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History of Technology


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  • America: History & Life - Covers journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations about the history and culture of Canada and the United States. These articles are not full-text, but may be obtained through interlibrary loan.
  • Historical Abstracts - Covers academic historical journals since 1955. Focus is on the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. These articles are not full-text, but may be obtained through interlibrary loan.
  • EBSCO - This is the place to start for general research. This group of databases includes: Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, CINAHL, PsycARTCLES, ERIC, and more. Articles may be full-text, abstracts, or citations.
  • JSTOR - Full-text academic journals covering the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.


Circulating Books

Try both the keyword and subject search for your particular topic. If you don't find any books try a broader topic. For example, for books on the plow, look in a book about the history of agriculture.

  • The Culture of Time and Space 1880-1918 CB478 .K46
  • Technological Change and the Transformation of America HM221 .T3977
  • The Agricultural Revolution of the 20th Century S494.5 .I5 P22
  • The Norton History of Technology T15 .C37
  • A History of Western Technology  T15 .K553
  • Technology in Western Civilization T15 .T43 
  • The Age of Invention: A Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest T19 .T5
  • Nuts and Bolts of the Past: A History of American Technology, 1776-1860 T21 .H39  
  • Technology in America: A Brief History T21 .M372  
  • History of American Technology T21 .O45    
  • 20th Century Revolutions in Technology T173.8 .S568   

Reference Books

Use the index volume to find a particular article related to your topic.

  • Dictionary of American History  E174.D5
  • Encyclopedia of American History  E174 .E53

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