IAS 102: sample course guide

History databases

Three important databases for research in History.

  • America: History and Life
    Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
  • JSTOR
    Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR does not include the most recent 3-5 years of the journals.

Specialized Databases

  • History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
    Articles on the history of agriculture, biology, construction, chemistry, energy, engineering, geology, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, social sciences, town planning, transport engineering, and zoology.
  • PubMed
    To search for the history of medicine in PubMed, enter your topic in the search box and then click on the Limits link above it. In the Subsets section, scroll down to History of Medicine and check the box next to it. Check any other limits that might apply. Then click search. This subset was created by the National Library of Medicine to facilitate searching for history topics and should return more precise results. NOTE: Always enter PubMed through the Libraries website so links to full text content will appear.
  • Global Health
    After conducting your search, look at the Research Areas options under the menu on the left. Choosing History from the list may provide you with a more relevant set of results.
  • IndexCat
    Digitized version of the Index-Catalogue, the multi-part printed bibliography or list of items in the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, U.S. Army. Contains over 4.5 million online references to over 3.7 million bibliographic items including 2.5 million items journal articles, 250,000 monographs (books, pamphlets, and reports), and approximately 300,000 dissertations. Covers up through 1961 imprints.

History of Science Secondary Source

Isis Current Bibliography ("Isis CB")
   * Updated annually in the journal Isis.
   * Entire bibliography available for free via WorldCat (www.worldcat.org). Just include "xisi2" in your search terms (e.g., "eugenics xisi2").
   * Searchable for a fee through the HSTM database (see below)
   * Excellent selection of published monographs, articles, and other sources in the history of science, technology, and medicine (most content related to science).
HSTM ("HistSciTecMed") Database
   * Powerful search front-end for the following bibliographies: Isis CB (1974-present), Italian Bibliography of the History of Science (1982-present), Current Bibliography in the History of Technology (1987-present), and the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (1991-2004).
   * Moderate learning curve. Effective searching requires learning HSTM's thesaurus of subjects and terms. For more information, see "Isis Currently Bibliography in the History of Science" at http://www.ou.edu/cas/hsci/isis/website/ and Weldon et. al., and "Searching Smartly in the HistSciTechMed Database" at http://www.hssonline.org/publications/Newsletter2010/April-searching-smartly.html.
Last Update: May 21, 2013 15:02