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- Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary: Good source for information on medical terminology. If you can't find a term in it, or need more information, try Oxford Reference Online (see below) or Credo Reference.
- Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease: Descriptions of major historical and modern diseases.
- Dictionary of Medical Biography: Consists of biographies of medical practitioners, primarily in the western medical tradition.
- A Dictionary of the History of Medicine (print book). Ed. Anton Sebastian. New York: Parthenon, 1999. Detailed entries of individuals and events for a general audience. Osler Library Reference, folio WZ 13 S443d 1999
General background sources for history of medicine or medieval history
- Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages: Contains articles on various aspects of medieval European history from 5th-15th centuries (ebook from Oxford University Press).
- Oxford Reference Online: Searches multiple reference books at once, including the Oxford Companion to the Body and the Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. TIP: Narrow down your search to a specific subject area or a specific reference book. Also another good sources for searching medical terminology.
- Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence: From Ancient Times to the Present (print book). Ed. George C. Kohn. New York: Facts on File, 2001. Osler Library, folio WA 13 E565 2001
- Medieval Science, Techology, and Medicine: An Encyclopedia (print book). Ed. Thomas Glick, Steven J. Livesey, and Faith Wallis. London: Routledge, 2005. Osler Library Reference, folio WZ 13 M4895 2005
Article Indexes and Databases
History of medicine
- History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM): Journal articles, conference proceedings, books, book reviews, and dissertations in the history of medicine and allied fields, science and technology. NOTE: most of the historical medical entries date from 1991 to 2004, so be sure to use additional databases in conjunction to find additional older and more recent sources.
- Subject Catalogue of the History of Medicine and Related Subjects (print book): Published by the Wellcome Library, includes items published between 1900-1978. Good to find earlier articles that may not be in HSTM.
- LocatorPlus: Online catalogue of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), one of the most important collections of historical material and writings about the history of medicine. Contains records books and some book chapters and articles.
- MEDLINE: From the NLM, a major bibliographic index of journal articles in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc. going back to 1950s. TIP: Use the subjects filter in the sidebar to restrict results to "History of medicine".
- International Medieval Bibliography: Up-to-date bibliography of journal articles and articles in essay collections and conference proceedings. Covers medieval Europe, Middle East, and North Africa from the years 300-1500. Very good for finding recent research. NOTE: limite to 3 simultaneous users so you may experience delays getting on.
- Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Citations to books, articles, essays and conference proceedings dealing with the period from 400 to 1700.
- Find more possibilities with the full Medieval European History subject guide from McGill.
General academic databases
- Humanities Full Text (Wilson): Wide range of historical material, including medieval history. Material published before 1984 can be found by selecting Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective in the database selection area.
- Web of Knowledge: Search for articles by topic, author, and source title, as well as by cited author and/or cited work.
Medical image databases
- Images from the History of Medicine: From the collection of the History of Medicine Division of the NLM.
- Index of Medieval Medical Images: Digital images found in medieval medical manuscripts held in North American libraries.
- Wellcome Images: TIP: Use Advanced Search to look specifically for historical images.
- McGill has two library catalogues:
- WorldCat contains the printed holdings in the various branches of the McGill Library, as well as audiovisual and electronic material, such as ebooks and ejournals, and links to secondary source databases. Also allows you to search holdings in other libraries. Can also search for individual articles in journal.
- Classic Catalogue contains McGill's printed holdings, but is no longer updated for electronic resources. Contains sub-catalogues that can be useful for narrowing down your searches.
- An easy way to narrow down printed books to only history of medicine (i.e. eliminate contemporary medical literature from your search results) is by searching in the Osler Library subcatalogue
- Click the "Sub-catalogues" tab, then click "Osler Library of the History of Medicine" under the Libraries and Collections category
- Run your search!
Research/writing resources and library info
- Chicago/Turabian Citation Style (pdf): A short guide
- Chicago Manual of Style Online: Full documentation of all of the Chicago style rules
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: Introduction to and examples of formatting a Chicago style bibliography
- Avoiding plagiarism: Quick guidelines to avoid plagiarizing. See also Plagiarism Examples.
- McGill's Writing Centre: Offers a drop-in writing tutorial service and non-credit writing courses
- A comparison of research management systems
- Endnote (citation management system available through McGill)