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 researchThe 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).
Start Searching Right Now
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.
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
Guides to general contextual resources at Harvard Library- examples: