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The following guide is an introduction to the Mathematics resources available in the James H. White Library. Use this pathfinder to acquaint yourself with the collection, but be sure to ask the Reference Librarian for additional assistance.
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Reference books are a good place to begin a research project. Encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks provide background information and can also point to other resources. Key titles are listed below.


Facts on File Dictionary of Math

 (REF QA 5.F35 1999)

CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics

(REF QA 5.W45 2003)

Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

(REF QA 11.E665 2001)

Mathematical Methods for Scientist and Engineers

(REF QA 37.3.M36 2003)

Mathematics Encyclopedia

(REF QA 40.5.M38 2002 v.1 – v.4)

Handbook of Mathematics & Computational Science

(REF QA 40.H38 1998)


Electronic Databases

The best way to find articles is by searching indexes and databases. Using these resources you can search by title, author, or subject to find articles related to your research topic. Descriptions of the electronic databases most appropriate for Mathematics research are provided below.


Academic Search Premier: This collection offers information in many areas of academic study, such as social sciences, humanities, education, and computer sciences. Academic Search™ Premier is a vast collection of the most valuable peer-reviewed full text journals, offering critical information from many sources unique to this database.



EBSCOhost Electronic Journal Service (EJS): EJS Enhanced serves as a consolidated gateway that allows users to search and link to (OpenURL supported) more than 11,000 journals and 5.1 million articles.


Books from the Circulating Collection

Mathematics books from our circulating collection are shelved on the second floor. The table below highlights some major topics and areas of research.



Call Number range


QA1- QA43


QA47 - QA59

Elementary Mathematics. Arithmetic

QA101 – QA145


QA150 – QA272.5

Probabilities. Mathematical Statistics

QA273 – QA280


QA299.6 – QA433

Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology

QA440 – QA699

Analytic mechanics

QA801 – QA939


Use the library’s card catalog, available at, to search more systematically for books on particular topics.



The best way to keep current with a discipline is to read journal literature. White Library subscribes to a wide range of titles in the field of Mathematics. Here are a few of those titles.

Print Journal Titles

1.      American Journal of Mathematics

2.      American Mathematical Monthly

3.      Mathematics and Computer Education

4.   Mathematics Teacher


Internet Resources

History of Mathematics: History of Mathematics," sponsored by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, includes biographies of more than 1000 mathematicians, as well as selected pages from various well-known works. A search engine is available.


MathArchives: the National Science Foundation sponsors Mathematics Archive. Its mission is to provide "organized Internet access to a wide variety of mathematical resources" with an emphasis on teaching materials. This site is searchable. "The primary emphasis is on materials which are used in the teaching of mathematics. Currently the Archives is particularly strong in its collection of educational software. Other areas, ranging from laboratory notebooks and problem sets to lecture notes and reports on innovative methods, are growing."


Mathematical Sciences Digital Library: the Mathematical Association of America, with funding from the National Science Foundation, and hosted by Drexel University’s Math Forum, sponsors this site. The site offers online resources for college math students and teachers. A link to the Journal of Online Mathematics and Its Applications (JOMA) is available, as well as a listing of commercial products such as textbooks and software, and Digital Classroom Resources.

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