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CO 480 Research: Home

About this guide

This guide is designed to help you find credible and peer reviewed sources for your research paper. If you would like more help, please do not hesitate to contact your librarian! 

Websites: Getting started and finding inspiration

There are a number of websites you can browse to help you select a mathematician, including:

Please know that these are not scholarly sources of information. However, they can provide an indication of how much research relating to an individual is out there. You can also mine their references for material published in books, journals, and conferences.

Remember, the mathematician you select must be born after 1550 (the example mathematician used in this guide, Omar Khayyam, does not meet this criteria).

Encyclopedias: Getting started and finding inspiration

Encyclopedias can provide useful overviews on mathematicians and mathematical concepts. Please note that these are not considered peer reviewed sources because entries are not often reviewed by subject experts. However, they can be used as reliable starting points for selecting a mathematician and finding related references.  

Library catalogue

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Library catalogue: Getting started and finding inspiration

Click on the catalogue's advanced search (see box above). Change the field to 'subject' and type 'mathematicians' into the search box.

The catalogue's advanced search interface

A note about what to 'search for':

  • 'Waterloo library' shows print and electronic items in the Waterloo system.
  • 'Waterloo online resources' shows only electronic items in the Waterloo system.
  • 'Waterloo + Laurier + Guelph' includes Laurier's and Guelph's print collection. You can request items from these libraries and usually receive them in a few days.
  • 'Waterloo + Omni Libraries' includes the print collections from 13 other universities in Ontario. You can request items from these libraries and usually receive them in a week or two.

Your librarian

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Rebecca Hutchinson
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Davis Centre Library
University of Waterloo

519-888-4567 x43214

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