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Science, Technology, & Society (STS)

Use this guide to find information about science, technology, and society and conducting research at the Claremont Colleges Library. Credit: This guide is a mashup of Cynthia Cohen's course guide, Eli Gandour-Rood's (University of Puget Sound) STS guide,

What's a primary source?

Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information.  Scholars analyze primary sources in order to answer research questions. Examples of primary sources vary by discipline.

Examples in the humanities:

  • a novel
  • a painting
  • a theatre performance

Examples in the social sciences:

  • a political, social, or economic theory
  • a dataset
  • the results of an experiment published in a peer-reviewed journal

Example in the sciences:

  • the results of an experiment published in a peer-reviewed journal

STS in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL)

The Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL) provides access to historical and visual resources collections created both by and for The Claremont Colleges community.

Many of the CCDL's collections come from digitizing content from the CCL Special Collections.If you'd like to build a digital collection or create your own digital scholarship, just ask us!

Here is a sampling of STS related CCDL collections:

Campi Phlegraei is a firsthand report from Sir William Hamilton which documents the late eighteenth century eruptions of Mount Vesuvius and are important to the science of volcanologyThe Dr. Walter Lindley Scrapbooks were assembled by Dr. Walter Lindley (1852-1922), early resident of Los Angeles and prominent physician. Covering the period from 1861 to 1921, the scrapbooks are a testament to the impact Lindley had on the development of the city of Los Angeles. news articles on tuberculosis "white plague" clinics, funding of the first free hospital, medical procedures/cures, and nursing schools are some of the topics documented.