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History of Science

This guide lists some starting points for doing research in the history of science, including article databases, reference works like encyclopedias and dictionaries, and web resources for biographical information on scientists


Welcome to the History of Science Resource Guide. This guide is meant to be a general starting point to research in the history of science, primarily within the University of Chicago Library collection. Print and electronic resources are included as well as general tips and tricks to make your research a bit easier.  See also the History of Medicine guide.

History of Science at the University of Chicago

Study of the history of science is highly interdisciplinary in nature at the University of Chicago.

Links to Departmental Histories

Information about the history of various departments at the University varies in detail and availability from department to department.  The Library's Special Collections Research Center which includes the University's archival collection is an especially rich source of historical documentation of science at the University of Chicago. The following are links to those departments and institutes which have published historical descriptions.

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Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Director, Humanities and Area Studies
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Geophysical Sciences

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