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History : Science & Medicine: Books

A research guide to primary and secondary sources for the history of science and medicine.

Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

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UW Libraries Search

 

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  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: hygiene london history. On the results screen use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any articles that were found.
     
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "atomic west". If you don't see the book on your list of results then use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any book reviews that were found.
     
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "warren adam". On the results screen use the "Resource Type" options on the left toolbar to limit your results to books. This will eliminate any book reviews and articles that were found.

History eBook Collections

Use "Resource Type" option in UW Libraries Search to limit your search results to eBooks. Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections have strong history content:

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Browsing Medical History

The UW Libraries arranges medical books by National Library of Medicine call numbers. Though history is covered in every sub-category of medicine (e.g., history of tuberculosis is in the section dealing with the respiratory system), the major section for medical history is listed below.

WZ General History of Medicine Allen 1S


For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Outline of the NLM Classification.