Women in Science
Ready Reference Presentation: Finding Who in Print
Macmillan Profiles: Women in Science, Macmillan Reference
The goal of this resource is to “present an exciting introduction to the life and
times of female scientists from American and world history who have, through
hard work and talent, become the best in their field”
The intended audience: students in middle and high school.
This book would be useful as a starting point for student research, as it includes:
biographical information, scientific contributions, pertinent quotes and a timeline
of women in science from 160 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
Macmillan Profiles: Women in Science, Macmillan Reference USA, 2001.
How to use MacMillan Profiles: Women in Science
This book is located at the Tinley Park
Public Library in the Youth Services
Find the book on the reference shelf.
It’s OK to ask a librarian for help.
(All those yellow stickers on the books
means that you are at the reference
You found it!
This is the book you are looking for.
Once you have it, open up to the Table of
Contents. That’s in the front of the book,
usually about 2-3 pages in.
The table of contents is labeled
at the top of the page.
Names are listed alphabetically. We will be looking
at Ruth Fulton Benedict on page 18 to give you a
sample of the information provided in the text.
As you can see, the
scientist’s name is in
Beneath the name you
can find dates of birth
and death, as well as
the field in which she
There is also a
timeline feature, and
vocabulary words are
included in the
The Index is located at the back of the book.
It is arranged alphabetically, and includes all of
the pages where there is mention of the scientist.
This is another way of locating your person of interest
within the book.
Here we see that Dian Fossey is on pages 110-113,
as well as pages 122 and 135. This tells us that her main
entry is on pages 110-113; this is where you would look to
find the biographical article. The other two pages will have
her name on them, but may not have much other
Time Line and Suggested Readings
This text provides a time line at
the back of the book which
covers from 160 BC to 2000 AD.
There is also a section on
suggested readings to further
The page numbers for these can
be found in the table of
Lastly, there are sidebars that
cover topics from female Nobel
laureates to recipients of the
Elizabeth Blackwell Award. The
sidebars are an opportunity to
expand your understanding of
the subject matter.
Further questions? No problem.
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