Hands-on History: Making and Knowing in Early Modern Europe: Databases for Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources

These databases are good for secondary scholarship on recipes, historical culinary and medical practices, and context on Bnf Fr 640 and other manuscripts/books of secrets.

CAMEO: Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online

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CAMEO is a searchable information resource developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The MATERIALS database contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.

Please enter your search term in the box on the upper right. Press the Go button for an exact match to an English material name. Press the Search button for a full text search of the records including all non-English (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, etc.) synonyms in the MATERIALS database.

CAMEO has recently undergone a major transformation to a wiki based platform. As is inherent in wikis, some databases and pages contained within CAMEO are 'works in progress'. Pages, data, and information will be added and updated on a continuing basis.

IsisCB Explore

IsisCB Explore is a research tool for the history of science, whose core dataset comes from bibliographical citations in the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science. The IsisCB currently contains 40 years of citation data from 1974 to 2014.

The dataset is composed of two main types of records:

  • Citations, items from the bibliography that have been classified and indexed, and
  • Authorities, records that include both subject terms that classify citations as well as authors, publishers, and journals that have written and published those works.

IsisCB Explore blends a professionally curated database with social media tools, so that the community can play a more active role in building a tool that will cater to its needs.

User participation is encouraged. Please sign-in and provide comments to entries where you see errors and add further information where relevant. Suggest hyperlinks and other material that will be useful for fellow scholars.