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Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in Mathematics

Introduction and Definition

Mathematics, the science of structure, order, and relation that has evolved from elemental practices of counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects. It deals with logical reasoning and quantitative calculation, and its development has involved an increasing degree of idealization and abstraction of its subject matter. Since the 17th century, mathematics has been an indispensable adjunct to the physical sciences and technology, and in more recent times it has assumed a similar role in the quantitative aspects of the life sciences. (Britannica Academic)


Visit the Math Department for information on math classes offered at CR, as well as degrees, tutoring, and resources for students. 


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Browsing in the Library

Libraries group their materials using "call numbers" that organize books with similar topics together on the shelves. Our library, like most academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress classification schedule.  Mathematics books are covered by the call number QA 1 through QA 939. This includes mathematical logic, elementary mathematics, algebra, probabilities, mathematical statistics, numerical analysis, geometry, and analytic mechanics. (A major subset, QA75. 5 through QA76, is devoted to computer programming due to it's close relationship to math.)

Here is a link to the Library Congress classification page: Library of Congress Classification numbers for Mathematics


Searching Online

You can search for information on Google, but you'll find more reliable and authoritative sources searching in the library's OneSearch catalog - or in Credo Reference, an online collection of reference and research sources.  Use the box below to access Credo's Mathematics and Statistics resources, or access OneSearch from the Library Materials tab on this guide.  (You may be asked to login using your student ID number).

Combining multiple terms will help you find sources that are more closely focused on your specific topic. Use specific words, but only use one or two word phrases - not whole sentences! Try both plural and singular forms, and try varying combinations or words for specific math concepts. Try both technical and common usage words. Try the names of relevant places or persons.

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