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MA 1500 Mathematics and the Humanities

This guide presents research resources and strategies for Professor Hager's MA 1500 course research project.

Assignment

ASSIGNMENT

General Resources

Presentations

EXAMPLE PRESENTATIONS

Good Presentation

The Prisoner's Dilemma


Bad Presentation

The Life And Death Of Mathematician John Nash

Search Terms

What Search Terms to Use

Don’t search only using the name of your mathematician.

Use Wikipedia, MacTutor, or The Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography to find out what interesting or significant math they did, then search for: 

NAME + INFO ABOUT THE MATH

For example: JOHN NASH was known for advances in CRYPTOGRAPHY and GAME THEORY, specifically NASH EQUILIBRIUM, and for solving HILBERT'S NINETEENTH PROBLEM.

Good searches might be:

  • Nash and cryptography
  • Nash and game theory
  • Nash equilibrium
  • Hilbert’s nineteenth problem

Library Catalog Searching

Choose "BOOKS" to find books and eBooks on a specific topic.

Use the book's index and table of contents to find your topic within the book.

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Google Searching

Google Web Search

Yes, it’s ok to use Google.  Try these advanced techniques:

  • add site:.edu or site:.gov into the search box to get only academic or government results
  • do a google news search to find out how the math is being applied right now

Cite Your Sources

CITE YOUR SOURCES

Choose a citation style below and click "GO" to find a guide on how to cite sources. 

CITATION MANAGERS

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