Note: Items marked McGill only are only accessible from McGill authenticated computers, such as in the Library, or remotely via VPN. To find out how to access these resources, go to Connecting to Library Resources at McGill and Remotely
Reference sources (encyclopedias/ dictionaries/ bibliographies)
- Dictionary of Medical Biography.McGill only This work has over 1,000 entries of practioners, primarily in the western medical tradition, but also including those in alternative and traditional Chinese, Indian and Islamic medicine.
- Encyclopedia of Birth Control McGill only . Edited by Vern L. Bullough.
- A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry McGill only . An electronic version of the 2005 work edited by Edward Shorter and published by Oxford University Press.
- Oxford Reference Online McGill only This source searches multiple reference books, providing definitions and brief information for terms and people in medicine and history, drawing upon works such as the Oxford Companion to the Body, the Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary, and the Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science. This resource can be searched in total or by specific subject areas.
- Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality. This book offers an overview of approaches, methods, recent work and major debates in the history of sexuality.
- Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine. Osler Ref WZ 13 C737 1993. This work has many good essays with bibliographies.
- A Dictionary of the History of Medicine. Osler Ref folio WZ 13 S443d 1999.
- Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality. Humanities and Social Sciences HQ16 P35 2006. This book offers an overview of approaches, methods, recent work and major debates in the history of sexuality.
Article indexes and databases
History of sex
- Sexbiblio A searchable database that indexes primary and secondary material of the history of western sexuality. The references included books and articles from North American and Europe from 1700 to 2007. Created by the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Vienna.
History of medicine
- History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) McGill only The HSTM database provides access to journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of medicine and allied fields, science and technology.
NOTE Most of the medical entries date from 1991 to 2004, so to locate earlier works on the history of medicine it is best to consult the Subject Catalogue of the History of Medicine and Related Subjects (Osler Ref folio ZW 1 W447s 1980 - 18 volumes), published by the Wellcome Library, for the period 1900-1978. Material from 1979-1991, and a great deal more, can be found in the The Wellcome Library online catalogue, which contains records for books, journals, reports, pamphlets, theses, patents and images. Later references can also be found in the general history indexes listed below.
- LocatorPlus This is the catalogue of the National Library of Medicine in the United States, containing records of books, book chapters (individual essays) and audiovisual material.
- America: History and Life McGill only This contains references to journal articles, book reviews and some dissertations about Canadian and United States history from the earliest times. Its subject coverage is broad and includes medical topics.
- Historical Abstracts McGill only This contains references to journal articles, book reviews and some dissertations about the history of all parts of the world from 1450, EXCLUDING Canada and the United States. Its subject coverage is broad and includes medical topics.
- NOTE: You can search both "America: History and Life" and "Historical Abstracts" simultaneously by selecting both in the choose databases section, the link for this is located next to the database name.
- LexisNexis Academic McGill only LEXIS/NEXIS Academic is an online service providing a wide range of full text information covering law, news, and business. Coverage is international but varies in depth for various countries and states. The legal section contains U.S., Canadian and European historical and current court decisions, as well as articles from law journals and reports.
- McGill University's Library Catalogue lists almost all of the printed holdings in the various branches of the McGill Library, as well as electronic, microform and audio-visual material.
- IndexCat (Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office) IndexCat is both a catalogue and an index, containing over 4.5 million records to journal articles, books, pamphlets, reports, dissertations and portraits, making this a great source for locating primary material in medical history. The references are multilingual and cover medicine and allied areas. Coverage is of material from antiquity through 1950.
- MEDLINE McGill only Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) MEDLINE is a major bibliographic index of journal articles covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the pre-clinical sciences going back to 1950, including some historical articles.
- PsycINFO McGill only PsycInfo covers the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology, physiology and linguistics. This database indexes material back to 1806, which makes this an excellent source for primary material as well as articles on the history of psychology and related subjects.
- Readers' Guide Retrospective McGill only This is the on-line version of The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, an index to U.S. popular periodicals. The online version indexes material from 1890 to 1982. You can get more recent material, plus some full text, by opening the database selection area and selecting Readers' Guide Full Text
- Web of Knowledge McGill only Web of Knowledge allows for searching for articles by topic, author, source title, and/or author address, as well as by cited author and/or cited work. Science citations go back to 1900, making this a source for finding historical, primary material.
- American Journal of Psychiatry, McGill only 1844-present. This journal, which began as The American Journal of Insanity, is full text searchable.
- American Periodicals Serials Online, 1740-1900 McGill only Full text of several hundred US professional and trade journals and popular magazines, such as Harper's Bazaar (1867-1912) and The Ladies' Home Journal (1889-1907).
- JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, McGill only 1883-present. This is full text searchable.
- The Lancet, McGill only 1823-present. This premier British medical journals covers a great variety of topics and is full text searchable.
- PubMed Central, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, has digitised a number of nineteenth and twentieth century medical journals, including The British Medical Journal. The content of these, along with more recent publications, can be searched in PubMed Central.
Newspapers and related
- Factiva McGill only Factiva Free Text/Indexing allows you to search a collection of more than 8,000 global sources including newswires, newspapers, websites and television transcripts by searching words in the publication title, or by selecting an industry or region. Over 118 countries are profiled in this database. Results are full text and coverage is contemporary.
- Google News Archive. This is an easy way to search through the full text of a number of 19th and 20th century newspapers, including the New York Times and the Montreal Gazette. Much of the content is free, but if one needs to purchase an article here check the McGill Library Catalogue to see if we have it from another source.
- LexisNexis Academic McGill only LEXIS/NEXIS Academic is an online service providing a wide range of full text information covering law, news, and business. Coverage is international but varies in depth for various countries and states. Content goes back to c.1980, but with older references as well. Many of the references are also full text.
- Internet Archive - Moving Image Archive. This is a collection of free online films, including public health films. The subset of the Prelinger Archives is particularly useful.
- National Film of Board of Canada This is the online catalogue of films made by the National Film Board, founded in 1939 to make films for the Canadian Government. One can browse by subject and view on line clips. The films can be viewed at their downtown Montreal office.
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This page was created and is maintained by Chris Lyons, Assistant History of Medicine Liaison Librarian.
Do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at: 398-4475, ext. 09847; by christopher [dot] lyons [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) , or at the Osler Library, room 414.