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History of Science Searching & Research Guide

Tips on Finding Books

  • See tabs at left for help finding books (primary sources or secondary sources) through Discover Local and databases. 
  • If the OU Libraries does not have a book you need, you can request to borrow a copy from another library through a link in the database you are searching (like Worldcat), or directly through Interlibrary Loan.  

About Books

AVAILABLE FORMATS

  • Books may be available to you in print, as E-books, in microform, or in digitized versions 
  • Print books can be found in Bizzell stacks or other branches, or in the History of Science Collections (books do not circulate from here but can be viewed in the Reading Room)

 

BROWSING BY CALL NUMBER

  • Books useful for research in History of Science, Technology & Medicine are shelved in many places in the library. Once you know a call number range, you may want to browse that section (see list of locations).

Browse to Find Books on Your Topic

BROWSE BIZZELL STACK & DECKS

Use the CALL NUMBER of a book you have already found to locate more books from Bizzell stacks (Library of Congress call numbers) and Bizzell decks (Dewey Decimal call numbers).  See locations in Bizzell library here  

 

CALL NUMBERS & SUBJECT AREAS

How do call numbers relate to subject areas? See these lists:

 

BROWSE THE RESEARCH GUIDES

Browse the other History of Science Guides to get an idea of books available in your topic. These Guides include standard reference books, introductory texts, bibliographies, as well as modern editions of primary sources.