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STS 301 : Technology & Culture

Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments Series

If you are interested in a specific technology, the Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions and Discoveries series can be an excellent starting point!

Online Subject Encyclopedia Collections

The following links will take you to large digital collections of subject encyclopedias.  The Gale Virtual Reference Library is an especially good place to start for STS courses, as it includes the Mcgraw-Hill Dictionary of Science & Technology and the Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

Print Reference Sources

You'll find these print sources in the reference section on the main floor or in the main stacks! As you use these and other reference sources, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use the index to find your topic. Not all scholarly encyclopedias are arranged alphabetically, or your topic might be covered in a larger entry.
  • Try to find cross references. Look for 'see also' at the beginning or end of a topic.
  • Look for citations at the end of an entry. Helpful secondary books and articles may be listed, and you may even find citations to primary source material. Build a citation chain using this material.