Thomas Library

Selected Resources for Dr. Williams's WittSem:
Science and its Role in Society

Fall 2010

Books | Indexes | Periodicals | Web Sites | Help


Library Catalogs | Reference Books

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: WebEZRA -- 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.

Encyclopedia of Ethics (3 volumes)
Reference BJ63 .E45 2001
Dictionary of Ethics, Theology, and Society
Reference BJ63 .D53 1996

Access Science
Access Science is the online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology covering all areas of science and technology

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (20 volumes)
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

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia (3 volumes)
Reference Q121 .V3 2008

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
Reference Q123 .M15 2003

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

Encyclopedia of Bioethics
Reference QH332 .E52 1995


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.

Wilson Indexes
The Wilson Index is made up of the Humanities, Sciences and Social Science indexes. It is a good place to find scholarly articles on a variety of topics.
Lexis-Nexis contains over 20 years of full-text coverage of major national and international newspapers.

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.


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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