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HIST 458 and 640: What is this Thing Called Disease?

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Reference sources

Medical biographies

Medical terminology

General history of medicine


Article indexes and databases

Specific to history of medicine

General history and social sciences

  • America: History and Life McGill only Journal articles, book reviews, and some dissertations on Canadian and US history. Broad subject coverage includes medical topics.
  • Historical Abstracts McGill only Journal articles, book reviews and some dissertations on world history from 1450 (particularly the West). Note: Excludes Canada and the United States.
  • Academic Search Complete McGill only Multidisiplinary database of scholarly articles, includes a broad range of topics on history and sociology, including medical sociology.
  • Sociological Abstracts McGill only Specialized database in sociology and the social and behavioral sciences from 1952.

Primary resources

Article indexes - medicine

  • EMBASE McGill only Major database of biomedical research with a lot of international, particularly European, content. Some overlap with MEDLINE. Contains articles dating to 1947. 
  • IndexCat (Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office) Both a catalogue and an index, with records for journal articles, books, pamphlets, reports, dissertations and portraits. A great source for locating primary resources. References are multilingual and cover medicine and allied areas. Coverage is through 1950. (Note: for a comparison of coverage between IndexCat and Index Medicus, see the NLM explanatory page.)
  • MEDLINE McGill only Major bibliographic index of journal articles in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the pre-clinical sciences. Limit results to only "History of Medicine" by clicking on "More Limits"

Newspapers and magazines

  • Google News Archive of newspapers and periodicals going back aproximately 200 years, including the "Montreal Gazette." (Note: Not all content is freely viewable.)
  • Newspapers List of online historical and contemporary newspapers and newspaper/magazine databases available at McGill.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective McGill only Online version of The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, an index to U.S. popular periodicals. Contains material from 1890 to 1982.

Other article databases

Government information

  • Government information from Canada, Quebec, other provincial governments, the UK, the US, the European, and some intergovernmental organizations dating back centuries available at McGill. Much is available online.

Other Useful Information

Citation styles

Annotated bibliographies

Library information

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