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This is a brief guide to finding information in the field of mathematics.
Last Updated: May 31, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This brief guide provides basic information on getting started with library research in the field of mathematics. 

  • The Find Books and Media tab provides a short description of the library's catalog CONSULS followed by a short list of representative subject headings that can be used to search for books, DVDs, and other materials about math topics.  Please note you cannot look up articles in CONSULS.
  • The Find Articles tab provides an introduction to MathSciNet, which is the most important database for identifying articles and other materials about mathematical topics. This tab also has a list of math journals available at the library.
  • The Reference tab provides a list of print reference books about math that can be found on the library's main floor in the Reference section.  Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, statistical compilations, and other sources intended to let you look up facts or obtain quick background information. 
  • The Websites tab provides a brief list of websites that are maintained by various math organizations and associations.  
  • The Cite Your Sources tab provides a link to helpful information about avoiding plagiarism.

Please note that this guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather as a quick start for research help. The reference staff is always pleased to assist in the use of any of the library's resources and services and can help you with assignments and term papers.

Note: The majority of content included in this guide was developed by Sandra Brooks, who was formerly the library's liaison to the Math Department.  However, any errors or broken links are the fault of the present liaison, Carol Abatelli.


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