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Mathematical Sciences Research Guide: Home

Information resources for Mathematics or Statistics research and study

Start Here \ Best Databases

  • Google Scholar - Scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.
  • MathSciNet - Mathematics and statistics literature produced by the American Mathematical Society
  • Web of Science - Indexes the world's leading peer reviewed literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities and provides searching of cited references from 1900 to the present.

Other Relevant Databases

For an overview of the Cycle of Scientific Communication click here: Scientific Communication.

For an outline of a Comprehensive Science Literature Review click here: Science Literature Review.

For tips on improving database search results click here: Improving Database Search Results.


Suggested databases:

  • ACM Digital Library - Computer science papers and publications.
  • Academic Search Complete - Multidisciplinary, full-text database.
  • - Research papers and preprints in physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, and quantitative biology.
  • Dissertations, ProQuest Digital - International index to doctoral dissertations.
  • Jahrbuch Database - Covers mathematics literature published between 1868-1942 with links to digital collections.
  • Zb (Zentralblatt) Math - The Zb Math Database contains about 3.5 million entries drawn from about 3000 journals and 170,000 books from 1826 (complete from1868 to present) to the present.


Search specialized magazines and journals when looking for articles on your research topic. Some suggested browsing examples are: Journal of the American Mathematical Society; Annals of Mathematics; Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society; SIAM Review.


To Browse Journal Titles click here: Mansfield Library Journals or here Citation Linker.

Browse or search EJournal Packages (note: some allow keyword searching or article fulltext):

For an explanation of Popular vs. Scholarly (magazines versus research journals) click here: Popular vs. Scholarly.

For an explanation of Peer Review click here: Peer Review in 5 minutes.

For an overview of placing article alerts click here: Article Alerts.

To evaluate, compare, and rank journals using citation data click on: Journal Citation Reports or on Scimago.

Book Catalogs

Book catalog resources:

    • Springer Ebooks - Academic ebooks, Fulltext (with pdf), from 2005 - 2015, in Behavioral Science; Biomedical & Life Sciences; Business & Economics; Earth & Environmental Science; Humanities, Social Sciences & Law; Mathematics and Statistics; and Physics & Astronomy.
    • WorldCat - All time periods; Library Union Catalog; Books, Media, Government Documents, etc.
    • Google Book Search - Snippet and full-text views of books as they are scanned by the Google Book Project.
    • Historical Math Monographs - "The Cornell University Library Historical Mathematics Monographs is a collection of selected monographs with expired copyrights chosen from the mathematics field."
    • OneSearch - Mansfield Library collections

Main Dewey Decimal call numbers for browsing Mathematical Sciences materials in the Mansfield Library book stacks: 510-519.

For a more detailed view of Dewey Decimal call numbers click here: Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks

  • Biographical Encyclopedia of Mathematicians (510.922 B6153)
  • Biographies of Women Mathematicians
  • Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics (519.503 E934c)
  • CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics (510.3 W433c)
  • CRC Standard Probability and Statistics: Tables (519.50212 C9119)
  • Encyclopaedia of Mathematics Electronic (510.3 M425E)
  • Encyclopedia of Biostatistics (610.72 E56)
  • Encyclopedia of Mathematics
  • Encyclopedia of Statistical Science (519.503 E56)
  • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences - Update (519.503 E5647)
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mathematics (510.3 N691i.EM)
  • Entropy on the Web
  • Facts on File Dictionary of Mathematics (510.3 F1425)
  • Fibonacci Numbers
  • Handbook of Applied Mathematics (510.202 P361h)
  • History of Mathematics Archive
  • History of Statistics Material
  • Knots on the Web
  • Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times (510.9 K65mt)
  • Notable Mathematicians: from Ancient Times to the Present (510.922 N8992)
  • Notable Women in Mathematics: a Biographical Dictionary (510.922 N899)
  • Planet Math - An online collaborative encyclopedia and virtual community.
  • Prime Pages - Prime Numbers
  • Websters New World Dictionary of Mathematics (510.3 K18c 1989)
  • Wikipedia - An encyclopedia that is written & edited anonymously & collaboratively.
  • The World of Mathematics - 4 vols. (510.82 N553w)

Web Sites - Search Engines

For hints on how to use search engines effectively, take a look at the following: Finding and Evaluating Web Sites.


Some suggested search engines are:

Citation Guides

Here are some resources to help you manage your bibliographies:

Need help?

Barry Brown
Barry Brown

Science Librarian

Head, Access & Collection Services

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