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About the Virtual Book Shelf

On this page you will find links to select Ebooks that are available online through OU Libraries.

  • Many, but not all, are available for use with unlimited number of users.
  • Some may also be available in print editions in History of Science Collections or Bizzell
  • Examples of Ebooks vendors whose books are included within the Local Catalog: ACLS Cambridge Univ. Press, Humanities, Ebrary, Proquest, Springer, Wiley


Ebooks NOT included on guide pages

  • Books from OPEN LIBRARY (although shown in catalog these are from external site) Be sure to search for these!
  •  HATHI books made available during the emergency closure are no longer available


For more info on searching for Ebooks see: Searching for Books using World Cat & Online Sites  

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias: Biographical

DSB: Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Need info about a particular scientist? A good place to start is with the DSB. See Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography (Online access)

This online edition includes materials from the original multivolume Dictionary of Scientific Biography (1970-1980), as well as the revised edition, the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (2008).

Entries about people include:

  • basic biographical info
  • overview of work and scientific contributions
  • bibliography of original works and secondary literature

Health & Medicine

In addition to books below, see the Epidemics topic page, which includes links many Ebooks.

Historiography - Cambridge series

Women & Tech