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History of Science, Medicine, & Technology: Finding Books & Articles

Welcome to the History of Science, Medicine,and Technology research guide. This guide will direct you to resources on the topic of discovery and innovation in science, medicine, and technology.

Finding Books & Articles

To find articles and ejournals search the library's online catalog WorldCat or search Databases. Please check with librarians to see if any journals or magazines are held in the library.

First, try a simple keyword search such as Civil War. Keyword searches produce a large amount of results. This type of search is broad and less precise. Fortunately, most online catalogs and databases have features to help you refine your search terms. Refinement features may include author, year, format, content, audience, or sub-topics.

Creating a search strategy:

Next, try Boolean searching. This type of searching allows you to combine keywords using operators AND, OR, and NOT. 

To narrow your results use AND with two or more concepts. Example: tools AND instruments. Results will include both terms.

To broaden your search use OR with synonymous or related words or phrases. Example:  Car OR automobile - This type of search expands the search so that you have one result or both.

Sometimes one of your search terms may produce a list of results that includes articles that are not relevant to your topic. Using the operator NOT eliminates words from your search and reduces the number of results. Example: Tower mills NOT windmills. The word windmill will be excluded from the search. 

Full-text Databases: refers to electronic resources with access to the complete text of articles in journals, books, newspapers, theses, dissertations, and more. Illustrations, graphs, charts, and images may be included.

Browsing the Library Shelves

Library of Congress Classification Outline

The library uses the LCC system to organize books on the shelf. Books about Technology are located in the main Class T - Technology followed by subclasses.

Main Class T  - Technology

T1-995 Technology (General)

T10.5-11.9 Communication of technical information

T11.95-12.5 Industrial directories

T55-55.3 Industrial safety. Industrial accident prevention

T55.4-60.8 Industrial engineering. Management engineering

T57-57.97 Applied mathematics. Quantitative methods

T57.6-57.97 Operations research. Systems analysis

T58.4 Managerial control systems

T58.5-58.64 Information technology

T58.6-58.62 Management information systems

T58.7-58.8 Production capacity. Manufacturing capacity

T59-59.2 Standardization

T59.5 Automation

T59.7-59.77 Human engineering in industry. Man-machine systems

T60-60.8 Work measurement. Methods engineering

T61-173 Technical education. Technical schools

T173.2-174.5 Technological change

T175-178 Industrial research. Research and development

T201-342 Patents. Trademarks

T351-385 Mechanical drawing. Engineering graphics

T391-995 Exhibitions. Trade shows. World's fairs

Books on the shelf

Suggested Searches

  • Airplanes
  • Astronomy
  • Automobile
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Cotton Industry
  • Electrical Supply Industry
  • Electronics
  • Electrotechnology
  • Engineering
  • Factory or Factories
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Industry
  • Industry and Trade
  • Information Revolution
  • Instruments
  • Iron Industry
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Instruments
  • Medical Technology
  • Medieval Technology
  • Military Weapons
  • Printing or Printer
  • Power
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Spacecraft
  • Technological Innovations
  • Telephone
  • Textile Industry
  • Water Power
  • Weapons or Weaponry

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