Monday, October 15, 2007

New history of the health sciences database

Patrons of the OHSU Library now have another resource to which they can turn for information about the history of the health sciences: the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine database is now available through OCLC's WorldCat/FirstSearch.

The HistSciTechMed database, as OCLC calls it for short, indexes 9,500 journals by "integrat[ing] four bibliographies to create the definitive international database for the history of science, technology, and medicine." The 280,000+ records go as far back as 1975, and new records are being added every three months.

Of course, by "medicine," OCLC really means "health sciences". Looking for information about blue baby syndrome and its impact on the history of pediatric nursing? You'll find articles here. Want to know more about G.V. Black's contributions to the science of dentistry? This database will get you started. Need to research the history of cardiac catheterization for a paper? Curious about the development of the role of physician assistants in other countries? Look no further--or, look further, but look here for a start.

To search the HistSciTechMed database, click on the "Databases" tab (between "Home" and "Searching") from the main FirstSearch search page, or use the drop-down menu at the top of the search form to change the selected database from WorldCat to HistSciTechMed.

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