Before you start writing your paper, you need to know more general information about your topic. Books, encyclopedias, and general websites can be great for this type of background research.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Use these reference sources when you're just starting out and not sure which area of your topic you would like to explore.
- CRC concise encyclopedia of mathematics
QA5 .W45 2003 OVERSIZE
- A concise dictionary of mathematics
QA5 .C53 1990 5th Floor Stacks
Books will provide you with an in-depth information on a topic. Search the CSUSM Library Catalog to find books relating to your research.
- Quick Tip: Just because you check out a book on your topic, that doesn't mean that you need to read the entire thing! Read the chapter(s) relevant to your research and take note of any journal references that may help.
Often the best place to start your background research is on the open web. Use the following sites to gain general knowledge on your topic and learn the best words to use when you are ready to search the mathematical literature:
Important Note! Although these websites are great resources to learn more about your topic, never quote/cite info contained in them. These sources are places to get started in your research, but you shouldn't stop here.
Last Update: February 24, 2013 04:46