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Mathematics: Start

A guide to research resources on mathematics topics.

Starting Points

These resources are good starting points for library research in mathematics. Use these to get background information, find books, and find articles:

  • MathSciNet - to find scholarly articles and more in mathematics
  • MathWorld - to find background information on mathematics topics
  • UC Library Search - to find books and more in the UC Libraries

Explore this guide for additional resources and tips for finding articles, finding books, and more.

Borrow externally

If Berkeley does not own a publication, you can borrow it from an external library by requesting an interlibrary loan. This is a free service to Berkeley faculty, staff, and students. The average wait for an ILL request is one week but items borrowed from out-of-state take longer to arrive.

Books, Journal Articles & Conference Papers
To make an interlibrary loan request for a book, journal article or conference paper, sign into UC Library Search and locate the record for the item you want and follow the instructions to initiate a request. A copy will be delivered to the campus library of your choice for pick up. In the case of articles and conference papers, we normally email you a PDF copy of the paper. If you cannot locate the item in UC Library Search, you can make an order through the Interlibrary Borrowing Service request form.

Other Publications 
For other types of publications, try searching UC Library Search first. If you are unable to locate the record, make an order through the Interlibrary Borrowing Service request form or contact us for help

Off-campus Access

We offer two ways to access UCB licensed library resources from off-campus:

When accessing a library licensed resource via links found on UC Library Search or our Databases A-Z list, you may be prompted to authenticate via CalNet or via your PIN / Cal 1 card number. If you normally search via non-licensed UCB resources (such as Google Scholar), we recommend that you install our bookmarklet in order to authenticate. 

VPN (Virtual Private Network) 
After you install and run the VPN client software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

UC Library Search

 UC Library Search infographic about what is included

UC Library Search is the University of California's unified discovery and borrowing system.

Access it directly or from the Library homepage to find most UC books, articles, media, archival collections, and more.

See the UC Library Search User Guide and ask for research help 24/7 for more information.

Campus Library Map

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See also:

Mathematics Statistics Library

Visit the Mathematics Statistics Library in 100 Evans Hall. Check Mathematics & Statistics Guides and Services for more guides and services.

Mathematics Librarian

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Brian Quigley
Engineering Library
110 Bechtel Engineering Center
(510) 642-5729