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These are the key databases that cover journal articles related to the history of science and medicine. Depending on the database, you may also get other sources like books or dissertations. Some also include the full text articles. Otherwise, to get full-text articles (or request articles we don't have, via interlibrary loan), click the button next to the article record.
Core Databases for History of Science and Medicine Some database descriptions include the dates of subject coverage and/or how far back they go in terms of indexing journals.
Covers topics on the role of scientific discovery in society and culture, as well as the historiography of scientific disciplines from prehistory to the present. Indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, books, dissertations, serials, maps and other related materials.
You could search History of Science, Technology and Medicine, and Historical Abstracts, and America: History & Life. Other databases to consider: Applied Science & Business Periodicals Retrospective, Applied Science & Technology, ATLA, Bibliography of Asian Studies, Bibliography of Native North Americans, along with other humanities and social sciences databases.
A better alternative to searching Google because it searches the scholarly literature rather than "everything." Very limited tools for refining searches, but you can go into the advanced search to limit a word or phrase be found in the title only. Indexes at the full text article level so it may identify articles not found in other databases. Using Google Scholar Advanced Search (1-min video)
The premier database for searching the biomedical literature. To focus your search on topics related to the history of medicine, include AND history [sb] to your search, like plague AND history [sb]. This will 1) automatically search on multiple iterations of history (histories, historical, biography, etc), while excluding articles on case, patient, or family history.
Full-text database of scholarly journals and books, including titles covering the history of science and technology. NOTE: Coverage of the journals usually goes back to the first issue, but the most recent 3-5 years of articles are generally not available.
Indexes 18,000+ journals and 180,000 conference proceedings, heavily in the sciences and engineering, but it also indexes humanities and social science journals and books (including history and philosophy of science). Easy interface for building and/or searches to include alternative keywords. Article records include cited and citing references, with related articles identified based on common citations.
An author index to scientific papers contained in the transactions of societies, journals, and other periodical works.. Vol. 1-6 cover 1800-1863, Vol. 7-8 cover 1864-1873, Vol. 9-11 cover 1874-1883. Vol. 12 is a cumulative index, and Vol. 13-19 cover 1884-1900. You can search within the text of particular volumes, and UCSD affiliates can login to download volumes as PDFs. A subject index is also available. The print copy is in the Library's Indexes collection in Geisel 1 East (Q158 .R812 1965 and Q158 R8122 1965).
Full-text database of American periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.
2 million+ dissertations and theses issued by graduate institutions in North America and beyond from 1861 to the present. Most UC dissertations from 1997-present are available; others are open access or can be requested via interlibrary loan (unless embargoed).