ENGR 392 - Impact of Technology on Society
Here are a few resources to help ENGR 392 students find information on the history of technological innovations. For further assistance, please contact the "Ask a Librarian" service.
Encyclopedias provide great background information on a topic. Search the Sofia Discovery tool for encyclopedia* AND a keyword of your choice (eg. transportation*). Note: it is best to use broad terminology when searching for encyclopedias.
Listed below are helpful encyclopedias on the history of technology:
- An Encyclopaedia of the history of technology:
Excellent encyclopedia divided by theme (eg. Power and Engineering, Transport, Communication, etc.), and covering important historical inventions.
- Science & technology firsts:
Short paragraphs covering important inventions.
- Scientific American inventions and discoveries:
Divided by era, covering the antiquity to the 21st century.
Interesting general science & technology encyclopedias:
Books can provide good background information, and in depth analysis of a topic. For example, a subject search in the Sofia Discovery tool for technology history retrieves hundreds of books. Below are some useful titles:
Try general, historical, or sociological databases to find articles on the history or sociology of a technology. For example, a search in Academic Search Complete for transportation* AND histor* AND wheel* finds approximately 100 articles.