AAS 195th Meeting, January 2000
Session 123. HAD: Doggett, Copernicus and the Documentation of Astronomy
Oral (including Doggett Prize Lecture), Saturday, January 15, 2000, 10:00-11:30am, Regency V

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[123.01] Bibliographic Resources for the Historian of Astronomy

B. G. Corbin (U. S. Naval Observatory)

Many large library collections now have online bibliographic catalogs on the web. These provide many hidden resources for the historian of astronomy. Special searching techniques will allow the historian to scan bibliographic records of hundreds of entries relating to biographies of astronomers, collected works of astronomers, ancient and medieval astronomy and many other historical subjects. Abstract databases such as the Astrophysics Data System and ARIBIB are also adding much historical bibliographic information. ARIBIB will eventually contain scanned images of the Astronomischer Jahresbericht containing bibliographic entries for all literature of astronomy from 1899 to 1968 and Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstracts from 1969 to present. Commercial services such as UnCover and FirstSearch provide a means of reaching bibliographic entries for journal and book literature in the history of astronomy which were not easily located in the past. A broad overview of these collections and services will be given, and searching techniques for finding ``hidden" bibliographic data will be presented. Web page addresses will be given for all sources covered.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: bgc@sicon.usno.navy.mil

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