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MATH 301 (MATH 3010): Introduction to the History of Mathematics (Knudsen) Fall 2021: Course Guide

Librarian: Michelle Hendley

Finding Reference Books

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 lll:  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.


Selected Subject Headings (for use in the Library Catalog and WorldCat)

African American Mathematicians  Mathematics early works to 1800
Algebra Mathematics East Asia
Aristotle Mathematics Egyptian
Calculus Mathematics Europe Western
Euclid Mathematics Greek
Geometry Mathematics history
Logic symbolic and mathematical Mathematics history sources
Mathematics Ancient Mathematics India
Mathematics Arab Minorities in mathematics
Mathematics Babylonian Pythagorean Theorem
Mathematics Chinese Trigonometry
Mathematics German Women in mathematics

Finding Scholarly Print and Electronic Books in Milne Library and other SUNY Libraries

Library Catalog

Find print books, print journals, most e-books and e-journals are not included.

To search for books in Milne Library, click on the Search tab on the library’s home page. Then select Advanced Search. Then click on Sign in and login using your SUNY Oneonta username and password.  Once signed in, select Library Catalog and change Material Type from All items to Books. Enter search terms and click on SEARCH.

You can limit your search results to Available online (e-books) or Held by Library (print books). 

Finding Scholarly Print Books in other Libraries

WorldCat FirstSearch

Comprehensive database of books, journals, and media owned by libraries in the United States.  Requires a SUNY Oneonta login from off-campus.

To search WorldCat, click on the WorldCat tab and select the link WorldCat FirstSearch.

Finding Scholarly Print Books in other Libraries

WorldCat FirstSearch

Comprehensive database of books, journals, and media owned by libraries in the United States.  Requires a SUNY Oneonta login from off-campus.

To search WorldCat, click on the WorldCat tab and select the link WorldCat FirstSearch.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Mathematics Databases

History Databases

General Databases with Mathematics and History Scholarly Articles

Finding a Copy of a Periodical Article from a Database

Locating the full text of the article in electronic form

Full text articles available directly in databases are indicated by HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text.  Full text articles available with the wording such as Linked Full Text are available in another database.  Clicking on the link will connect either to the full text article or the other database.

Requesting an article on interlibrary loan

If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library, you can request the article using the library’s interlibrary loan service.  See a librarian for help. 

Finding an article in a specific journal

  • Use the Journals tab on the library home page. 
  • Enter the title of the journal or magazine, for example, Critical Sociology, in the search box. 
  • Look for the journal title in the results list.
  • Online journals are available online through the link, Available Online.  If the journal is in print, its availability and location in the library will be indicated.  An example of a journal that is available both online and in print is below:


Current history (New York, N.Y. : 1941)


                                    Available at Milne Library Periodicals Collection, Reading Room, 1st floor (D410 .C82) and other locations

                      Available Online 

  • To obtain an online copy of an article, click on the Available Online link and go to the section, Full text availability, and click on an appropriate database.
  • Link to the correct issue of the periodical (note the year, issue, volume number, and pages numbers of the article).

Print journals and newspapers in our Periodicals Collection are available for 1-day use in the library building.

Citing Sources

MLA Handbook, 8th edition    REF LB 2369 G53 2016

The print style guide is more comprehensive than the web site and will have many more examples. Use the index to find examples. The print copy is available in Milne Library's Reference Collection.   Online guides and tutorials are available on the library’s web site at


Revised: August 25, 2021