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Reference sources (encyclopedias and dictionaries)
- Dictionary of Medical Biography Consists of biographies of medical practioners, primarily in the western medical tradition.
- Encyclopedia of Birth Control Edited by Vern L. Bullough. Covers traditional techniques and contemporary practices of contraception.
- Encyclopedia of Gender and Society Covers major theories, issues, and people in contemporary gender studies.
- The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality Wide coverage of topics and countries.
- Oxford Reference Online Searches multiple reference books at once, including the Oxford Companion to the Body, the Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary, and the Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science. TIP: Narrow down your search to a specific subject area or a specific reference book. Also another good sources for searching medical terminology.
- Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality Gives an overview of approaches, methods, recent work and major debates in the history of sexuality. Also in print.
- Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine. Ed. by W. F. Bynum and Roy Porter. Osler Library Ref WZ 13 C737 1993 (2 vols.). Background essays with good bibliographies.
- A Dictionary of the History of Medicine. Ed. Anton Sebastian. Osler Library Ref folio WZ 13 S443d 1999.
- Palgrave Advances in the Modern History of Sexuality. Humanities and Social Sciences HQ16 P35 2006. Covers the history of sexuality in Europe and America from 1750.
- A Cultural History of Sexuality. Ed. by Julie Peakman. Humanities and Social Sciences HQ12 C85 2011 (6 vols.). Volumes divided according to period. Each period is explored thematically, for example: sex, medicine, and disease; heterosexuality; homosexuality; religion and the law; etc.
Article Indexes and Databases
History of Sex and Gender
- Sexbiblio Index of primary and secondary material on the history of sexuality in Europe, U.S. and Canada. Includes books and articles from Europe, U.S. and Canada from 1700 to 2007/08. Created by the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Vienna.
- Gender Studies Database Interdisciplinary coverage of sex and gender related topics, including health issues. Contains articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, etc. from 1972 on.
History of Medicine
- History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) 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 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 Journal articles, book reviews and some dissertations on Canadian and United States history. Broad subject coverage includes medical topics.
- Historical Abstracts Contains references to journal articles, book reviews and some dissertations on world history from 1450, EXCLUDING Canada and the United States. Broad subject coverage contains medical topics.
- TIP: 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 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 WorldCat Discovery 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 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 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 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 Science 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, 1844-present. This journal, which began as The American Journal of Insanity, is full text searchable.
- American Periodicals Serials Online, 1740-1900 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,1883-present. This is full text searchable.
- The Lancet, 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 digitized 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.
- Defining Gender, 1450-1910 Collection of European and British source material from 21 libraries. Organized thematically, including section devoted to historical documents relating to the study of the body.
- Archive.org. This is a repository where many libraries place digital versions of works they digitize. You may be interested in browsing the items that the Osler Library of the History of Medicine has added; this is updated as content increases. Items in Archive.org are indexed and linked in McGill's library catalogue.
- HathiTrust. Similar to archive.org and also accessible through WorldCatDiscovery, this is another resource for books that have been digitized.
- Medical Heritage Library. The mandate of the Medical Heritage Library is to collect any digitized material (including a/v) pertaining to the history of medicine.
Newspapers and Related
- Factiva 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 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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