematicians, 200 of which are quite detailed.

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A comprehensive list of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Provides biographical information and text from the commendation for the award. Many entries link to biographical sketches, photos, bibliographic citations, and text of speeches.

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A guide and directory to historians of science, and the periodical literature of the field (note: provides descriptive information about journals, but does not index their contents). Published every three years.

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Internet Resources

Open Access Resources

The Gallica is the digital library of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BnF). Types of works included are: Books; Manuscripts; Maps; Imagery; Journals, Newspapers, and Magazines; Sound Recordings; Sheet; Objects; and Videos. Themes include: Arts, entertainment, sports; Law, economics; History; Literature; and Science. Geographic areas include: France; Africa; Americas; Asia; and Europe.

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Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

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Style Manuals

The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources. The Libraries have access to 16th and 17th editions.

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Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

Walter Library
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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