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MATH 3640 / 5640 - History of Mathematics - Haack & Riehl

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

OneSearch (Rod Library Catalog)

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).

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 Library Services Desk (main floor near east 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 on Reserve

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

Online Encyclopedias

ProQuest - Ebook Central


Ebook Central - online books


EBSCO - eBooks Academic Collection

HathiTrust (pre-1923)

Hathi Trust Digital Library - Online Books published before 1923


Google Books