FS162 Science That Changed History

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COVERAGE: History of Science Resources

  • Reference Sources
  • Books
  • Journals - Scholarly
  • Primary Sources
  • Citing Sources - MLA, Zotero citation manager
  • Evaluating Sources
  • In-Class Research Bibliography


Access Science Encyclopedia / Access Science Biographies

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Science and Its Times
REF Q175.46 S35

The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists
REF Q141 .B528 1994

Notable twentieth-century scientists
REF Q141 .N73 1995 -- v.1-4

Notable scientists : from 1900 to the present
REF Q141 .N728 2001

Nobel Prize women in science : their lives, struggles, and momentous discoveries
CALL NUMBER: Q141 .M358 1998 & Q141 .M358 1996

Nobel prize winners : an H.W. Wilson biographical dictionary
CALL NUMBER: [REF] AS911.N9 N59 1987

Pioneers of science : Nobel Prize winners in physics
CALL NUMBER: QC15 .W4 1988

Nobel Prize
The Official Web Site of The Nobel Foundation 


The Timetables of Science : A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in the History of Science
CALL NUMBER: [REF] Q125 .H557 1991

Wilson Chronology of Science & Technology
CALL NUMBER: [REF] Q125 .O26 1997

Asimov's chronology of science and discovery
CALL NUMBER: [REF] Q125 .A765 1989

The Wilson chronology of women's achievements : a record of women's achievements from ancient times to the present
CALL NUMBER: [REF] HQ1121 .F65 1998

The Timetables of History : a Horizontal Linkage of People and Events



Library Catalog - Print / Online / On Demand
   - Kanopy Streaming Videos

Google Books

Interlibrary Loan / Book Request Form



Discovery Search

ISIS: A Journal of the History of Science Society

Subject Journal Databases
   - Scopus
   - JSTOR



Citation Guides

Zotero citation manager



Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred.  Memoirs and oral histories produced many years after these events are also considered to be primary sources.  A primary source provides a first hand account of an historical event and is valued in historical research for the insight it may provide to times past.  Some examples of primary sources are:

  • letters, journals, or diaries  
  • manuscripts
  • newspapers or news film footage - See Historical Newspapers
  • speeches or interviews
  • memoirs or autobiographies
  • government documents produced by Congress or the President such as laws, minutes of meetings, transcriptions or recordings of conversations
  • photographs
  • audio recordings, video recordings, or films
  • research data 
  • artifacts such as works of art including paintings, sculpture, fiction
  • memorabilia, antiques, clothing, relics, jewelry, pottery, buildings



Evaluating Your Sources:

First Step - Identify and Evaluate the Information

What is "it" - book, periodical article, reference source, newspaper, blog, wiki, "gray literature", masters thesis, correspondence, statistics, etc

Scholarly vs Popular

Primary vs Secondary

Grey Literature:  The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature (GL '99) in Washington, DC, in October 1999 defined grey literature as follows: "That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."
 ---Definition (Links to an external site.) 

Types of Grey Literature

Types Finding Tools
Government Documents http://www.usa.gov/(Links to an external site.)Google / Google Books
Conference Proceedings Scopus(Links to an external site.)/Google Books(Links to an external site.)
Dissertations Dissertations & Theses(Links to an external site.)
Eric Documents ERIC Database(Links to an external site.)
Other - white papers, NGO reports,
policy briefs, colleges, archives,
World Bank, UN, .....
CIAO(Links to an external site.)/ Google / WorldCat


Second Step -   Evaluate your source by the relevant critereia below.  A book source will be evaluated differently than a journal article for example.





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