Research Sources for the
History of Science

Last Update - 01/25/13

BI 410  -   Senior Seminar:

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Steven Burks, Reference Librarian
Office: Library 210
Phone: 654-2354

Appointments:  Call or email for consultations.

Reference Hours


!!!  - three exclamation marks next to a source means a core history of science source

REFERENCE - Electronic & Print - Browse in the Q141 section of Reference or Circulating Stacks for other History of Science Materials
  • General

Access Science Biographies --  McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
Biographies in AccessScience are published under license from third-party sources. 

Britannica Online

  • History of Science

!!! Dictionary of Scientific Biography
REF Q141 .D5 -- v.1-17 

!!! New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (updates Dictionary of Scientific Biography) 
REF Q141 .N45 2008

!!!Science and Its Times
REF Q175.46 S35

The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists
REF Q141 .B528 1994

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology
REF BF109 .a1 B56 1997

Dictionary of Scientists
REF Q 141 .C128

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

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

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
REF BF31 .E5 1994

Encyclopedia of Psychology
REF BF31 .e52 2000

  • Noble Prize Winners

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 

  • Chronologies

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

Journal INDEXES: See Subject Guides to access Journal Databases

All Databases below will link to library holdings of over 35,000 full-text journals

  • General

Academic Search Premier
Excellent source for full text primary scientific journals.  

Academic OneFile
A lesser version of Academic Search Premier, but worth searching if other sources are not working.  Full-text coverage for 1900 titles. 

New York Times Historical
Full-image articles for the New York Times from 1851-2001.  For full-text coverage (no images) of the New York Times after 2001, use LexisNexis Academic.

Google Scholar -Citation index and search of scientific literature.  It will overlap some of the search results you find in your Library database searches.

  • History of Science / Science / Biographical Sources

America: History and Life
History and related fields.

Historical Abstracts
History and related fields.

Historical Newspapers

Full text archive of numerous scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. A good selection of history journals are available here. 

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.   History of Medicine is a subset limiter when Advance Searching. 

PubMed is a service of the National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

Approx. 200 full text journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press.  Some good history of medicine and science journals included. 

PsycINFO is a database of psychological literature from 1887–present. 

ISIS - Cumulative Index 1953-1982
Location Bound Periodicals (Shelved Alphabetically)

ISIS - Cumulative Bibliography 1986-1995 [Print]
Location REF Q125 .I2 V. 1-4
Cumulates the annual bibliographies published in Isis.

Google Scholar - still in Beta, but an adequate free citation index and search of scientific literature. 

JOURNALS : The following journals are devoted to History of Science topics. 

!!!Isis - Electronic Access
NOTES: Last issue of the year is an annual bibliography with title:  Critical bibliography of the history and
philosophy of science and of the history of civilization

!!!Journal of the History of Biology - Electronic Access

The Bulletin of the History of Medicine - Electronic Access
The Bulletin is the official publication of the American association for the History of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine

History of Science - Electronic Access

Journal of the History of Ideas - Electronic Access

Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences - Electronic Access

Journal of the History of the Neurosciences - Electronic Access

New York Times - Science Desk

Osiris - Electronic Access

Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences - Electronic Access

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science - Electronic Access



The Internet Classics Archives

History of Science Society
Publishes the journal ISIS


History of Medicine - National Library of Medicine

Images From the History of Medicine

A Selection of History of Science Web and other Internet Sources

Institute and Museum of History of Science, Florence ITALY

Nobel Prize 
The Official Web Site of The Nobel Foundation    

Scinet search engine


Library Catalog
Holdings of the SMC Durick Library. 

University of Vermont's Online Catalog

Covers all the world's libraries.
*-you may ILL documents  that SMC does not own electronically from this database

  • Students may request materials (journal articles, books) not available in the SMC library through ILL.  It is important that ILL is done early in your research project as it may take from 10 to 14 days for the materials to be delivered to the SMC Library.
  • Note: Though you may not take books out of the UVM Library, you may photocopy journal articles there.  You may not use any of UVM's electronic sources or indexes, so do the major portion of your research at SMC, then go over to UVM with your sources in hand. 

You may start the ILL process by either:

1. Most of the SMC Library databases will link to a form to request materials that are not available full text or in print

2. ONLINE Form is available to submit electronically

Citation Searching

Google Scholar - Search your article. To view articles that have cited the desired article or book, click on the Cited by... link under the citation.

See Citation Searching for more citation databases


Please contact Steve Burks with suggestions or comments

Last Update - 2013-01-25