James H. Thomason Library

Reference Sources

    Dictionaries, Tables, Conversions, Quotations
Locating Books
    PASCAL Catalog
Locating Articles
    Article Databases
    Journal Finder
    Key Journals
Web Sites
  General Sites
  Mathematics Associations

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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries & other reference   back to top

AccessScience, McGraw Hill Publishers, 2007.
Searchable database delivering the latest content of the trusted McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 9th Edition, and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th Edition. 8,000 articles written by the leading figures in their fields-including 30 Nobel Prize winners-edited and illustrated with the non-specialist in mind. Find late breaking news biographies of famous scientists, a Student Center, and much more-all brought to life by 13,000 high-quality illustrations. Whether you're looking for an article explaining the structure of an atom or need to understand the latest Nobel Prize-winning research, you'll find it here.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2005.
Guides general readers and students alike through the often bewildering maze of equations and theorems encountered within the mathematical universe. Covering everything in the field, from pure and applied mathematics to statistics, it also covers areas of more general interest, such as fractals, game theory, and chaos. The third edition has been brought right up-to-date with terms used in first-year university courses, such as Lorenz attractor and Liouville numbers; computing entries have also been expanded, along with biographies of prominent mathematicians, including Nobel Prizewinners and Fields' medalists.

Dictionary of Statistics [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.
Covers a broad range of statistical vocabulary in jargon-free language. It includes terms used in computing, mathematics, operational research, and probability, as well as biographical information on over 200 key figures in the field, and coverage of statistical journals and societies.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mathematics, MIT Press, 1987.
Main Level, Reference: R 510.321 En19E [4 vols]

Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics [SAGE eReference], SAGE Publishing, 2006.
An A-Z overview of the most important topics in the areas of measurement and statistics.

The Facts on File Dictionary of Mathematics, Facts on File, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 510.3 F119F

CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae, CRC Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 510 C859C

  Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics Bookcover

CREDO Reference Conversions Page [CREDO Reference]
Area, distance, energy, fuel consumption, power, speed, temperature, volume, and weight conversions from US to metric or metric to US.

New ! National Digital Library of Mathematics Functions [National Institute of Standards & Technology]
A digital update to the 1964 classic, Handbook of Mathematical Functions, the original being the world’s foremost math handbook for scholars, researchers, and engineers and the most-cited of all NIST’s publications. Watch the 2:58 video.

"Out of the Mouths of Mathematicians": A Quotation Book for Philomaths, Mathematical Association of America, 1993.
Main Level, Reference: R 510 Sch43O


Biography   back to top

Access Science [McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology], McGraw Hill, 2007.
Choose Biographies tab, Biographies by Subject tab, pull down box to Mathematics for an alphabetical list of mathematicians.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians [Agnes Scott College]
Access bios by alphabetical or chronological lists.

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson Gale]
Go to "Biographical Facts Search-Occupation" and choose "Mathematician" to call up A-Z list.

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Scribner, 1980.
Main Level, Reference: R 509.22 D561D [16 vols]

Math & Mathematicians: The History of Math Discoveries Around the World, U·X·L, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 510.922 B836M [2 vols]

Mathematical People: Profiles and Interviews, Birkhauser, 1985.
Main Level, Reference: R 510.922 M42M

Notable Mathematicians: From Ancient Times to the Present, Gale, 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 510.922 N843N

Women of Mathematics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook, Greenwood Press, 1987.
Main Level, Reference: R 510.922 W842W


Locating Books   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Carroll, Lewis [as AUTHOR]

  Carroll, Lewis [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to mathematics:
Algebra Geometry
Calculus Mathematics
  Equations Number Theory
  • Materials relevant to the study of mathematics may also be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
algorithm AND analysis

· Use OR between synonyms to expand your search and
group those terms with parentheses:
(theorem OR axiom) AND Fermat

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
theor* = theory, theories, theorem, theorems, theorize


Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other

library catalogs & library databases


PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.


WorldCat   back to top

A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.


Interlibrary Loan

You need to use Interlibrary Loan when...

  • an ARTICLE you need is not available at PC [you've checked the journal title in Journal Finder for date coverage for the journal]

Interlibrary Loan is another option available to PC students, faculty and staff. Click link for form/instructions.

Locating Articles    
Article Databases back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC e-mail account username [i.e. tinman] and password. Search databases using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Premier [EBSCOhost]
A large collection of active full text peer-reviewed journals, Academic Search Premier contains indexing for 8,172 publications, with full text for nearly 4,700 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic Search Premier contains unmatched full text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology, etc. 

Academic OneFile [Thomson Gale]
Journal database covering a wide range of disciplines, including sciences. Includes indexing with abstracts, full-text articles and linked full-text articles.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

Science Direct
Full-text of many scientific, technical and medical journals in mathematics, civil engineering, computer science, and physics, as well as the life sciences, medicine, and chemistry. 

Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.



Key Journals   back to top


American Journal of Mathematics [Johns Hopkins University Press]
The oldest mathematics journal in the Western Hemisphere in continuous publication, this journal ranks as one of the most respected and celebrated journals in its field, publishing articles of broad appeal covering the major areas of contemporary mathematics.

American Mathematical Monthly [Mathematical Association of America]
Publishes articles, as well as notes and other features, about mathematics and the profession for professional mathematicians as well as students.

Annals of Mathematics [Department of Mathematics, Princeton University]
A distinguished journal of research papers in pure mathematics and published bimonthly with the cooperation of Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. It is widely regarded as one of the main mathematics journals in the world.

The College Mathematics Journal [Mathematical Association of America]
Emphasizes the first two years of the college curriculum. The journal contains a wealth of material for teachers and students. A wide range of topics will keep you current, stimulated, and entertained.

Crux Mathematicorum with Mathematical Mayhem [Canadian Mathematical Society]
A problem solving journal at the secondary and university undergraduate levels, published eight times per year. Its aim is primarily educational --provides short articles, problem sets, and solutions; it is not a research journal.

Fibonacci Quarterly [Fibonacci Association] print access only
Serves as a focal point for interest in Fibonacci numbers and related questions, especially with respect to new results, research proposals, challenging problems, and innovative proofs of old ideas.

Journal of the American Mathematical Society [American Mathematical Society]
Published quarterly, this journal contains research articles of the highest quality in all areas of pure and applied mathematics.

London Mathematical Society Publications
Online holdings for the Bulletin, Journal, and Proceedings of the LMS

Math Horizons [Mathematical Association of America] print access only
Quarterly publication of the MAA

Mathematical Intelligencer [Springer]
Articles about mathematics, mathematicians and about the history and culture of mathematics written to inform and entertain a broad audience of mathematicians.

Mathematics Magazine [Mathematical Association of America]
Published five times per year, this publication includes articles and notes on undergraduate mathematical topics in a lively expository style that appeals to faculty and students throughout the undergraduate years.

Mathematics Teacher [National Council of Teachers of Mathematics] print access only
Eight issues per year, includes activities, lesson ideas, teaching strategies, and problems through in-depth articles, departments, and features. Great resources for secondary teachers, preservice teachers, and teacher educators.

Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society [American Mathematical Society]
A monthly journal devoted entirely to research in pure and applied mathematics, principally publishing original papers of moderate length. A section called Shorter Notes was established to publish very short papers of unusually elegant and polished character for which there is normally no other outlet.

Quarterly Journal of Mathematics [Oxford Journals]
Publishes original contributions to pure mathematics. Areas such as algebra, differential geometry, and global analysis receive particular emphasis; however, the journal avoids specialization.

Web Sites    
General Sites   back to top

A Catalog of Mathematics Resources on the WWW and the Internet
[M. Maheswaran, Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin]
An extensive categorized portal of mathematical resources on the web including General Mathematics (both US and worldwide), Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Teaching Math, Statistics, Discussion Groups, Newsgroups, software, books, journals, art/graphics, and college math.

The Electronic Library of Math [Electronic Publishing Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EPC-EMS)]
Contains online journals, article collections, monographs, and other electronic resources in the field of mathematics. All material is in electronic form and access is generally free, except for some periodicals with a "moving wall", i.e., a certain delay period after which resources become freely available.

A searchable database of equations, constants, symbols & units.

Wolfram MathWorld [Eric Weisstein]
A comprehensive and interactive mathematics encyclopedia intended for students, educators, math enthusiasts, and researchers.

Mathematical Functions  [Wolfram Research]
The world's most encyclopedic collection of information about mathematical functions. The site details the interrelationships between the special functions of mathematical physics and the elementary functions of mathematical analysis as well as the interrelationships between the functions in each group.

Mathematics Subject Collection [Internet Public Library]   
A directory of websites by math sub-category.

The Math Forum  [Drexel School of Education, Drexel University]
The goal of The Math Forum is to "build an online community of teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, and citizens at all levels that have an interest in math and math education." Towards that end, the site features an Internet Mathematics Library, which contains links to math and math education Web sites; a "Math Resources by Subject" section; original math and math education content created in collaboration with students, teachers, and researchers; interactive projects, like Ask Dr. Math and Problems of the Week; and discussion areas.

MathSciNet  [American Mathematical Society]
Mathematical Reviews on the Web is an electronic publication offering access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. Continuing in the tradition of the paper publication Mathematical Reviews, first published in 1940, expert reviewers are selected by a staff of professional mathematicians to write reviews of the current published literature. Bibliographic data from retro-digitized articles dates back to 1864. Reference lists are collected and matched internally from over 300 journals, and citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is provided.This web of citations allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences.

Research Randomizer  [Geoffrey C. Urbaniak and Scott Plous]  
An online random number generator for use in math, statistics, and research design. Customizable features let you determine how many numbers to generate, the range of values, whether or not to allow duplicate numbers, etc.

MacTutor History of Mathematics [University of St. Andrews, Scotland]
Biographies, famous curves, and many topics in the history of math.

Documentation for the R Statistical Environment
[R Development Core Team]

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. R Tutorials available on this site.

Gnuplot Tutorials

A graphing and plotting utility.


A typesetting system that is suitable for producing scientific and mathematical documents of high typographical quality. It is also suitable for producing other documents, from simple letters to

complete books. LaTeX Tutorials available on this site.

The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX

A .pdf document with table of contents breakout links to assist in navigating the document.

The Comprehensive Symbol List for LaTeX
[Carnegie Mellon University]

A .pdf document listing the 4947 symbols in LaTeX and the corresponding commands that produce them.

Prime Pages
  [University of Tennessee at Martin]
Prime number research, records, and resources.

Mathematics Associations

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American Mathematical Society  
The premier U.S. mathematics organization. Good place to begin looking for mathematical information;   

American Statistical Association 
Promotes excellence in statistics in its application to the frontiers of science, from biological to socio-economic to the physical sciences.

Association for Women in Math  
Encourages women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promotes equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

Canadian Mathematical Society  
The focus of CMS is to aggressively reach out to and form new partnerships with the users of mathematics in business, governments and universities, educators in the school and college systems as well as other mathematical associations

Institute of Mathematical Statistics 
Fosters the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability.

Mathematical Association of America  
The largest professional society that focuses on undergraduate mathematics education.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics  
Serves math teachers, math educators, and administrators by providing math resources and professional development opportunities.

Scholarly Societies Project – Mathematics   [University of Waterloo Library]
Facilitates access to websites of scholarly societies across the world

SIAM [Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics]
News, links, publications, conferences, employment opportunities, and more.


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