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MATH 301: Introduction to the History of Mathematics (Misiewicz)

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:

American National Biography REF CT 213 A68
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
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

Historical Encyclopedia of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Available online through the Classic Catalog or “Search Everything” 

Finding Books

EDS searches across the library's catalog and many of its databases in a single search. This is the default search box (Search Everything) on the library home page.  Because the results are so broad, learn to refine your results by using the toggle boxes on the left of the results screen.

To narrow a search to books only, go to Location and check the appropriate boxes.

Classic Catalog

Search for books in the Milne Library Catalog.


Comprehensive database of books, journals, and media owned by libraries world-wide.

Finding Scholarly Journals

Finding a Copy of a Periodical Article

Locating the full text of the article in electronic form:

If there is no PDF or HTML full text with the citation for an article in a database, click on Full Text Finder. If the full text of the article is available in another database, there will usually be a link to that database where the article can be found by linking to the appropriate volume and issue number, or by searching for the article by its specific title. In some databases, the article will appear without additional searching.

If the article is not available, return to the home page of the library and click on Journals. Enter the journal title in the search box, and click on the search icon. Click on Full Text Access to see if an online or print copy of the article is available. Oneonta Local links to information about locally held items. On the record for the journal title, click Is it here? The record will list the years and volumes of the journal held in Milne Library. The record will also indicate whether the issue is in print or microfilm.

Print periodicals are located on compact shelving, and microfilm is available in metal cabinets in the Microfilm Room, both of which are in the Periodicals Room, (SB floor), two floors beneath the main floor of the library.

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 through the link Request item on Interlibrary Loan on the record for the article needed or through the link on the bottom of the homepage of the library website. See a librarian for help.

Revised February 2, 2016