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Reference Books

Encyclopaedia of Mathematics
Ref. QA5 .M3713 1988 
Articles written by experts about almost every topic in mathematics across nine volumes, with further citations.

CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics 
Ref. QA5 .W45 2003 
Contains short articles with references about most topics in mathematics. A great starting place for background research and finding citations. 

Encyclopedia of Applied and Computational Mathematics  
Springer ebook containing definitions, explanations, and citations related to most topics in applied math.

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Sometimes browsing the shelves is helpful.  Some relevant call number ranges are:
QA 1+         General Math  

QA 8.9+      Mathematical Logic 

QA 21+       Math History

QA 75.5+    Computer science

QA 150+     Algebra

QA 276+     Mathematical Statistics

QA 297+     Numerical Analysis

QA 299.6+  Analysis 

QA 440+     Geometry