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MATH 301: Introduction to the History of Mathematics

Gathering Background Information

Gathering background information on your topic is a great way to start any research assignment.  By looking through encyclopedias, handbooks, and other reference materials, you can usually find the following information very quickly:

  • Brief overview of your topic
  • Key concepts, people, dates, and events
  • Lists of sources for further reading and bibliographies that may lead you to additional sources

You can search for online reference entries following these simple steps:

  1. From the library’s web page, click on the Advanced Search tab
  2. Click on Sign in
  3. Enter your search terms
  4. Click on SEARCH
  5. Scroll down to the area on the screen that says Refine your results (on the left hand side of the screen)
  6. Click on resource type
  7. Limit your search to reference entries by clicking on the box next to these terms
  8. Review your results

Additionally, you can check out the reference databases listed below. 

Reference Databases