Using This Guide

The History of Science encompasses all the scientific disciplines, including medicine, technology and often the social sciences.

This guide will show you how the disciplines are defined and how to find important resources so you can get down to researchElsa Van DiemThe HOLLIS & WorldCat tab explains our online catalog, HOLLIS, and WorldCat, a collective catalog of many other libraries, and how to actually obtain the sources you find.

Background and Context suggests first stops for investigating your topic.

Secondary sources give the opinions and theories of other historians, providing background and placing your idea within current historical debates.

Primary sources  provide evidence for your argument. Scientific results, eyewitness accounts and reactions, and other evidence of the actions of participants and contemporary observers are primary sources.

Citing Sources presents resources for formatting citations as well as citation management software (which helps organize your resources and makes bibliographies easy).

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Some of the top online resources in the History of Science

Try a subject dictionary, encyclopedia or handbook -- it's an easy way to get a handle on your subject. 

HOLLIS (Harvard Login for best results) is the Harvard Library catalog. You can use it to find books and articles as well as other resources. (More specifics about HOLLIS). 

History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Harvard Login)  books, book chapters, and journal articles. Some social sciences material. More information on this complex database

PubMed with FullText (Harvard Login) PubMed is the most popular index of biomedical literature- the most popular source for articles in medicine, public health, and related topics. More specifics here (note: PubMed is free; full text availability depends on library subscriptions)

Web of Science Citation Indexes (Harvard Login) (1900- ) contains articles in all areas of science. You can use the Cited Reference Search (Harvard Login) in Web of Science to find primary source articles that cite a specified article, thus getting an idea of its reception. More information

Getting Started in Library Research

Many more history of science resources:
The Library Research Guide for the History of Science

Additional general historical and contextual resources:
Library Research Guide for History
Introductory Library Research Guide for History

Guides to general contextual resources at Harvard Library- examples:

Philosophy Resources at Harvard: Bioethics

Library Research Guide for Latin American Studies