Encyclopedias, almanacs, and handbooks provide quick, reliable information about a topic. They are excellent starting points for research when you need to find background information, important concepts, names, and dates. These sources often include lists of books and articles for further reading. Examples of titles that may be relevant to this course include:
|The African American National Biography||REF E 185.96 .A4466|
|African Americans in Science||REF Q 141 C2138 2008|
|American Women in Science: 1950 to the Present||REF Q 141 .B254 1988|
|Blacks in Science and Medicine||REF Q 141 B58 1990|
|CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics||REF QA 5 W45 1999|
|Dictionary of the History of Science**||REF Q 125 D45|
|Dictionary of Scientific Biography||REF Q 141 .D5|
|Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures*||REF Q 124.8 E53 2008|
|Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society*||REF QA 10.7 E53 2012|
|Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists||REF Q 124.95 E53 2008|
|Great Lives from History: African Americans*||REF E 185.96 G736 2011|
|Historical Encyclopedia of Natural and Mathematical Sciences*|
|Interviews with the Abel Prize Laureates 2003-2016*|
|Ladies in the Laboratory II: West European Women in Science, 1800-1900*||REF Q 141 .C693 2004|
Ladies in the Laboratory III: South African, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Women in Science: 19th and
Early 20th centuries*
|REF Q141 C6933 2010|
|Ladies in the laboratory? American and British women in science, 1800-1900||REF Q141 C6933 2010|
|Ladies in the laboratory IV: Imperial Russia's women in science, 1800-1900||REF Q141 C6934 2015|
|McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology||REF Q 121 M3 2007|
|New Dictionary of Scientific Biography||REF Q 141 N45 2008|
|Notable Mathematicians||REF QA 28 N66 1998|
|Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||REF DA 28 O95|
|Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia**||REF Q 174.7 P55 2006|
|Princeton Companion to Mathematics*||REF QA 11.2 P745 2008|
|Science and its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery*||REF Q 175.46 S35 2000|
|The Universal Book of Mathematics||REF QA 5 D27 2004|
*These titles are available in online format. Search the title in the Library Catalog for access
**These titles are in the subbasement reference collection. They can be borrowed for 10 days.
|African American Mathematicians||Mathematics early works to 1800|
|Algebra||Mathematics East Asia|
|Calculus||Mathematics Europe Western|
|Logic symbolic and mathematical||Mathematics history sources|
|Mathematics Ancient||Mathematics India|
|Mathematics Arab||Minorities in mathematics|
|Mathematics Babylonian||Pythagorean Theorem|
|Mathematics German||Women in mathematics|
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MLA Handbook, 8th edition REF LB 2369 G53 2016
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