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Mathematics Subject Guide: Online library support

Subject Guide - help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

Welcome to the Mathematics Subject Guide

Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.  

New to the University?  Explore the Getting Started with the Library guide to learn all about the Library basics. 

Your Librarian - Exeter

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Jude Fleming (Exeter)

Where to start your search

Library Search

Library Search will help you discover books, journals, articles, audio visual material and more on your chosen topic. This is a good place to start when you are beginning to research a topic as you can draw on content from a variety of different sources.

For more in depth research in databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Key databases

Key databases for Maths

Research databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports etc that match your search criteria. They help you to find information about previous publications in your research field.

These are the key databases we recommend that you use. You can see a fuller list in the A-Z database listing under Maths.

These databases are multi-disciplinary in content but should contain scholarly literature relating to climate science.

Current Index to Statistics is a bibliographic index to publications in statistics, probability, and related fields, covering publications from 1975 onwards. It is produced by the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

JSTOR provides access to scholarly book, journal and primary sources.

The Mathematics & Statistics Resources on JSTOR guide will introduce you to the content available in this area. This collection includes literature from prestigious societies and organizations such as the American Statistical Association, & the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

JSTOR has a series of libguides on its content including this one on Climate Change:

MathSciNet is produced by AMS (American Mathematical Society) and is the authoritative gateway to the scholarly literature of mathematics.

Use the QuickStart guide if you are new to this resources. This has lots of hints and tips to help you search effectively. You can also use the Help Index and FAQ sections for guidance.

SCOPUS is a large bibliographic database. The content is multidisciplinary and covers all subject areas not just mathematics so can be useful for investigating subjects that span maths, statistics and related areas.

SCOPUS have produced a series of tutorials to help you get started. They can be accessed here.

Web of Science is a large bibliographic database. The content is multidisciplinary and covers all subject areas not just mathematics so can be useful for investigating subjects that span maths, statistics and related areas.

NOTE: not all results will provide the full-text content. Use the "check for this at Exeter" option to find out if the Library provides access to the full text.

The quick reference guide will provide you with a brief overview of the service. The video below provides some great tips on how to improve your searching.

Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.

You can browse by subject e.g. Maths or type (e.g. maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.


Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an extensive archive of free-to-air TV programmes and radio shows

  • Search the archive to find programmes relating to your subject
  • Record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels and add to the archive for others to view
  • Create your own clips and playlists

Kanopy films and documentaries covering Mathematics. Full content for University of Exeter.

  • TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

  •  You can explore TED Talks related to the topic of mathematics and statistics or take a look at one of the Maths playlists.  

  • The Math Talks To Blow Your Mind playlist is a good starting point for understanding the sort of talks you'll find on TED.

  • You'll find talks on all sorts of other topics too. The latest and most popular talks are available from the TED homepage

  • TED talks can be a great way to keep up to date with live issues in your area of research/study


Below is a popular talk from Hans Rosling, exemplifying the benefits of data visualisation.

Explore research materials available elsewhere

  • Library Hub Discover - Search the catalogues of over 100 major UK and Irish national, academic and specialist libraries to find books, journals and other materials

  • WorldCAT - Search the collections of over 10,000 worldwide libraries  

  • The European Library - Access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.

  • The Library of Congress -  Catalogue records of the print and digital resources held in the Library of Congress collections (USA)

  • LibWeb - Find online library catalogues worldwide

  • CORE - Search the world's largest collection of open access research papers

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

For more guidance take a look at:

Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of study skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Study Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

Online Tutorials


Click on the image to access the tutorials.

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