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Resources for Mathematics and Computer Science

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Mathematics is the logical study of space, number, quantity and their relationships. It includes calculus, geometry, topology, number theory, probability and statistics, and many other subfields. This guide lists some of the most important reference books and databases available through this library. It is not complete; please don't hesitate to ask a librarian for suggestions if these works don't answer your need.

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Indexes and Databases
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • ACM Guide to Computing Literature
    Association for Computing Machinery
    A collection of more than 750,000 citations and abstracts from major publishers in computing. The "advanced search" option is only available to ACM members, but the basic search and browse feature provide search options.
  • General Science Collection
    A collection of over 200 journals covering such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • MathSciNet
    A comprehensive index, with abstracts, to the research literature of mathematics. Corresponds to the print indexes Mathematical Reviews (MR) and Current Mathematical Publications (CMP). Published by the American Mathematical Society.
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
Reference Works
  • Encyclopedias
    • Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences
      Routledge 1994
      Offers lengthy, well-documented articles on the historical basis of mathematics and the cultural production of mathematical understanding.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 21 .C645 1994
      2 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Computers and Computer History
      Fitzroy Dearborn 2001
      Provides entries of people, organizations, and developments in the history of computing, "from the abacus to eBay."
      • Location(s): Ref QA 76.15 .E53 2001
      2 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Computer Science
      Nature 2000 4th edition
      Covers hardware, computer systems, information and data, software, the mathematics of computing, theory of computation, methodologies, applications, and computing in general. An authoritative reference work for the field.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 76.15 .E48 2000
    • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences
      Wiley 1982
      An in-depth exploration of all fields of inquiry in which statistical methods are used. Includes articles on statistical terminology as well as on fields in which statistics are used.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 276.14 .E5 1982
      8 vols.
    • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mathematics
      MIT 1987 2nd edition
      Includes detailed discussions of mathematical concepts and excellent bibliographies. The appendices include tables of formulas and indexes by author, name, and subject.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 5 .I8313 1987
      3 vols.
  • Places to find quick facts
    • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics
      Oxford UP 1996 2nd edition
      Defines terms in pure and applied mathematics as well as statistics, along with theories and concepts such as fractals, game theory, and chaos.
    • Dictionary of Computing
      Oxford UP 1996 4th edition
      Offers over 6,000 definitions relating to computer applications as well as the hardware, software, and telecommunications behind these applications. The dictionary also addresses the concepts and theories of computing and associated fields.
    • Dictionary of Mathematics
      Provides an initial overview of topics in mathematics, from "absolute and relative error" to "zero vector."
      • Location(s): Ref QA5 .D53 1999
    • Dictionary of the Internet
      Oxford UP 2001
      Covers thousands of terms related to the Web, e-commerce, security, and the technical and organizational infrastructure of the Internet.
    • The World of Mathematics: A Small Library of the Literature of Mathematics from A'h-mose the Scribe to Albert Einstein
      Simon and Schuster 1956
      This gem can sometimes provide answers to the most arcane of questions, while conducting a tour through the history and traditions of mathematics. It is dated, so won't cover recent theory, but has excellent background material and is well indexed. Shelved in the stacks.
      • Location(s): QA 3 .N48
      4 vols.
  • Biographical sources
    • Biographical Dictionary of Mathematicians
      Scribner's 1991
      Offers lengthy biographies of mathematicians from earliest times to the 20th century, including discussion of their work in the field. Each entry is followed by a detailed bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 28 .B534 1991
      4 vols.
    • Notable Matematicians from Ancient Times to the Present
      Gale 1998
      Provides biographical sketches of some 300 mathematicians from all time periods, including 50 women. Each biography includes selected writings and recommended readings. A timeline, list of mathematical prizes and their recipients, and a selective bibliography are included.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 28 .N66 1998
    • Women of Mathematics: A Biobibliographical Sourcebook
      Greenwood 1987
      Provides lengthy biographies and discussions of the contributions of women mathematicians with an emphasis on early times. Each biography is followed by a list of works by and about the subject.
      • Location(s): Ref QA 28 .W66 1987
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of mathematics and computer science.
  • HA Statistics--general and census compilations Q Science (general)
  • QA Mathematics
    • 9-10 Mathematical logic
    • 76 Computer science
    • 101-141 Elementary mathematics. Arithmetic
    • 150-271 Algebra, including machine theory, game theory
    • 273-274 Probabilities
    • 276-280 Mathematical statistics
    • 297-299 Numerical analysis
    • 299.8-433 Analysis
    • 440-699 Geometry
    • 611-614 Topology
    • 801-939 Analytical mechanics
  • T Technology
    • TK 5101-6720 Telecommunication
    • TK 7800-8360 Electronics, including computer hardware


Print journals are housed in the periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.
  • ACM Computing Surveys
  • American Mathematical Monthly
  • Annals of Mathematics
  • Bulletin (new series) of the American Mathematical Society
  • Chance
  • College Mathematics Journal
  • Crux Mathematicorum with Mathematical Mayhem
  • Fibonacci Quarterly
  • IBM Systems Journal
  • Journal of Recreational Mathematics
  • Journal of the American Statistical Association
  • Mathematical Gazette
  • Mathematical Intelligencer
  • Mathematical Scientist
  • Mathematical Spectrum
  • Mathematics Magazine
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Notices of the American Mathematical Society
  • Pi ME Journal
  • Quarterly of Applied Mathematics
  • Statistical Science
  • UMAP Journal
  • Computer Science
    • Virtual Computer Library
      From the University of Texas at Austin, a collection of documentation, news sources, journals, online books, and other information particularly geared for campus computing units.
  • Mathematics-General
    • Math on the Web
      A directory maintained by the American Mathematical Society; the selection of sites by topic is particularly useful.
    • MathForum@Drexel
      A project for mathematics communication and education; lots of k12 material for teachers as well as for researchers; includes a Math Forum Library of quality links.
  • Special topics in mathematics
    • Problem Corner
      a collection of math problems from the University of Missouri-Rolla and MathPro Press.
    • MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
      From the School of Mathematics and Statistics at St. Andrews University, Scotland, this Web site provides biographies, historical overviews of topics, the history of mathematics in different cultures, and a "famous curves" page with illustrations, formulas, and other information.
    • Women Mathematicians
      From Agnes Scott College, an extensive collection of biographical information about the contributions of women to the field.
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