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:

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.

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