Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016     Views: 125

Wow, what an interesting question!

Here is what I recommend: find out a branch of science that you want o focus on and a country/empire you want to look into. Searching for something specific will be easier than searching broad terms.

Based on my searching, medicine in the Ottoman Empire might be a good topic, but feel free to also explore your own ideas.

If you like my suggestion. go to a database like Historical Abstracts and enter search criteria like:

  • Ottoman Empire AND medicine
  • Ottoman Empire AND plague
  • Ottoman Empire AND disease

*You will have to weed out the articles that deal with the late Ottoman Empire to stay within your timeline.

You will also want to go to the database JSTOR. There you can treat your search a bit more like google- try something like Early Ottoman Empire medicine, Early Ottoman Empire plague, and so on.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact our History Liaison Librarian, Katie Hutchison at or 330.244.4968

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