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History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Useful Subject Headings (books)

This list should not be considered exhaustive of all, potentially useful subject headings. Further refinement of searches may be necessary in order to narrow one's options of appropriate titles:

Library of Congress Subject Headings
Medicine -- Religious aspects
Spiritual healing
Religion and science
Alternative medicine
Mental healing
Healing -- Religious Aspects
Integrative medicine
Health -- Religious aspects
Mental Healing
Pastoral Care
Psychology and Religion
Medical laws and legislation (Jewish law)
Suffering -- Religious aspects 
Death -- Religious aspects 
Bioethics -- Religious aspects 
Aging -- Religious aspects
Religion and science
Medicine in the Bible

MeSH Subject headings (useful for PubMed)
Religion and Medicine
Spiritual Therapies
Faith Healing -- psychology

Subject-Specific Journal Article Databases

American Theological Library Association (ATLA) - the premier index of articles, reviews, and essays in all fields of religion and theology

PubMed - more than 30 million citations and abstracts for biomedical and life sciences literature; It does not include full text journal articles

PsycInfo - journal articles, chapters, books, dissertations and reports on psychology and related fields

Anthropology - citations to articles and essays in anthropology and archaeology, from works published in English and other European languages, 19th century to present

SocINDEX - scholarly journals, plus extensive indexing for books/monographs, conference papers, and other non-periodical content sources. Provides comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.

Multidisciplinary databases

JSTOR - multidisciplinary, a lot of full text articles, but subject headings are too broad

Academic Search Complete (1975-present) - multidisciplinary; subject headings may or may not be LCSH; also made by EBSCO, so overlaps with America: History & Life

JSTOR v. Academic Search Complete

Google Scholar - articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. While Google Scholar itself is free on the web, many of the citations it references are not.

Primo - is a "discovery tool" that searches WUSTL's library catalog as well as a number of newspaper and journal databases at one time, but it doesn't retrieve all of their content nor does it search all databases

Google Scholar v. Primo

Project MUSE - a comprehensive collection of peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journals from leading university presses, not-for-profit publishers and prestigious scholarly societies.

Scopus - The world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Contains over 46 million records, 70% with abstracts, and also includes over 4.6 million conference papers.

Popular Periodicals


Historical American Newspapers (ProQuest) - covers major U.S. urban newspapers; may not be up-to-date for all papers

search by name of paper

search by city/region of paper


MAS Ultra (1975 - ) - full text for more than 700 popular magazines