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History of Mathematics - MATH 3640 and 5640 - Joel Haack - Suzanne Riehl

Guide to locating writings on the history of math in books and journals.

OneSearch (Rod Library Catalog)

     Rod Library, Unviversity of Northern Iowa

OneSearch Options

  • Keyword search = finds items by, about, and mentioning your mathematician in the item description (or entire source in some cases).

  • Author/Creator search = finds items by/about your mathematician. Can use official name versions as described in Subject search below.

  • Subject search = finds items officially described (tagged) by a librarian as being about your mathematician. Uses 1 official version of each person's name, which often includes birth & death dates to differentiate them from anyone else with the same name. Can add additional information to narrow results. (ex. Blaise Pascal 1623-1662 -- Letters).

Online Encyclopedias

Search Tips

For a OneSearch keyword search, order of the mathematician's name doesn't matter. Order only matters if you do an exact phrase search using quotation marks.

Consider variant spellings of your mathematician's name. And note that library systems and U.S. keyboards don't always know how to use accent marks, so leave them out.

In the Books/Media catalog basic search, you can limit by Language in the left sidebar after you see results. You can limit before you search using the Advanced Search.

For reserve items, inquire at the Circulation Desk (main floor near west entrance). For most other items, A-K call numbers are on the 3rd floor and L-Z call numbers are on the 4th floor. Maps are provided on each floor near the main stairway.

Dr. Haack's Recommended Books

Dr. Haack recommends the following books/e-books. To allow everyone in the class access to the print books below, Dr. Haack has put them on reserve at the Rod Library Services Desk (main desk near west entrance) for 3-hour checkout only (or overnight if checked out less than 3 hours prior to library closing).

E-books are available on- and off-campus via the "Find Online" link provided (valid CatID required).

Note that source books as indicated on the syllabus are marked below.

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography



Ebook Central - online books


EBSCO - eBooks Academic Collection

HathiTrust (pre-1923)

Hathi Trust Digital Library - Online Books published before 1923

Google Books