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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.

Titles of Selected Scientific Journals

General Science

  • Nature
  • Nature Communications
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 
  • PLOS One
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society
  • Science
  • Science Advances
  • Scientific Reports


Physical Sciences

Astronomy and astrophysics

  • Astronomical Journal
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Astrophysical Journal
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific


  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • Angewandte Chemie
  • Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
  • Canadian Journal of Chemistry
  • Chemical Communications
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Chemistry - A European Journal
  • Chemistry Letters
  • Helvetica Chimica Acta
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

  • American Mineralogist
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal
  • Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences
  • Earth Interactions
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • International Journal of Speleology
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
  • Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
  • Journal of Climate
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Journal of Physical Oceanography
  • Journal of the IEST
  • Monthly Weather Review
  • National Weather Digest
  • Nature Climate Change
  • Tellus A
  • Weather and Forecasting
  • Zeitschrift für Geologische Wissenschaften (Journal for the Geological Sciences)


  • Acta Crystallographica 
  • Advances in Physics
  • American Journal of Physics
  • Annalen der Physik
  • Applied Physics Letters
  • Canadian Journal of Physics
  • Journal of Physics 
  • Nature Physics
  • New Journal of Physics
  • Physical Review
  • Reports on Progress in Physics


Life Sciences


  • Agronomy for Sustainable Development
  • Animal Production Science
  • Journal of Animal Science
  • Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
  • Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Journal of Dairy Science


  • BioEssays
  • Biological Reviews
  • Biophysical Journal
  • Cell
  • eLife
  • International Journal of Biological Sciences
  • Journal of Cell Biology
  • Journal of Molecular Biology
  • Journal of Theoretical Biology
  • Journal of Virology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
  • PLOS Biology

Biophysics and Biochemistry

  • Biochemical Journal
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysical Journal
  • European Journal of Biochemistry
  • FEBS Journal
  • Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • Journal of Clinical Lipidology
  • Journal of Molecular Biology
  • Proteins
  • RNA
  • Xenobiotica


  • American Journal of Botany
  • Annals of Botany
  • Aquatic Botany
  • International Journal of Plant Sciences
  • New Phytologist


  • Advances in Ecological Research
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Ecology Letters
  • Journal of Ecology
  • Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Trends in Ecology & Evolution


  • Bosque
  • Canadian Journal of Forest Research
  • Forest Ecology and Management


  • Genetica
  • Genetics
  • Genetics in Medicine
  • Heredity
  • Journal of Genetics
  • Nature Genetics
  • Theoretical and Applied Genetics


  • Allergy
  • Annual Review of Immunology
  • Current Opinion in Immunology
  • European Journal of Immunology
  • Immunity
  • Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • Journal of Immunology
  • Nature Immunology
  • Nature Reviews Immunology
  • Trends in Immunology


  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Developmental Science
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Genes, Brain and Behavior
  • Journal of Neurochemistry
  • Journal of Neurophysiology
  • Journal of Neuroscience
  • Nature Neuroscience
  • Neuron
  • Physiology & Behavior
  • Trends in Neurosciences

Veterinary Medicine

  • Archivos de Medicina Veterinaria
  • Avian Diseases
  • BMC Veterinary Research
  • Canadian Veterinary Journal
  • In Practice
  • Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
  • Journal of Veterinary Science
  • Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
  • Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Record
  • Veterinary Research


  • Journal of Zoology
  • Zoology
  • Zootaxa
  • Animal Cognition