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History of Science

This guide will help you find resources on the history of science.

About this Guide


This guide includes major databases to help you find what you need.
Use the tabs to find background, articles, books, etc.

A quick note about the categories:

  • Background Information includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical sources, statistics & data, and other kinds of information that will give you an overview or context.
  • Class guides will lead you to library guides created specifically for this subject.


Image credit:  from Francis Rolt-Wheeler's The Science-History of the Universe, 1910, pg. 113.  Public domain.  Image courtesy of Sue Clark and Wikimedia Commons.

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