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Key databases for History and Philosophy of Science

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in History and Philosophy of Science. You can also see a complete list of databases for History and Philosophy of Science available from the Library.

British Newspapers 1600-1900

An extensive collection of newspapers from across the British Isles, and the British Empire.

Guide to using British Newspapers 1600-1900

Early European Books

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the end of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.

Guide to using Early European Books

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

This database, which contains over 180,000 titles, allows you to search or read the full text of books, pamphlets, essays or broadsides printed in the UK or the Americas between 1701 and 1800, on any topic.?Works included are primarily in English but some foreign-language material printed in England is also present. As well as searching the text you can view page images and illustrative content. The database is updated annually.

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

This database allows you to search for journal articles, conference proceedings, books and dissertations in the history of science, technology, and medicine and allied historical fields.

IsisCB Explore

IsisCB Explore is a research tool for the history of science. Its core dataset comes from bibliographical citations in the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science, which contains over 400,000 indexed works. Three main types of records can be searched for: Citations (bibliographic entries that have been classified and indexed); Authorities (authors and contributors, publishers, journals, and thesis granting institutions – enabling users to explore who has produced history of science scholarship over the years); Relationships (records that link citations and authorities to each other creating a semantic web that powers the search and facet features).

Making of the Modern World

Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 provides digital facsimile images of 61,000 works on economics, business and trade, giving insights into the economic, social and political conditions of the time. Full-text searching is available across this collection.

Guide to using Making of the Modern World


PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of research content in philosophy. It monitors sources including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. It also hosts the largest open access archive in philosophy. The index contains over 2.3 million entries in more than 5,000 categories.

Guide to using PhilPapers

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

This database provides a scholarly synopsis of the material relating to science, technology and medicine appearing in 16 general British periodicals from the nineteenth century. It contains entries for over 14,000 articles and references to more than 6000 individuals and 2500 publications.