Olin C. Bailey Library

Scientific Journeys

Reference Sources | Library Research Databases | Internet Sites | Books 

Reference Sources in Bailey Library

Dictionary of the History of Science. Edited by W.F. Bynum, E.J. Browne, and Roy Porter. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981.  Ref 509 D561b

Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Edited by Helaine Selin. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1997.  Ref 509 En19s

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005.  Ref 903 N42h

The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History. Edited by Michael Allaby and David Attenborough. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.  Ref 508.03 Ox2a

Science and Its Times: Understanding the Significance of Scientific Discovery. Edited by Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer. Detroit: Gale, 2000.  Ref 509 Sci27s

Library Research Databases to Locate Periodical Articles

A complete listing of Bailey Library’s databases is available from Bailey Library’s home page.  The selected databases below will be particularly useful when researching topics relating to the “Islamic Journey.”

Academic Search Premier (1975-present)

A multidisciplinary database containing full text articles and abstracts of articles from over 8,000 journals and magazines, about half of which are peer-reviewed. Full text is provided for nearly 4,700 publications.


Online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Includes articles, multimedia, videos, and Internet links. Research tools include:

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary & Thesaurus
Notable Quotations
Gateway to the Classics
World Atlas & Data
Year in Review

Oxford Reference Online (current)

Oxford Reference Online contains over 150 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including key titles from the Oxford Companions Series and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of reference books.

Readers' Guide Full Text (1983-present)

Readers' Guide indexes and abstracts the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada. Full text begins in January 1994 for most titles. Readers' Guide is a good place to start if you have a general, news-related topic.

ACS Web Editions (1989-present)

ACS Web Editions provides access to the full text of select journals published by the American Chemical Society. You can either access a specific article if you have the citation, or else you can perform a search in one or more journals. Click on one of the journal titles to begin searching.

AGRICOLA (1970s-present)

Contains citations to agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library. Subjects covered include animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, farming, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences. AGRICOLA contains no full text, so be sure to check our Journals List to see if we have the journal.

BIOSIS (1992-1999)

BIOSIS, or Biological Abstracts, is a database composed of abstracts and citations from over 6,000 life sciences research journals worldwide. This database covers materials from 1992 to the current date, and is considered the most complete research tool in the life sciences. There is no full text available, so be sure to check our Journals List to see which journals we have. BIOSIS is a CD-ROM, and can only be used in the library. Use BIOSIS Previews (below) to update your searches.

BIOSIS Previews (2000-present)

BIOSIS Previews is the largest collection of biological sciences records in the world. Source publications for BIOSIS Previews include nearly 6,000 titles on vital biological research, medical research findings, and discoveries of new organisms in such traditional areas of biology as botany, zoology, microbiology, biomedical, agriculture, pharmacology, and ecology. There is no full text available, so be sure to check our Journals List to see which journals we have. Use the CD-ROM, BIOSIS (above), to search for materials from 1992-1999.

General Science Full Text (1984-present)

The General Science database contains citations from English-language periodicals published in the United States and Great Britain, plus full text beginning in 1995. The coverage includes popular science magazines as well as professional journals.


JSTOR contains the full text of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR does not index the most current issues.You can search the following subject areas: African American studies, African studies, anthropology, archeology, Asian studies, botany & plant sciences, classical studies, ecology & evolutionary biology, economics, education, finance, folklore, geography, history, language & literature, Latin American studies, mathematics, Middle East studies, philosophy, political science, population studies, Slavic studies, sociology, and statistics.

LexisNexis Academic (1970s-present)

LexisNexis Academic is a full text information service containing almost one billion documents. This database covers the following areas:

  • News: from newspapers, news wires, & transcripts such as the New York Times, Washington Post, AP, & NPR
  • Business: company news & financial information
  • Legal Research: federal, state, & international legal materials
  • Medical: full text & abstracted medical & health information 
  • Reference: state & country profiles, business reference, & biographical information


For those articles not in Bailey, check UCA's catalog, BearCat.  Do a title search on your journal name.  For articles not at Bailey or UCA, it is possible to order the article via Bailey’s interlibrary loan service.

Recommended Internet Sites

American Museum of Natural History. Darwin Exhibit

Not only is this site really cool, it also contains an amazing amount of quality information about Darwin and Darwinism.

Boston Museum of Science

SEE “Topics” or search for a subject such as “Darwin.”

Darwin Online

The largest collection of writings by and about Darwin ever published.

The Darwin Page 

Includes Darwin bibliography, chronology of Darwin’s life, Darwin’s friends and colleagues, evolution before the Origin, chronology, outline, and comprehensive index for the Origin,  and much more including the Scopes monkey trial, the continuing debate of creationism, and links to the Darwin Awards (for a laugh).

Journeys Library Collection: Books Relating to Scientific Journeys 

Bailey Library Catalog 
            To locate books in the Bailey Library collection, search by subject, author, title, or keyword.

WorldCat (1200-present)
            Catalog to books in libraries worldwide.


Bowler, Peter J. 1991. Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell.  575.1062 D259b

Darwin, Charles. 1977. The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 575.008 D259c, vol. 1 & 2

Darwin, Charles. 1981. The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. 575.0162 D259de

Dimensions of Darwinism: Themes and Counter themes in Twentieth-Century Evolutionary Theory. 1983. London: Cambridge University Press. 575.0162 D592g

Jones, Steve. 1999. Darwin’s ghost: The origin of species updated. New York: Random House. 576.82 J725d

Lindberg, David C. The beginnings of Western science: the European scientific tradition in philosophical, religious, and institutional context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450. 1992. Chicago: University of Chicago.

Mayr, Ernst. 1991. One Long Argument: Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 575 M455o

Reeves, Eileen. 1997. Painting the heavens: Art and science in the age of Galileo. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. 758.952 R259p

Ruse, Michael. 1999. The Darwinian Revolution: Science Red in Tooth and Claw. Chicago: University of Chicago.  576.82 R894d2

Ruse, Michael. 2000. The evolution wars: A guide to the debates. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. 576.809 R894e

Sanitt, Nigel. 1996. Science as a Questioning Process. Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Publishing.  [See Chapter 9: “Darwinian Evolution.”]  501 Sa58s

Last Modified 3/31/2009
By Amanda Moore