Our databases can only look for the words you enter in, and they can only return results that exactly match your searches. That's why its important to take some time to do a little background research, especially for a history project. Should you be looking in databases about the Roman times, the Middle Ages, or the twentieth century?
Ingram Library provides several online reference databases to help you frame your topic and come up with search terms. We especially recommend Credo Reference and Oxford English Dictionary. As you look, try to identify:
The goal here to have a list of terms that will return relevant articles, and only relevant articles. For example, searching for natural log will return many results about nature and tree logs and their impact on human society. However, searching for John Napier, the famous inventor of the natural log, will give you only articles about the math function and Napier's discovery of it.
Ingram Library (and the University System of Georgia) carries many books on the history of math and science. You can search for these materials on the book tab of our homepage.
Ingram Library has many history databases, most of which specialise in a specific time period or event in history. To begin your history research, we recommend starting in the following more general databases. Each of these databases include different journals and other resources.
Whichever database you are in, the following tips should help.
There are a number of great websites relevant to History in Science. Googling for any publication before 1920 will usually bring up its full text. In addition, you may want to try the following sites:
The research guides linked above may also have websites relevant to your topic.