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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

History of Science Research Guide

A guide to help locate resources in the field of History of Science, with special emphasis on UIUC collections

Journal Articles

Use these research tools to perform a more comprehensive search for articles on topics related to the history of science.

The databases used by current practicing scientists often also provide access to older scientific publications. The resources listed below have especially deep historical coverage, but almost all scientific journal databases go back at least to the late 20th-century. To find additional resources related to a specific scientific field, see library resources listed by subject.

Finding Journals

The flagship publication of the American History of Science Society is Isis.

The University of Illinois Library subscribes to virtually all the major journals dedicated to the history of science. The Library also has rich and deep holdings of journals originally published for practicing scientists, going back into the earliest period of the modern sciences.

Another way to identify journals related to the history of science is through a keyword and/or subject heading search in the University of Illinois Library Catalog:

A keyword search using the terms science history periodicals will yield many results. Limit your results to Journals using the "Resource Type" option in the catalog's sidebar.

To find older scientific journals (rather than journals dedicated to the history of science), use the scientific field and the term periodicals as keywords, for example: paleontology periodicals. Look at the available holdings of the journal to see how far back it goes.

You may also wish to try the Library's Easy Search option, available from the Library's home page. To use Easy Search to identify journals (rather than individual articles), use the "Journals" tab:

The search term history of science will retrieve relevant Journal Title results. To find more tailored results, use keywords related to your specific field of research such as psychiatryhistory of technology, etc. Results listed as "E-journal keyword matches" will be links to journals.