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HIST 118: Introduction to the History of Science (HC): Background

History 118: Introduction to the History of Science (Hayton) Spring 2016

History of Science Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

University Training

 Aristotle lectures to students in a medieval university setting, painted by Laurentius Voltolina (as inscribed), second half of the 14th century, Bologna (Berlin, Staatliche Museen Berlin) (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Encyclopedias for History

The following sources provide overviews of ideas, people, and events in the history of classical aniquity and the Middle Ages.  They are a quick way to find out the basic facts and current points of debate.

When using an article in an encyclopedia or handbook, always check the bibliography for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.

Subject Guide

Margaret Schaus

Reference Works on Exploration and Cartography