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MATHEMATICS: SUBJECT GUIDE: Articles

Use this guide to get started doing mathematics research!

Search JStor

A high-quality, interdisciplinary journal archive, including mathematical materials. The entire database is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.

Additional Resources for Searching the Math Literature

MathSciNet

A comprehensive index, with abstracts, to the research literature of mathematics. Provides the full text of Mathematical Reviews from 1940 to the present, and contains reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences and computer science literature. Covers books, journals and proceedings.

Mathematics Research in Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a powerful search tool, but it can be inconsistent in its coverage, so it is best if used for supplemental research. See below for best practices for using Google Scholar.

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar Library Links

There are two features to be aware of when using Google Scholar. The first is to be sure to set up your preferences in Google Scholar to access articles online that are available at Collins Library!

  • Step 1 On the Google Scholar page, click on the small 'Settings' icon at the top of the screen. 

  • Step 2: Choose 'library links' from the options on the left hand side, then type 'Puget Sound' into the search box.

 

  • Step 3: When the results appear, click the check boxes next to the three options that include 'Univ of Puget Sound' or 'University of Puget Sound' in the title. 

  • Step 4: Conduct a search, and look for the links that say 'Full Text @ My Library' on the right hand side next to results. Click those links to check for Puget Sound access to the articles! 

Google Scholar Cited Reference Search

Another useful feature of Google Scholar is its ability to allow for easily finding articles which have cited an article that you have found. 

Step 1: When looking at search results, check for the 'Cited by X' link underneath each result. That will tell you how many subsequent articles (that Google Scholar is aware of...it's not 100% comprehensive! This is a ballpark figure) have cited this particular article.

  • Step 2: Click that link, and you will be taken to a new set of results, all of which have cited the original article, which will still be listed at the top of the page. 

What's a secondary source?

In secondary sources, authors analyze and interpret primary source materials. 

Secondary sources can be scholarly or popular.  Scholarly sources (sometimes called "academic" or "peer-reviewed" sources) are written by and for experts and typically include bibliographies and citations.  Popular sources are written for a general, non-expert audience and can be authored by anyone.

Need Help?

 Stuck? Need Help? Don't hesitate to contact Eli!

Eli Gandour-Rood, Science Librarian
egandourrood@pugetsound.edu

tel: (253) 879-3678

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