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History of Science Searching & Research Guide

Guide to Searching & Research in the history of science, technology & medicine

Searching for Writings of Scientists (through OU catalogs & databases)

If you are looking for a work by a particular scientist (article or book), it is likely that there is a copy in the History of Science Collections or somewhere in OU libraries. A scientist's works may be accessible through a variety of formats: print, microform, E-book, or digital access through the databases in the OU catalog or OU's Digital Collections. 


  • Search Discover Local to find all editions and formats of a particular book available at OU, start your research with an author and/or title search in the online catalog. For help with searching for books or for limiting searches by location (e.g. Collections only) or format (e.g. print only), see Search Discover Local for Books (Primary Sources)



Browsing the Primary Sources Guide


Browse the History of Science Primary Sources Guide for tips on finding primary source materials. It includes topical print guides, bibliographies of published works and examples of modern critical editions and facsimiles available in OU Libraries.