Thomas Library

Selected Resources for Dr. Welch's WittSem:
All I ask is a Tall Ship...

Fall 2012

Books | Indexes | Periodicals | Web Sites | Help


LC subject headings | Library Catalogs | Reference Books

Library of Congress Subject Headings.

31st ed., 5 vols., 2009.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA -- the online catalog
At other Ohio academic Libraries: OhioLINK
In North America For ILL: WorldCat

Reference Books

Below is a select list of reference books that may be helpful to you in this course.

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica (32 volumes)
Reference AE 5 .E363 2002
The Encyclopedia Britannica is one of the most famous reference books on the planet. While you don't want to base your entire paper on it, it is a good starting point.

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology (20 volumes)
Main Reference Q121 .M3 1997 (8th edition)
This encyclopedia gives a good overview of a topic in a few pages. Probably a good starting point for many topics

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online
AccessScience@McGraw-Hill: The Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia (2 volumes)
Reference Q121 .V3 2002
Van Nostrand's is another good general science encyclopedia.

Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures
Reference Q124.8 .E53 1997

Medieval Science, Technology, and Medicine: an Encyclopedia
Reference Q124.97 .M43 2005

Chronology of Science: From Stonehenge to the Human Genome Project
Reference Q125. C482 2002

Reader's Guide to the History of Science
Reference Q125. R335 2000

The History of Science in the United States
Reference Q127 .U6 H57 2001

Inventions and Inventors (2 volumes)
Reference T20 .I59 2002
Also Available Online


Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multi-subject database containing both scholarly and popular publications. Some material is available in full-text. It will be s a good starting place for all the papers for this course.

Historical Abstracts
Covers world history excluding Canada and the United States.

America: History and Life
Covers U.S. and Canadian history

History of Science, Technology and Medicine
An international index of articles, proceedings, books and more on the history of science, technology and medicine.

A full list of all of the indexes available at Wittenberg can be found at:


Periodicals are where most of the information for your research papers will come. Remember that there are scholarly publications as well as popular publications You will most likely want to stick to scholarly publications for your research. For hints on how to tell the two apart, please see Scholarly vs. Popular Articles.

Wittenberg owns many scientific journals in both print and electronic formats. The links below will help you to find out what journals we own, the format, and where they are located.

Journals the Library Has
This is a searchable index of the periodicals Wittenberg owns in electronic and print formats. Location and dates owned are also provided. If you need an article from a journal that we do not own, you can order it through Interlibrary Loan.


When using the internet, always be thinking critically about what you are viewing. Good and bad information both reside on the internet and it isn't always easy to tell the two apart. For hints on spotting good web pages, please see the library's page on Evaluating Web Sites.

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia constantly under revision by its users. Because it may be edited by anyone, it is not the most reliable source in the world, but it is generally good for basic background information. You will probably NOT want to use this as one of your sources in your bibliography.

If you choose to use internet sites as information resources, you must cite them just as you must cite a book or journal article. For help citing webpages and other online resources, take a look at Citing Electronic Resources.


If you are having trouble with your research, please contact: Alisa Mizikar, Science Librarian, or x7515 or the Reference Desk,, x7511

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