Shatford Library

Shatford Library


1. Library Catalog - Find Books, Reference Books and other library material

The Library Catalog is a database of books and other resources located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the Library Catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use the Subject tab and type the person’s name (last name, first). 
To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject Headings:

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Differential equations
  • Geometry

Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also):

  • Algebra Problems, exercises, etc.
  • Functions
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Study and teaching

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select from the drop down menu title browse, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the')

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, then first name, e.g. 'Sullivan, Michael'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.    You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

Search for: trigonometry [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere] AND Search for: test testing assessment [any of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: mathematics math algebra [any of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: study skills [as a phrase], Search in: [Subject]

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as Mathematics. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Specialized Dictionaries

  • Dictionary of Mathematics  REF 510.3 D 2
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Mathematics  REF 510.3 M 2
  • The Universal Book of Mathematics REF 510.3 D 3

Specialized Encyclopedias and Handbooks

  • CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics  REF 510.3 W 1
  • CRC Handbook of Tables for Probability and Statistics  REF 519 B 1
  • CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae   REF 510.8 C 3
  • Encylopedic Dictionary of Mathematics  REF 510.3 E 1 (4 vols.)
  • Facts on File Geometry Handbook  REF 516.003 G 1
  • Handbook of Mathematical Tables and Formulas  REF 510.8 B 3
  • History of Modern Science and Mathematics  REF 509 H 12 (4 vols.)
  • Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists REF 925 N 2 (4 vols.) Use the field of specialization index in the back of volume 4 to identify mathematicians.
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look under "Find Articles" for Browse Databases by Name | by Subject (

  • Proquest Search this database of periodical articles, to find magazines, scholarly journals and other types of articles. As with the catalog, search under a variety of terms. Use specific words to narrow your search. To search for a specific phrase use quotation marks (examples: "secondary school students", "children's mathematics puzzles", "quality of education".
  • Science Full Text Select Full text science database of over 300 journals in a broad range of science (and math) topics. Use Advanced Search or click Browse to search by subject.
  • Learning Express Library Practice tests and tutorials designed to help you succeed on academic or licensing tests.
  • To browse or search to see if the Library has a subscription to a particular magazine, newspaper, or journal title use the Periodical Title List
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

ipl2 (Math section)
Subject directory which provides Web site summaries and subject access to the Web.

Math on the Web
A directory of mathematics resources from the American Mathematical Society. The selection of sites by topic is particularly useful.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
An extensive collection of biographical information about the contributions of women to mathematics. The site can be searched or browsed alphabetically or chronologically. Profiles are compiled by students and faculty at Agnes Scott College.

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
Provides biographies, historical overviews of topics, the history of mathematics in different cultures, and a "famous curves" page with illustrations, formulas, and other information. Maintained by staff at the St. Andrews University (Scotland) School of Mathematics and Statistics.

The Geometry Center
The Geometry Center is a mathematics research and education center at the University of Minnesota. The site includes geometry formulas and facts, a graphics archive, and links to other geometry sites.

The Math Forum @ Drexel
Provides links to math resources by subject (K-12, college and advanced math), math education, and "ask Dr. Math", a resource for frequently asked/classic math problems.

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last updated: 07/08/2011 by P. Johnson revision #3