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Library Resources
American Men and Women of Science. New York: Bowker, 1989-.
A biographical directory of living scientists. Updated regularly, it began publication in 1906 as American Men of Science.

Breakthroughs: A Chronology of Great Achievements in Science and Mathematics, 1200-1930. By Claire L. Parkinson. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
A handy chronological guide to when discoveries were made in science and mathematics and what other events were happening at the same time.

Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 14 vols. New York: Scribner's, 1970-80. 
With supplements. Profiles scientists from early to modern times, considering both their lives and the technical aspects of their work. Each biography is followed by a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

General Science Index. New York: Wilson, 1978-.
Designed for the nonspecialist, this index covers about 150 major research publications and popular science magazines. Available in electronic format.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. 8th ed. 20 vols. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.
Offers concise, up-to-date definitions of technical terms beyond those found in a standard dictionary.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.
A specialized encyclopedia covering scientific topics in detail. Technical discussions are fully illustrated with charts, diagrams, and photographs.

Science Citation Index. Philadelphia: ISI, 1961-.
An interdisciplinary index with author and subject indexes (called "source" and "permuterm," respectively) and a citation index that allows you to find out who has cited a particular work an efficient way to trace the importance of a piece of research. Available in electronic format.

Scientific and Technical Information Sources. By Ching-Chih Chen. 2nd ed. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1987.
A detailed guide to scientific sources, giving descriptions of abstracts, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other materials; arranged by type of source.

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