Reference & Websites

Reference & Websites

Mathematics Reference Works (general)

Mathematics Reference Works

The following are selected reference works in the CSUSM Library. They are excellent places to start your background research.

CRC concise encyclopedia of mathematics
QA5 .W45 2003 5th Floor Oversize and Reference

Dictionary of algebra, arithmetic, and trigonometry
QA5 .D4983 2001 Reference

Dictionary of classical and theoretical mathematics
QA5 .D4984 2001 Reference



Books & eBooks at CSUSM

Books will give you background information and an overview on what you are researching. You need this information in order to provide context.

Physical & online books available at CSUSM can be located in the following ways:

  1. Search the Library Catalog (use dropdown left-hand side for search types: subject, author, etc.)
  2. Search for an e-book, by choosing an e-book database from the list and using the search bar to enter terms
    • Off-campus access requires log-in with CSUSM User ID and Password

Options to obtain books not located at CSUSM:

  1. Order books through CSU+
    • If you locate a book via OneSearch catalog and it states "Print version not available in the library" you can order the book via CSU+, which is a library borrowing service that includes all 23 CSU campus libraries.  It takes approximately 2-5 days to receive books from CSU+.
  2. Order books through InterLibrary Loan
    • You can search the collections of libraries world-wide by using WorldCat.  If you find a book you would like to order and verify that you cannot get it through CSUSM or CSUSM, you can fill out an InterLibrary Loan request.  Materials will take 5-10 days to arrive and can be picked up at our Library.


Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Most Useful

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly

MathSciNet® is an electronic publication offering access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. Over 125,000 new items are added each year, most of them classified according to the Mathematics Subject Classification.  Authors are uniquely identified (by their MR Author ID), enabling a search for publications by individual author rather than by name string. Continuing in the tradition of the paper publication, Mathematical Reviews (MR), which was first published in 1940, expert reviewers are selected by a staff of professional mathematicians to write reviews of the current published literature; over 90,000 reviews are added to the database each year. Extending the MR tradition, MathSciNet® contains over 3.6 million items and over 2.3 million direct links to original articles. Bibliographic data from retrodigitized articles dates back to the early 1800s. Reference lists are collected and matched internally from approximately 650 journals, and citation data for journals, authors, articles and reviews is provided.  This web of citations allows users to track the history and influence of research publications in the mathematical sciences.

Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It 1940 to current All
Wiley Online Library

Access to abstracts and full text from journals, reference works, databases, and books. Disciplines covered include the life sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, earth sciences, education, social sciences, humanities, business, and mathematics

Some full-text 1996 to current Most

Contains (EXCEPT for the latest five years) core scholarly journals in sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American & Asian studies, literature, humanities, music, and biological, health & general sciences.

Full-text 1838 to most recent five years Most
SIAM Locus Archive

An archive collection of the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Journals.

Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It 1953 to 1996 All

Also Useful

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly

Provides full text access to over 1,000 journals covering all fields of science.

Full-text 1995 to current Most

Citing with AMSRef and LaTeX

Citing with AMSRef and LaTeX

Mathematics Citations (General)

amsrefs citations

For many CSUSM Mathematics courses, you need to use amsrefs to manage your citations. amsrefs requires LaTeX-specific formatting for the citations to appear correctly in your paper.

You can easily copy/paste the amsrefs bibliographic information directly from MathSciNet.

  1. In the full MathSciNet record, select "AMSRefs" from the drop-down menu above the record information.

    Image of AMSRefs drop down menu in MathSciNet


  2. The resulting screen will display the markup code for the citation. Copy/paste the text into a text editor of your choice or directly into LaTeX.
    Image of markup code for citation


  3. If you found a source from a database other than MathSciNet, check MR Lookup to verify that you have the correct citation information to include in your bibiliography. Follow steps 1-2 to find the markup code for your citation.

More LaTeX and amsrefs help

For more help using LaTeX and amsrefs, refer to the following:

  • Ethan Duckworth's LaTeX guides. These are very user-friendly and comprehensive. Especially helpful are the following:

    • How to write mathematics
    • How to format the page
    • How to make cross references
  • The AMS has created the User's Guide to amsrefs, which includes detailed instructions on how to enter your citation information in LaTeX.
    • Refer to section 5.1 on different bibliography entry types. amsrefs supports the following types of materials: article, book, misc, report, thesis, and webpage.


Mathematics Style and Ethics

Mathematics Style and Ethics

Mathematics Style and Ethics

Style Guides and Math Writing Resources

American Mathematical Society (AMS) Author Resource Center-

American Mathematical Society Author Handbook-

Mathematics into Type by Ellen Swanson (Updated 1999)-

Author Resources for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)-

MAA Mathematical Communication-


Ethics in Mathematics

Proven theorems and mathematical definitions are considered part of the public domain.  This practice is necessary for the advancement of the field of mathematics.  Public domain status means these theorems and definitions are available for use by anyone.   Nevertheless, public domain status does not obviate the need to acknowledge the contribution of the original authors of the theorem.  Ethical practice demands that scholars acknowledge the work and contributions of others regardless of how that work is used.  

American Mathematical Society Ethical Guidelines-



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