Science and technology studies: Recommended starting points

Tools for searching the main disciplinary literatures STS draws on.

Science and technology in society at Virginia Tech

Science and technology studies bring inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to the social dimensions and effects of scientific and technological practices and institutions. Major orientations in STS look at science, technology, and medicine through the lenses of history, philosophy, sociology, and public policy.

In addition, to subject guides in those fields, researchers should also explore social and humanistic content in the resources identified in library's many subject guides for engineering and physical sciences, life sciences, and medicine.  

Go to Virginia Tech Department of Science and Technology in Society

Overview of science and technology studies

Most literature-searching will start here

Social Sciences & History Librarian

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Bruce Pencek
3050 Newman Library (MC 0434)
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office hours (academic year):
Tu 1-3 pm,
Wed 2-4 pm,
and by appointment.
(540) 231-2140

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