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MATH 301: Introduction to the History of Mathematics (Misiewicz): 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
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 Q141 .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

Available online through the 

Classic Catalog or “Search 


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 Q175.46 S35 2000

The Universal Book of Mathematics REF QA 5 D27 2004

  *These titles are also available in online format.

Selected Subject Headings (for use in the Library Catalog, "Search Everything" and WorldCat)

African American Mathematicians

Mathematics early works to 1800
 Algebra Mathematics East Asia
Aristotle Mathematics Egyptian 
Calculus Mathematics Greek
Euclid Mathematics history
Geometry Mathematics history sources
Logic symbolic and mathematical Mathematics India 
Mathematics Babylonian Minorities in mathematics
Mathematics Chinese Pythagorean Theorem
Mathematics German Trigonometry

Finding Scholarly Books

Library Catalog

Use the Library Catalog to search for books in Milne Library.

“Search Everthing”

The Search Everything tool searches across the library's catalog and many of its databases in a single search. 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 box or boxes.


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. 

Finding an Article in a Particular Periodical Title: 

  • Use the Journals tab on the top of the library home page. 
  • Enter the title of the journal or magazine, for example, Quarterly Journal of Mathematics, in the search box. 
  • Look for the journal title in the results list.
  • Click on an appropriate database. 
  • Link to the correct issue of the periodical (note the year, issue and volume number of the article).
  • If an electronic text is available, click on the link provided.  If the library subscribes to the periodical in print or microform, click on the specific library holdings and locate the title in the library.

Revised: February 8, 2018