Monday, February 1, 2016

Science and technology readings and resource list

History and development of science and technology

*“Science.” Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2004.
Omit section E. “Social Sciences” in part IV “Branches of Science,” and section F.3 “Social Sciences,” in part V “History of Science”.

“Science and Society”. The Canadian Encyclopedia.
From Canadian perspective. Article by David Suzuki.

History and timelines
Alterna Time
Collection of timelines on the Internet compiled by a U.S. college librarian. Includes section on science and technology.

History of Science on the web

University of Delaware Library. Internet Resources for History of Science and Technology.

Literature of science and technology

*Bonn, G. S., and L. C. Smith, “Literature of Science and Technology,” in McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. REF Q 121 M3 v. 10 1997

*Chin, Robert A. “Disseminating, Archiving, and Retrieving New Knowledge in Industrial Technology: Implications for the Discipline and NAIT.” Journal of Industrial Technology 15.2 (1999) 1-6.

Structure of the Biomedical Literature
Library instruction site from Medical College of Ohio. Covers: Scientific Information Life Cycle, Garvey-Griffith Scientific Communications Model, Influence of Electronic Scientific Communication

Tenopir, Carol and King, Donald W. “ Towards Electronic Journals: Realities for Scientists, Librarians, and Publishers.” Psycoloquy: 11.84 (2000)

Sources of information in general science and technology

Holmberg, Melissa. “Using Publishers’ Web Sites for Reference Collection Development.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Winter 2000.

Selection tools

Academia: An Online Magazine and Resource for Academic Librarians
A monthly online magazine of academic titles and information, from YBP (formerly Yankee Book Peddlar and Baker & Taylor). Covers all subject areas, not just science and technology.

Produced by the American Library Association, covers some adult non-fiction in the areas of pure science, technology, and health and medicine. Both print and online reference materials is covered in a separate section. An index to the site is available at

BookPage: America’s Book Review
Online version of a monthly book review distributed nationwide in the U.S. by more than 2,000 bookstores and libraries. Covers all topic areas but contains a site search engine in the archives section.

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
Each issue has a section which reviews reference titles in science and technology.

E-STREAMS: Electronic Reviews of Science & Technology References Covering Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine and Science
E-STREAMS is a collaborative venture between H. Robert Malinowsky of the University of Illinois at Chicago and YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor Company. E-STREAMS is free of charge and is available only in electronic form.

Reviews for science books dating back to January 1998. To locate a review of a particular title, search on the title phrase. The results will list the particular E-Stream issue the review was published in.

Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship
Quarterly electronic journal of the Science & Technology Section. Association of College & Research Libraries. Serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions of topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries. Includes book reviews, reviews of databases and science and technology resources on the Internet.

Library Journal
Fulltext available on EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier. Reviews reference material.

Outstanding Reference Sources
The titles, selected by RUSA’s Reference Sources Committee, represent high-quality reference works that are suitable for small to medium-sized libraries. Covers all subject areas, including science and technology.

Sci-Tech Library Newsletter
The Sci-Tech Library Newsletter is a monthly publication produced by Stephanie Bianchi of the National Science Foundation, which is based in the United States. The newsletter highlights new and important web sites in the areas of science, technology and engineering.

Bibliographies and guides to the literature

American Reference Books Annual / Bohdan S. Wynar, editor in chief; Anna Grace Patterson, editor. Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited.
Also available as ARBA Online which covers 1995 to date. 

BUBL: Science Links

CISTI Virtual Library Hotlinks Recommended Resources: Science and Technology

Guide to Reference Books / edited by Robert Balay; associate editor, Vee Friesner Carrington; with special editorial assistance by Murray S. Martin. 11th ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1996. Ref Z 1035.1 G89 1996

Guide to Reference Materials for Canadian Libraries / editor: Kirsti Nilsen with the assistance of Alanna Kalnay; consulting editor, Claire England. 8th ed. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1992. Ref Z 1035.1 G91

Information Sources in Science and Technology / C. D. Hurt. 3rd ed. Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1998. Z 7401 .H85

Internet Public Library: Science & Technology

Internet Resources: Science Links
From Winnipeg Public Library. This page contains links to a selection of web-based information and educational resources in Science. Specific fields covered here include Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics.

Martindale’s the Reference Desk
A vast collection of resources in all areas; particularly strong in weather, medical and science, and internet resources—but strong representations for practically everything.

Reference Sources in Science: Engineering, Medicine, and Agriculture / H. Robert Malinowsky. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1994. Z 7401 .M278

Scientific and Technical Information Sources / Ching-chih Chen. 2nd ed. Cambridgge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1987. Z 7401 .C48

The Virtual Library: Natural Sciences and Mathematics

The Virtual Library: Engineering

Walford’s Guide to Reference Material, Volume 1: Science and Technology / edited by Marilyn Mullay and Priscilla Schlicke. 8th ed. London: Library Association, 1999. Ref Z 1035.1 .W34

Abstracts and indexes

General Science Index
Indexes popular and professional science journals published in the United States and Great Britain. Subject headings have been designed for the non-specialist and student. Subject coverage includes atmospheric science, earth science, conservation, food and nutrition, genetics, nursing and health, physiology, and zoology. From H. W. Wilson.

Ingenta is a databases of current article information taken from over 25,000 journals in a wide variety of disciplines. It allows you to search for articles by keyword search or to browse the contents page of specific journal issues. Offers document delivery for a fee.

Science Citation Index
Multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in 3,700 of the world’s leading scholarly science and technical journals covering more than 100 disciplines. From ISI (Institute for Science Information) which is now owned by Thomson.

A science specific search engine from Elsevier Science, a large commercial publisher, designed to focus on Internet resources containing research-oriented scientific content, such as university Websites and author home pages. Citations to journal articles are also provided, although subscription is required for access to full text of journals.

Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Glossarist: Science Glossaries and Science Dictionaries

OneLook Dictionary Search: Science

Science dictionaries and glossaries indexed by the OneLook® search engine.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1997. 20 v. Ref Q 121 .M3 1997
The standard reference work for science and technology. New edition published every 5 years. Does not contain biographies.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
. 6th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. Ref Q123 M34
Contains 11,000 terms and 125,000 definitions, accompanied by 3,000 black-and-white illustrations. The format continues as in the past, with letter-by-letter alphabetization. Synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations are given within the definition. Pronunciation of each and every terms continues to set this dictionary apart from other science and technology dictionaries.

Chambers Dictionary of Science and Technology / general editor, Peter M. B. Walker. Edinburgh : Chambers, c1999. Alternate title: Larousse Dictionary of Science and Technology. Ref Q 123 .C455 1999
Compiled in Great Britain, this dictionary has been previously published in the U.S. as the Chambers Science and Technology Dictionary (1988) and the Cambridge Dictionary of Science and Technology (1990). It briefly defines more than 49,000 terms. Main entries are under the British spelling of a word, with a cross-reference from the American spelling. There are no biographical entries.

Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia. 7th ed. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989. 2 v. Ref Q 121 .V3
9th ed. published 2002. Oldest encyclopedia devoted solely to the sciences. Does not contain biographies.

Handbooks, directories, yearbooks, etc.

McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology. Q 121 .M3 Y3
Updates the encyclopedia.

New York Public Library Science Desk Reference
. New York: Macmillian, 1995. Ref Q 173 .B3
Compiled by a book packager, contains science and technology information for the high-school and college student and layperson. It is topically arranged under headings such as “Scientific Measurement,” “Time,” “Biology,” “Earth Science,” and “Computer Science”. Most chapters have glossaries, brief biographies of important people in that discipline, and bibliographies for further reading. Most of the book is made up of tables and lists.

The Handy Science Answer Book. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 2003. Ref Q 173 H24 2003
Compiled by the Science and Technology Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Science and Technology Desk Reference: 1,500 Answers to Frequently-Asked or Difficult-to-Answer Questions / Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Science and Technology Dept. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1993. Ref Q173 S397 1993 / Ref Q 158 .S34

The Scientific American Science Desk Reference. New York: John Wiley, 1999. Ref Q 173 S427 1999

The work is divided into 16 sections representing different fields of science, from mathematics and physics to the environment, biology, and the health sciences. Each section contains brief essays covering the key concepts and research in the field, along with various tables and statistical data. Every section also provides the reader with a glossary, very brief biographies of important scientists, a chronology of events (generally current to mid-1998), links to relevant Web sites, and a bibliography of classic books. Black-and-white illustrations enhance the text, and a comprehensive index helps the reader locate a specific topic of interest anywhere within the work.

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