Contents for History of Science
- Starting research: reference books
- Other electronic books
- Finding articles in journals: article databases
- Finding pictures: image databases
- Resources on the Web
- Additional resources, including print
- Help from a librarian
Good Starting Places: Reference Books
Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.
- Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography
- History of Science in the United States: An Encyclopedia
- Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture
- Groundbreaking Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions & Discoveries of the 17th Century
- The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science
- Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries
Finding more electronic books
To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password. Type a word or phrase describing the subject in the search space below:
Finding Articles on Your Subject
All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a location other than Chemeketa Community College, remember to click the link marked, "Off-campus users."
These tools index and/or provide full text access to articles in magazines, newspapers, and scholarly or professional journals.
You may need to combine multiple search terms to find articles on your topic. Many databases have an Advanced Search screen that has find a form for entering multiple terms.
TIP: When using keywords, try truncating: theor* finds theory, theories, theoretical, etc. (* is the truncation character for Gale).
If you find an article that meets your needs, look at its description for additional terms you can use to search.
- Academic OneFile [Gale]
- Has journals in all subjects. Click the box for limiting to documents with full text.
- JSTOR contains many full text articles relating to the history of science.
You may wish to find photos or diagrams of your subject.
Britannica ImageQuest is a searchable database of more than two million images. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.
To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.
Search history of science sites with our customized search tool, or browse the descriptions below.
- Alchemy Web Site on Levity.com - http://www.levity.com/alchemy/
- Links to sources on the history of alchemy.
- Center for the History of Physics - http://www.aip.org/history/
- Links to sources on the history of physics, from the American Institute of Physics.
- Internet History of Science Sourcebook - http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/science/sciencesbook.html
- Links to sources on the history of science, in a chronological outline.
- History of Technology Links - http://www.historyoftechnology.org/links.html
- Links maintained by the Society for the History of Technology
- MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive - http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/
- Biographies of famous mathematicians and links to other history of mathematics sites.
Finding Additional Resources
See a list of printed reference books.
The library subscribes to the following current periodicals in printed form:
Use the library catalog to look for additional materials
- The catalog page includes instructions on using the catalog, as well as links to other library catalogs
- You can search by key words, by authors, or by subject headings
- A suggestion on where to find subject headings to use in the catalog is given below
Fig. 1. The library catalog search
The Library of Congress has a Web site where you can search for subject headings. When you put in a search term, the results will list terms in a table. Those with a red button marked, "Authorized and references" are terms that the Library of Congress uses in subject catalogs. Clicking the button may show more specific ("narrower") terms.
You may have to do several searches in the library catalog to find books that might be pertinent to your subject. Try different combinations of key words.
If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district. You can request books through the catalog, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).
Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 37 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the barcode number from their ID card, and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.
- Summit: http://summit.orbiscascade.org/
- How to use Summit: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/summit.php
- More Summit Help: http://www.oclc.org/worldcatlocal/help/default.htm
- Help with the WorldCat interface: http://www.oclc.org/support/help/navpatron/ApplicationHelp.htm
- Libraries & Map: http://orbiscascade.org/index/member-map
To comment or request help, please e-mail Reference or call 503.399.5231.
Address of this page: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/virtual/historyofscience.php
Updated: 21 March 2013