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This guide highlights the top tools for your research in MATH 380W. If you can't find what you need, please contact Crystal Yin at yya192@sfu.ca or Ask a librarian.
Tips for starting out

Browse research guides
It's a good place to start with any subject you are researching. Go to the Math research guide to look at general Math resources. Also, check out the research guide for History and Primary Sources! 
Assignment calculator
A great time management tool to help you break down your assignments into a series of steps. 
Student Learning Commons
Provides consultations for onetoone help with developing your outline, writing your paper, and reading comprehension. They also provide online handouts and selfhelp resources. 
Understanding and avoiding plagiarism
Test your knowledge of what plagiarism is and learn several techniques for avoiding it.
Starting with background info
Beginning your research with an encyclopedia article or biography can help establish the basics of your topic. And each article will have a reference list that can point you to additional sources!
Biographies
 Complete dictionary of scientific biography
 Notable women in mathematics : a biographical dictionary [print]
 American National Biography
 Biographical Memoirs
Bibliographies
 The history of mathematics from antiquity to the present : a selective annotated bibliography [print]
 The history of mathematics from antiquity to the present : a selective annotated bibliography [print]
 Mathematics through history : a resource guide [print]
Encyclopedias
 Historical encyclopedia of natural and mathematical sciences
 Companion encyclopedia of the history and philosophy of the mathematical sciences [print]
 CRC concise encyclopedia of mathematics
Finding books
Search by keyword. Use keyword search with AND to combine your concepts and OR to combine synonyms. math* means you're searching all terms that begin with math (e.g. math, mathematics, mathematician, etc.). d:() means you're searching within the subject field. Try one of the example searches:
 Archimedes AND (mechanics OR hydrostatics)
 Fourier AND d:(history)
 Pascal probability AND d:(history)
 d:(pi) AND histor*
 "sophie germain"
Search by subject heading. Find a a subject heading related to your topic by using Subject Heading Search, or try one of the following searches:
 Mathematics  History
 Mathematics  Egyptian
 Mathematics  Italy  History
 Mathematical analysis  History
 Calculus  History
 Mathematicians  Germany  History  20th Century
Finding journal articles
Think broadly; It's helpful to consider what fields are spanned by your research question, and therefore what databases may contain useful information. In addition to math databases, you may also want to consider searching history, science, or women's studies databases.
Some of these are index databases, which means the fulltext of the article isn't included in the database. You'll notice "Where can I get this?" links that will point you the SFU Library's copy of the article. If this doesn't work, take a look at Finding a known article.
Suggested databases:

MathSciNet
Search for articles about history of mathematics. 
Academic Search Complete
Covers all academic disciplines, including astronomy, physics, math, science and history. 
Historical Abstracts
Covers world history since 1450 except for the United States and Canada.

JSTOR
Covers general science, history, mathematics. An emphasis on arts, humanities and social sciences.
Finding a known article
Try searching for the journal title using the library catalogue.
For example, to find this article:
Davvaz, B. (1999). Lower and upper approximations in Hvgroups. The Mathematica journal. 13, 7186.
 Search for The Mathematica journal in the catalogue.
 You'll see an entry like the one below. Click on the title.
 If you see an "Access Journal" link, this will direct you to the ejournal. Click "Access Journal" on the next page, and then navigate the publisher's website using the Volume or Year of Publication to find your article.
 If it's not an ejournal you'll see an entry like the one below, indicating where you can find it at the library.
If neither of the above works, request the item from another library.
Don't hesitate to use this if the SFU Library does not have an item you need! It generally takes 314 days for an item to arrive (but it's often closer to 3). Feel free to get in touch with Crystal Yin (yya192@sfu.ca) if you need a hand!
Finding other source types
A common error is to restrict your searching to only certain formats (e.g. articles, books) when other source types might be equally useful to your research (e.g. institute reports, university archives).
Check out these websites:

MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
Biographical and historical articles; provided by the University of St. Andrews.

Historical Mathematics Monographs
A digital collection of historical math books; provided by Cornell University.

The Math Forum @ Drexel, History/Biography section
List of historical and biographic resources; provided by Drexel University.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Provided by Agnes Scott College.

Trinity College  The History of Mathematics
A collection of biographies; provided by Trinity College.

Historical Mathematics Collection
A collection of digitized books; provided by the University of Michigan.

The Galileo Project
Biographies of scientists from the 16th and 17th centuries; provided by Rice University.
Citing your sources
To cite your sources using Chicago style, try one of these guides:
Using LaTeX and BibTeX
For support on using LaTeX, check out these guides and handbooks:
 LaTeX beginner's guide
 Guide to LATEX
 More math into LaTeX
 More math into LaTeX [print]
 The LaTeX companion [print]
 "LaTeX/Bibliography Management," a chapter from the LaTeX wikibook