Franklin &  Marshall College Library

NTW 115: Scientific Revolutions

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Full access to more than 7100 articles, 115,000 definitions, 2,000 biographies, and research advances in science and technology. Updated daily. This is the electronic equivalent to the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. Sci Ref Q 121.M312

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, 9th Edition
Sci Ref Q121 .V269 2002
"...topics are presented from a very practical viewpoint, with reduced emphasis on complex theory." (preface) 2 volumes. Very accessible, good place to look for topic ideas.

Dictionary of the History of Science
Sci Ref Q125 .B98
One volume; brief reviews of basic topics.

The New Cambridge Modern History
S-F Library Ref D 208 .N4
Useful for general background information, 1500 to the present.

Album of Science: From Leonardo to Lavoisier, 1450-1800
Sci Ref Q 125 .C54 1980

Album of Science: The Nineteenth Century
Sci Ref Q 125.6 .W54 1978

Album of Science: The Physical Sciences in the Twentienth Century
Sci Ref Q 125 .G495 1989

Album of Science: The Biological Sciences in the Twentienth Century
Sci Ref QH 305 .B67 1989

Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution From Copernicus to Newton
Sci Ref Q125 .E53 2000

Reader's Guide to the History of Science
Sci Ref Q125 .R43 2000

History of Science in the United States: an Encyclopedia
Sci Ref Q125 .E45 1996

Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives from Ancient Times to the Mid-20th Century
Sci Ref Q141 ..B5285


Breakthroughs: A Chronology of Great Achievements in Science and Mathematics, 1200-1930
Sci Ref Q125 .P327 1985
Contains brief descriptions of significant developments, year-by-year, itemized by specific fields of science.

History of Science and Technology : a Narrative Chronology
Sci Ref Q125 .S43713 1988
Covers pre-history to 1970. Arranged by century and discipline.

Timetables of Science
Sci Ref Q125 .H557 1988
"A chronology of the most important people and events in the history of science."

Great Events from History II: Science and Technology Series 5 vols.
Sci Ref Q125 .G825 1991
A chronological listing of major scientific events with a summary essay and bibliography covers 1888-1991.

Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery. 7 vols.
Sci Ref Q175.46 .S35 1991

Chronology of Science: From Stonehenge to the Human Genome Project
Sci Ref Q125 .C482 2002
A detailed and comprehensive guide to the progress of science internationally, from the earliest discoveries to present day.

Biographical Information

Biographical Dictionary of American Science: the Seventeenth through Nineteenth Centuries
Sci Ref Q 141 .E37
Contains brief biographical entries for American scientists who were active before the publication of the first edition of American Men of Science. This also covers women whose contributions were not acknowledged by their contemporaries.

Women in Science: Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century
Sci Ref Q141 .O34
Begins with textual essay on women's involvement in science as it progressed through history.

Biographical Dictionary of Scientists: Astronomers
Sci Ref QB 35 .B56 1984
A concise volume containing biographical sketches for well-known astronomers throughout history. This also contains a historical introduction to the field of astronomy, a glossary of terms, and a detailed index. The library has similar volumes for biologists, chemists, and physicists in the reference collection.

Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Sci Ref Q141 .D5
Known as the DSB, this set consists of long essays on important deceased scientists. It is useful for background information as well as a brief critical analysis of the scientist's work. Short bibliographies accompany each entry, 16 volumes. Volume 15 includes several long topical essays.

The Great Scientists 12 vols.
Sci Ref Q141 .G767 1989
Covers ancient times to the present; 4-page biographical entries with short bibliographies; arranged alphabetically.

Historical Catalogue of Scientists and Scientific Books
Sci Ref Q141 .G38 1984
This compilation is arranged by historic periods - Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period (1450-1700), and the 18th and 19th centuries.


Bibliographies of the History of Science and Technology see below
This series, from the Garland Publishing company, is designed to guide the reader into the literature of the particular discipline covered. These are critical and selective bibliographies, usually annotated and well-indexed. Some titles and call numbers are:
History of Chemical Technology
Sci Ref Z 7914 C4 M84

History of Modern Physics
Sci Ref Z 7141 B78 1983

Medieval Science and Technology
Sci Ref Z 7405 H6 K74

Earth Sciences
Sci Ref Z 6031 P67 1983

History of Science and Technology in the United States
Sci Ref Z 7405 H6 R67 1982

ISIS Critical Bibliography
Sci Ref Z 7405 .H6 .I2
Comprehensive bibliography for any history of science topic. Monographs and articles are listed, some with annotations or references to reviews. The annual volumes, 1966-1998, are arranged chronologically, with subdivisions for the main fields of science. The cumulative volumes are arranged according to individuals, institutions, and subjects. The cumulations cover material up through 1995.
History of Women and Science, Health, and Technology, Second Edition
Sci Ref HQ1397 .H57 1993

The Scientific Revolution: an Annotated Bibliography
Sci Ref Q 125 .Z7 .J39
Topical and chronological arrangement spans many scientific disciplines.

Guides and Handbooks

A Guide to the Culture of Science, Technology and Medicine
Sci Ref Q 175.5 .G84
Presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of science and related fields. Each chapter deals with a specific area such as history of science, or history of medicine, and includes an extensive bibliography. A good source for identifying topics for papers.

Information Sources in the History of Science and Medicine
Sci Ref Z 6658 .I53 1983
Each section begins with descriptive overview of a particular topic, such as history of medicine, and concludes with extensive bibliographies. Indexed.

Newton Handbook
Sci Ref QC16.N7 .G54 1986
Surveys all of Newton's work, scientific and other, to find out "of individual works how they came to be composed, what they say, how and when they were published, their significance, and where they can be found today." (preface)

Indexes and Abstracts

Biological and Agricultural Index
Indexes nearly 250 domestic and international English-language periodicals in life sciences and agricultural subjects. Includes book reviews. Covers July 1983 to the present.

A collection of over 60 subject-specific indexes and databases (most are listed here).

General Science Full Text
Journals and magazines from the U.S. and Great Britain, covering all major scientific fields. Indexing from 1984 to present, abstracting from 1993 to present.

Historical Abstracts
Comprehensive international historical coverage (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Covers abstracts from 1954 to the present. Volumes for 1955-present are located in S hadek-Fackenthal Library.

A collection of abstracts and full text articles from over 100 scholarly journals considered primary representatives of their disciplines.

Readers' Guide Full Text
Indexes over 200 popular U.S. general interest periodicals. Covers 1983 to the present.

Readers' Guide Retrospective
Comprehensive indexing of 500 of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. The complete database covers the years 1890 through 1982.

Last updated: 9/16/03 ag, contact Scott Vine for assistance, 291-3840 or Dale Riordan for assistance, 291-3843