Reference Resources

Use these encyclopedias, dictionaries and almanacs for background information about mathematics or to get an understanding of major concepts.

Locating Books
Books can be found through MaagNet, the Maag Library online catalog or through the OhioLINK Catalog. Use MaagNet to locate items available through Maag Library. Use the OhioLINK catalog to locate items available through other OhioLINK institutions. These items can be requested and delivered to Maag Library for pickup.

Not sure of a topic? Here are a few Library of Congress Subject Headings that can get you started:

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry

For more help locating resources, see our general help section onFinding Books.

Browsing for books

Mathematics resources are located throughout the library: items in the Reference Room, Serials and in the circulating collection are all arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Once you locate a book or journal that is useful in one of these areas, you can locate information on the same or similar topics by locating the same call number in the other areas of the library. See Call Numbers and Floor Plans for assistance. Some of the call numbers where you will find Mathematics information are:

  • QA 1 - QA 43 --General
  • QA 9 - QA 10.3 --Mathematical Logic
  • QA 47 -QA 59 --Tables
  • QA 150 -QA 272.5 --Algebra
  • QA 273 -QA 280 --Probabilities, Mathematical Statistics
  • QA 440 -QA 699 --Geometry, Trigonometry, Topology
Locating Articles

Mathematics articles are available in print and electronic sources. The information below will help you decide where to begin searching for articles.


Online Articles

Many mathematics journals are now available through online subscription databases and through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. Various terms can be used to search these databases, including subject, keywords and relevant dates. Most databases allow access by current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus, although a few are restricted to in-library use only. For more information about connecting from home, see off-campus access.

  • MathSciNet   OFF CAMPUS LINK
    MathSciNet provides access to over 60 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications (from 1940 to the present).
    Supplies full text articles from the very first volume to the last 3-5 years for approximately 240 titles in the Arts & Sciences.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded    OFF CAMPUS LINK
    Current information as well as backfiles to 1900 are found in full text on the Web of Science. ISI Citation Databases include bibliographic information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals. It is indexed so that you can search for specific articles by subject, author, journal, and/or author address. Additionally, it is possible to search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.

These databases provide a starting point for your research. To see other available databases, visit the Research Databases page.


Web Resources

The links below provide access to mathematics resources on the Internet.


  • Mathematics Topics
    Links from the Librarian's Index to the Internet.
  • American Statistical Association
    "The American Statistical Association (ASA) is a scientific and educational society founded in 1839 with the following mission: To promote excellence in the application of statistical science across the wealth of human endeavor." (--Association Web Site)
  • Mathematical Association of America
    "The mission of the MAA is "to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level." (Association Web Site
  • YSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Links to faculty information and research interests, lab experiments and student organizations.