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Core 402: Science and Human Nature
Suggested Research Resources

Article Databases in GALILEO

  • Try at least three or four databases using some search phrases – try different search terms, and also experiment with the drop-down menus to search through the full-text and the title of the article.
  • It is generally best to start off your research broadly (such as “science and civilization”) then get more narrow (“science and civilization” AND “Italian Renaissance”)

Aside from your own searches, try these recommended subject terms to search. You can use the pull-down menu and select “Subject” to search, or you can search the full-text or title.

Science -- History Technology -- Sociological aspects
Science, Ancient Technology -- Moral and ethical aspects
Science, Medieval Mathematicians
Science, Renaissance Intellectual life (of time period or country)
Science -- Moral and ethical aspects Cosmology
Science -- Social aspects Cosmology history
Science and civilization Cosmology, Ancient
Scientists Cosmology, Medieval
Science -- Philosophy Civilization, Ancient
Technological innovations Civilization, Medieval
Technology -- Philosophy Civilization -- History
Technology and civilization  
  • Academic Search Complete sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals. More than 6,000 full-text journals, and more than 10,000 citations

  • Wilson Social Sciences Full Text sm_galileo (1K) Access to more than 700 social science journals.

  • Project Muse Full text content of over 220 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. If you go to “Article Search” you can limit it to searching History of Science, Technology, and Medicine journals, Medieval and Renaissance studies journals, History journals, etc.

  • JSTOR Access to more than 780 journals in the humanities and biological sciences. In the Advanced Search, you can limit what types of journals you want to search (such as History of Science and Technology journals
    Basic Searching Tips | Advanced Searching Tips | Other JSTOR Help Topics

  • Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.

  • MLA Bibliography sm_galileo (1K) This is the most comprehensive index for modern language and literature. It covers 1964 to present, and includes periodicals, books, dissertations, and conference proceedings. Classical Greek and Latin literature are not covered.

  • WorldCat sm_galileo (1K) A catalog of books and materials owned by libraries worldwide.

Electronic Books in NetLibrary

NetLibrary provides access to electronic books (eBooks), including reference books, scholarly monographs, publications of many university presses, and consumer books that have been converted into digital format.

  • Subjects to search for:
    • Technology – History
    • Science – History
  • Examples of book titles in NetLibrary:
    • Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination, by N.M. Swerdlow
    • On the Shoulders of Merchants: Exchange and the Mathematical Conception of Nature in Early Modern Europe, by Richard W. Hadden
    • The Uncertain Quest: Science, Technology, and Development, by Francisco R. Sagasti


Search the Philip Weltner Library Catalog from our homepage.

  • You may want to use some of the subject keywords listed above

If you are not finding what you need, try the GIL Library Catalog, which searches across the 35 member institutions of the University of System of Georgia

  • We can then interlibrary loan your request


Web Sites

  • Writing & Citing This page links to resources that provide writing tips and instructions for citing sources in multiple formats (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

  • Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology This website was created by the Center for History of Physics, a Division of the American Institute of Physics. It provides an introduction to the history of scientific cosmology.

  • American Institute of Phsyics Online Exhibits Other exhibits by AIP, including Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Papers of Great American Physicists, and discovery of the electron exhibits.
  • Ancients and Alchemists This site was created by the Chemical Heritage Foundation. “Though modern chemistry as we know it began with the chemical revolution of the 18th century, chemical processes were in use long before that… The alchemists, known for their relentless pursuit of the ‘philosophers’ stone’ and a way to turn base metals into gold, are often associated with the occult, but much of what they did was real science.” Use the timeline, faces, and resources buttons in the upper-right hand corner of the page.

  • National Science Digital Library History of Science and Technology Webpage Gateway“The History of Science and Technology Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources identified by National Science Digital Library staff as appropriate for inclusion in the Library.” This listing is a general overview of the history of science and technology; it is not specific to cosmological history.

Search Tips:

Most databases have a Guided, or Advanced, search option that will allow you to easily limit your search terms to specific fields. Boolean operators (and, or, not) are easier to use in this search mode. Additional ways to limit searches are by date, language, peer reviewed journals, and publication.

Refining your search: After your initial few searches, evaluate your results. Are there any aspects of your topic you need to add to your search? Make a note of the subject headings or descriptors attached to your results. You might be able to use these for additional searches. Did you receive too few results? If so, try expanding your search. Limit your search if you retrieved too many records.

Boolean Operator Basics: The Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT are often used to combine keywords or concepts when searching electronic databases. Using these operators can make your search more focused, thus yielding more precise search results.

AND is a connector that requires both words to be present in each record in your results. For example, searching for Livy AND historiography will only retrieve citations that include both terms. Use AND to narrow your search.

OR expands your search by allowing either word to be present in your search results. For example, as search on Livy AND (historiography OR method) will yield the following: All resulting citations will contain the word "Livy." In addition, all results will contain either "historiography" or "method" (or both).

NOT is used to exclude terms from your search. For example, if you did not want to find any references to book reviews, you could try searching for Livy NOT "book review".

I have the citation. How do I find the journal article?

  1. Look for the journal title (NOT the article title) in the Journal Locator - an alphabetical list of our electronic and print journal holdings.
  2. If your journal is listed, check that the issue you need is available. Journals that are available electronically have the dates of coverage listed next to the database link(s). For journals available in print or on microfilm, you will see a link to the library catalog labeled "Philip Weltner Library Print/Microfilm Holdings." This will tell you what issues we have in the library.