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History of Science Secondary Sources by Type

Why Use Bibliographies?

Sample bibliographies (both print and online) are featured on this page to illustrate the variety of bibliographies available to researchers in this field. 



  • Search the catalog to see if bibliographies have been published in your topic area 
  • Print bibliographies can be very useful; information in these works may not be available elsewhere.
  • Take advantage of these resources in your research (no need to reinvent the wheel!)


Bibliographies/Databases for Researching History of Science

Search these key bibliographies/databases to find scholarly publications and to keep up-to-date on current research in the field.

History of Science, Technology and Medicine Database  â€‹Database available through OU Libraries website; comprises materials from four critical bibliographies in the field, including annual Isis Critical Bibliography; Use in conjunction with Isis Cumulative Bibliography (below) for coverage from the earlies Isis annual bibliographies (from 1913).

Isis Cumulative Bibliography of the History of Science  Annual bibliography in the field published in journal Isis; print volumes from 1913-1975 are available in History of Science Collections OR browse these online here

IsisCBExplore  Web version of the History of Science database. A "discovery" tool which includes web resources and unique search features. Sign-in and create a user account to enable linkage to OU catalog items.

See Tips on Searching History of Science Databases/BIbliographies box for info on features/searching