Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2015     Views: 8

Here is a list of the women mathematicians, mathematics professors, statisticians, and computer scientists in the library's biography database, Biography Reference Center - http://search.ebscohost.com.library.esc.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&bquery=(((ZV+%26quot%3bcomputer+scientist%26quot%3b))+OR+((ZV+%26quot%3bmathematician%26quot%3b)+OR+(ZV+%26quot%3bmathematics+professor%26quot%3b)))+OR+((ZV+%26quot%3bstatistician%26quot%3b))&cli0=SX2&clv0=Female&type=1&site=brc-live

Here is a chronological list of women mathematicians maintained by Agnes Scott College. Their definition of mathematician is very broad. - http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/chronol.htm

Here is Wikipedia's category for women mathematicians. It is pretty comprehensive.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Women_mathematicians

Once you have chosen the woman mathematician that you want to research, the next step to find scholarly articles and books about her and her work. Biographical reference databases and web sites are not the kinds of things you can cite in a research paper - they are just a way to get started. 

When you are searching for scholarly books and articles, bear in mind that you will be searching for her name, and also for what she did, discovered, invented, innovated, worked on, or developed. For example, Helen G. Grundman and Harshad numbers. A difficulty you may run into is that many mathematicians are noted for their hard work and contributions, but they are not major discoverers or innovators. So, for example, Philippa Fawcett was an important mathematician but no particular mathematical concept or technique is attributed to her. If you want to find a lot of materials for your research (and you do not have time to travel around the world digging primary sources out of math department basements) then you should probably find a widely known mathematician like Hypatia, or who is known for something in particular, like Fariba Fahroo and pseudospectral optimal control theory. 

Here is some information about how to put together your keyword search - http://subjectguides.esc.edu/researchskillstutorial/conceptchart and http://subjectguides.esc.edu/researchskillstutorial/boolean.

As an example, try

("Fariba Fahroo" OR "Fahroo, Fariba") AND "pseudospectral optimal control"

("Helen G. Grundman" OR "Helen Grundman" OR "Grundman, Helen") AND "harshad numbers"

Recommended databases: JSTOR, ScienceDirect, and Google Scholar. 

To get to them all, go to the library web site and click Article Databases. Then either use the search box at the top to search for your database by its name, or scroll down the alphabetical list until you get to the one you want. Most databases have a link in their description to information on how to use them.

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