Subject Guides

You can find all print books, e-books, and videos by searching our online catalog Albert:

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

Reference Databases

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Credo Reference Logo

Credo Literati includes the Princeton Companion to Mathematics

Includes The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics.


Handbooks and Encyclopedias

Reference books (encyclopedias and handbooks) provide an overview of a topic and definitions of terms. You can find all reference material by searching Albert, and limiting to “Reference Sources” in the pull down menu. Listed below are a few examples:


Discover articles from many of our databases.

The following databases are useful for finding articles in the Mathematics field.

Mathematics Geneaology Project- Find a mathematician's "family tree". Search for a known mathematician and see who was advised by that person and who that person was advised by. You can connect a modern mathematician back to those in the 1500s.

To find biographies for mathematicians, try the following resources:

includes Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive.  (Biographies and History Topics)

  • APA Style Guide. Tip sheet from the Library.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is available in the Reference Room (Ref 150.149 Am35b).
  • MathSciNet has a citation generator: MRef.
  • Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences (Ref 808.0665 H537a)
  • BibTEX generates citations and is included in TEX download. BibDesk is for Mac Users.

Save your article PDF's and create citations using a reference manager, such as:

Mendeley Citation Manager

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