MAT 401: History of Mathematics

This guide will walk you through the research steps and resources for your MAT 401: History of Mathematics paper.

Getting Started

A research assignment that involves the history of a topic can be tricky! Follow these guidelines to understand your topic and gather good resources.

  • Define your topic and gather background information. What you find here will help you with locating magazine and journal articles.
  • Make a list of keywords and topics from the background information. Use this to locate magazine and journal articles.
    • When creating a list of keywords, remember to look for words that are similar to history like: development, origins, discovery, etc.
  • You may have to think outside the box in terms of where to look for information. Sometimes searching Google first to see how your topic is being talked about in natural language helps.
  • Email citations and articles as you go!



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