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The Library of Congress Classification System, which is the call number system utilized for locating and organizing library resources, breaks Mathematics down into primarily these areas:

  • QA1-939 Mathematics
  • QA1-43 General
  • QA47-59 Tables
  • QA71-90 Instruments and machines
  • QA75-76.95 Calculating machines
  • QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • QA101-(145) Elementary mathematics. Arithmetic
  • QA150-272.5 Algebra
  • QA273-280 Probabilities. Mathematical statistics
  • QA299.6-433 Analysis
  • QA440-699 Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology
  • QA801-939 Analytic mechanics

Look at the Library of Congress Classification System Outline for more information.

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Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of Mathematics. The Encyclopedia of Mathematics wiki is an open access resource designed specifically for the mathematics community. The original articles are from the online Encyclopaedia of Mathematics, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 2002. With more than 8,000 entries, illuminating nearly 50,000 notions in mathematics, the Encyclopaedia of Mathematics was the most up-to-date graduate-level reference work in the field of mathematics.

Wolfram MathWorld. An Extensive mathematics encyclopedia from Wolfram Research, providing approximately 13,000 entries in Mathematics and the site is updated daily.

The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (Credo Reference). Covers from algebra to number theory, statistics to mechanics. It takes in all branches of pure and applied mathematics. (A Dickinson Database)

The Princeton Companion to Mathematics (Credo Reference). This is a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone with a serious interest in mathematics. Introduces basic mathematical tools and vocabulary; traces the development of modern mathematics; explain essential terms and concepts; examines core ideas in major areas of mathematics; describes the achievements of scores of famous mathematicians; explores the impact of mathematics on other disciplines such as biology, finance, and music- and much more. (A Dickinson Database)

CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae (REF QA47 .M315 2003): in library reference stacks;

Dictionary of Mathematics (REF QA5 .D5 1999): in library reference stacks;

The Numbers You Need (REF QA93 .H65 1992): in library reference stacks;

Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences (REF QA21 .645 1994): in library reference stacks;

Encyclopaedia of mathematics : an updated and annotated translation of the Soviet "Mathematical encyclopaedia" (REF QA5 .M3713 1988 v. 1-10) in library reference stacks;

A dictionary of statistical terms (REF HA17 .K4 1990) in library reference stacks;

Encyclopedia of statistical sciences (REF QA276.14 .E5 1982 v. 1-9) in library reference stacks


Library Catalog or JumpStart: Provide access to available collections in Dickinson library. Also allow users to use interlibrary loan service to request collections from other libraries. (Dickinson Catalog & Dickinson Database)

WorldCat: A huge catalog of more than 140 million books and other materials in 71,000 member libraries worldwide. Very useful for discovering books that our library does not own that you can borrow via interlibrary loan (EZ-Borrow or ILLiad). (A Dickinson Database)

Springer eBooks. Over 5,000 ebooks on SpringerLink cover various subjects of Mathematics.

Finding Journals

Locating articles

Basic process for finding articles

If you find an article that looks interesting check to see if there is a link to the pdf or HTMl version of the article by the citation. If not, then click the "Get It!" button to see if we have access to it either electronically or in print.

If you cannot see either a direct link to the article or the "Get It!" button then search the Journal Locator for the title of the journal that it was published in. If you find the journal title here check to see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link.

Requesting articles we do not own

If we have neither print nor electronic access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

You will have to set up account the first time you order an article but once you have done this once you can use this same account each time you want an article.

Once you have an account set up then you can just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log into your account and the request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for your desired article so you only need to submit the request.

(If you do not have a journal citation, but instead have a topic, use one of our databases to locate citations).

Why use journals?

• Journals are often peer-reviewed/scholarly. This means the research in the articles have been double-checked for validity.

Primary research often appears in journal articles. Primary research is the first article or report on a topic whereas secondary research are the articles or reports that talk about that primary article. Always look back to the primary article when using secondary sources as support.

• Journals can contain the most recent information on a topic. In the sciences this can be very important.


If you are looking for quick access to articles, start your research with these:

General Science Full Text: Covers topics from supernovas to marine pollution. A good starting point for researchers seeking information on a variety of scientific topics. Coverage from 1984 to present. Some full texts are available. (A Dickinson Database)

JumpStart: Combines the library's catalog and most of our online databases into a single search. With one interface you can search our library catalog and many (but not all) of our databases simultaneously, or in any number of combinations that you select. Some full texts are available. (A Dickinson Database)

SCIRUS: A comprehensive scientific research tool providing access to over 440 million scientific items indexed. Allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server materials, patents, and institutional repository and website information.

If you are looking for more comprehensive coverage on a topic, use: Open access to more than 700,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. These articles have NOT necessarily been formally published yet, and may not be in their final form. Some full texts are available (A Cornell Open Access Repository).

JSTOR (Math Collections): An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in arts, humanities, and social sciences (71 journal titles in Math including American Journal of Mathematics, The American Mathematical Monthly, Journal of the American Mathematical Society, etc.). Coverage from 1940 to present. Some full texts are available. (A Dickinson Database)

  • Search Tips: Switch to "Advanced Search" JSTOR interface, scroll down to check the "Mathematics" box, allowing the database to search in the area of Mathematics only.

MathSciNet: Covers the world's mathematical literature and literature in computer science, statistics, econometrics, and applications in ares such as physics, engineering, biology, and information systems. Coverage from 1940 to present. Citations only. (A Dickinson Database)

Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science): A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. Coverage from 1965 to present. Citations only. (A Dickinson Database).

ScienceDirect: Collects articles focusing on science, technology and medicine. Coverage from 1850 to present. Some full texts are available (A Dickinson Database).

  • NOTE: ScienceDirect identifies full-text articles with a green icon. To determine if Dickinson has access to non full-text articles, or to request an article via interlibrary loan, click on the article title and then expand the "Bibliographic Information" box in the right-hand column, then click on the "Get It!" link

Zentralblatt MATH: Produced by the Berlin editorial office of FIZ Karlsruhe in cooperation with European academies and mathematical institutes. Provides access to about 3 million bibliographic entries with reviews or abstracts drawn from more than 3,500 journals and 1,100 series from 1868 to present. Citations only.

Other Useful Internet Resources

Professional Organizations:

Mathematical Association of America: The Mathematical Association of America has two meeting each year and publishers three peer-reviewed journals.

American Mathematical Society: This society was founded in 1888 and has over 28,000 members.

American Statistical Association: Founded in 1839, ASA is America's leading organization of statistics and statisticians.

The Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Founded in 1950s, the society was created to explore the role of applied mathematics in science and industry.

Websites Containing Scholarly Publications: arXiv (pronounced "") is a repository for research papers in physics, computer science, mathematics and neuroscience. While many of the papers on the server are high quality, be warned that they are not peer-reviewed.

Virtual Technical Reports Center: A website run by the University of Maryland, it lists institutions that provide full-text reports or searchable abstracts of technical reports online.

Websites Useful for Reference Purposes:

MathWorld: An online resource created by Wolfram Research, creators of Mathematica, it contains entries on numerous different concepts and terms related to mathematics.

The Math Forum: An initiative of Drexel University, the Math Form provides a number of resources. A list of links specifically appropriate for undergraduates is located at:

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive: Created by the University of St. Andrews, this site contains a number of helpful resources including biographical information on mathematicians, time lines, and quotations.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians: This site is created by Agnes Scott College and contains biographical information on numerous female mathematicians.

Links to Websites on the History of Mathematics: A list of links maintained by the British Society for the History of Mathematics.

MathOverflow A collaborative site featuring questions and answers from the mathematics community.

Mathematical Imagery Gallery of images visualizing the connection between mathematics and art.

Mathematical Programming Glossary Contains terms specific to mathematical programming and related disciplines like economics, computer science, and mathematics.

The Probability Web A collection of probability resources on the World Wide Web.


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