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Anatomy of a Citation in May's Bibliography
You can find citations for articles and books that include biographical information on your mathematician in:
May, Kenneth O.(1973) Bibliography and research manual of the history of mathematics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Call Number: Univ. Library Reference Z 6651 .M38 (2nd Floor North) and Marx Library Bookstacks Z 6651 .M38 (this book is currently temporarily shelved at Circulation Desk on the First Floor North; it is on 2 Hour Reserve).
Sample citation for an article in the Biography section of May:
Alimov, N G 1955 Ist M Isl 8, 573-619 (MR17, 1; Z68, 3)
- The underlined name is the name of the mathematician the article is about.
- Alimov, N G is the author of the article
- 1955 is the year this article was published
- Ist M Isl is the abbreviation for the journal the article is in; in this case it's Istoriko-matematicheskie issledovaniya. The list of serials abbreviations and what they stand for starts on page 709.
- The number after Ist M Isl is the volume number of the journal in which the article appears.
- 573-619 are the page numbers where you'll find the article
- MR 17, 1 stands for Mathematical Reviews volume 17, page 1 (for Reviews published after 1958, this number is instead the review number instead of the page number.)
- Z68 stands for Zentralblatt volume 68, page 3
- The words in brackets are keywords May has used to describe what the article is about.
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