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Core databases for secondary sources
Some useful databases for the history of medicine are listed below. For a complete listing of article indexes and databases available through McGill, go to all article indexes & databases.
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Starting your research
Have a topic that you might be interested in exploring? Need more background information about a particular reading? Here are some useful reference books to help you brainstorm and do preliminary research on potential areas of interest or provide general background information:
In order to create persistent links, you may need to know how to create a link in a Word document. To avoid displaying lengthy URLs when creating links, embed your links into the document title. For example,
When connected to a database, e-book, e-journal or online article, the URL that appears in the browser address bar may only be a temporary address that might not function several days or even a few hours later.
Fortunately however, many subscription databases and publishers now offer persistent URLs that can be used in myCourses, Web pages or email messages.
See the Accessing online resources page for instructions on how to access persistent links.
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Emergency Response Tools
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
A system to help emergency responders identify and respond to hazardous materials incidents. Contains information on information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.
Where to Find Background Information
If you are not sure what your topic is all about, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia. Start with:
Where to Find References to Journal Articles
The collection contains a variety of materials documenting French history and literature. There are a number of fragments of early French literary texts including two leaves from a copy of the "Chevalier du Cygne" dated c. 1300. There is a copy dated c. 1660 of the "Receul [sic] des actes de tous les Sinodes Nationnaux...au Royaume de France", 1559-1660.
The collection was donated to the library in 1981 by the family of the collector, the late Joe Fishstein of New York City. It is composed primarily of twentieth century Yiddish belles-lettres, poetry and criticism. While there are many standard works in the collection, there are, as well, many rare pre-World War II East European imprints. There are also scrapbooks of photographs and postcards. The collection includes some 2500 monographs and 200 serials. Most of the volumes have mac-tac bindings made by Fishstein.
The 52 titles in this collection include many first and early editions of Burton's works. A number of the volumes have the bookplate of the Canadian financier Sir George Stephen, Bart (Lord Mount Stephen, 1829-1921). Other titles and editions of Burton's works are in the general rare book collection.
Records for the holdings are in the McGill Library on-line catalogue.
The Islamic manuscripts fall into three groups: Arabic, Persian and Turkish. The Arabic manuscripts, some thirty-three codices, are mostly Korans and tracts on Sufiism and Shiite sects. In addition, there is a collection of over two hundred pieces of Arabic calligraphy. There are some thirty-five Persian codices, primarily poetry, and about a hundred separate leaves, many containing miniature paintings. Among the latter is one leaf dated to the thirteenth century and a leaf from the Demotte "Shahnama", c. 1350.
The collection holds three large archives of British political papers and a number of smaller collections and single manuscripts covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Some of these materials are copies of official documents and others are private papers, and there are a number of interesting eighteenth-century collectanea containing material from earlier periods.
The collection of the American designer, illustrator and author Edward Gorey (1925-2000) consists of books by and/or illustrated by him. The books, of which there are eighty-eight volumes, are mostly first editions and date from the period ca 1950 to 1980. As well, there is a small body of ephemera including book jackets by and articles about Gorey.
The collection was established ca 1969. It includes examples of the wood engravings of Thomas and John Bewick of Newcastle, England, from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Both monographs (89) illustrated by them and scrapbooks of examples of their work are present. Of particular interest is the recently acquired 1826 edition of A History of British Birds. It is heavily annotated throughout, with notes on the impression of the plates, the descriptions of the birds and the order of the entries on almost every page.