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MATH 399: Senior Seminar (HC) Fall 2017

Math 399: Senior Seminar (Miao)

Find Background Information

Part of developing your research question is finding relevant background information in your area of interest. This will help you:

  • Learn basic information and vocabulary about a topic you might not know a lot about yet
  • Determine the current status of research in your area of interest
  • Decide if the topic you're thinking about is the right fit for you

See below for some ways to find relevant background information.

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and Dictionaries


For more, try this:

  • Go to Tripod.
  • Click the "Books and More" tab.
  • Click the Advanced Search link. 
  • Enter math (or a word of your choice) in the top box.
  • Enter encyclopedia or handbook or dictionary in the second box
  • Choose limits (such as location=Haverford or year of publication).
  • See the example search below.

Blogs & News

Many excellent blogs exist and their value depends on what you seek.

Brie Feingold published an essay on the utility of blogs and cited outstanding examples for each purpose in MAA FOCUS. The article and the associated blogroll is an excellent place for finding just the blog you need.

Also try browsing the current periodicals in the science library!