Subject Librarian:

Brian Conn

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.

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

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

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.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


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

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."

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

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

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.

Lists the winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and the research that merited the award. A few entries link to more extensive biographical information.


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.


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

A project by the Bibliotheque Nationale de France to digitize documents from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. The journals are mostly older classic journals from the 1700's through the first quarter of the 20th century. Both French and premier foreign journals are included. Notable titles include Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Sances de l'Acadamie des Sciences, Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin, Journal fur Praktische Chemie, Annalen der Physik, and more. When looking for titles in this full-text resource, check carefully for years of coverage. Also, some titles contain spelling errors which can make them difficult to find.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

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.

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

Walter Library
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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