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FTS 100: Forecasting via Mathematical Models

Fall 2008
Finding Information

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at mtwait@gac.edu or x7563.




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Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of Mathematical Sciences
    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
  • Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Includes 700 long articles on topics and themes in the field as well as hundreds of shorter articles that define terms and profide profiles of people and institutions.
    • Location(s): Ref QB 14 .E534 2001, 4 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of the Solar System
    Provides a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system, historical discoveries, and details about planetary bodies and how they interact.
    • Location(s): Ref QB 501 .E53 2007
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
    Covers topics in the sciences in detail, giving technical discussions fully illustrated with charts, diagrams, and photographs.
    • Location(s): Ref Q 121 .M3 2007, 20 vols.
Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.

See also: Library of Congress Classification System

  • MnPALS Plus
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://plus.mnpals.net/catalog/GAC

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • MnLink
    http://www.mnlinkgateway.org/zportal/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchAdvanced

    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • WorldCat
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/autho=100096676/fsip?dbname=WorldCat&done=http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/library/index.html

    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • Academic Search Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    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.
  • APS Journals
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://publish.aps.org

    Search and browse journals published by the American Physical Society.
  • JSTOR
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/search/AdvancedSearch

    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
  • MathSciNet
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.ams.org/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.
  • PROLA (Physical Review Online Archive)
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://prola.aps.org/

    The American Physical Society's online archive for Physical Review (1893 - 1969), Physical Review Letters (1958 - 4 years ago), Reviews of Modern Physics (1929 - 4 years ago), Physical Review A - D (1970 - 4 years ago), and Physical Review E (1993 - 4 years ago).
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Citing Your Sources
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/Documentation.html

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Reference Desk
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/reference_question.html

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00
Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at mtwait@gustavus.edu or call x7563.

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