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Mathematics: A Guide to McFarlin Library Resources: Articles

This Library Research Guide (LibGuide) will introduce you to some of the major resources available from McFarlin Library for conducting research in the field of MATHEMATICS.

Why are journal articles so important?

Image of the cover of the October 2023 issue of American Journal of Mathematics

Scholarly journal articles are a vital secondary source of information for serious researchers. Articles are much shorter than books and focus in-depth on very specific topics.  Published by academic presses or associations and written by scholars and professionals in the biological sciences, they provide detailed information on the most current research and developments in the field.  The American Journal of Mathematics, for example, is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.  Published since 1878, it is the oldest continuously published mathematics journal in the Western Hemisphere.

You will often hear scholarly journals described as being "peer reviewed".  This means that when an author submits their article to a journal for publication it is first referred to a committee of experts in that field.  (These experts would be the author's professional equals or peers, hence the term.) This committee carefully reads and studies the article, making sure that the research was properly done.  If they find possible errors in the article, it may be referred back to the author for further work and revision.  Only when the peer-review committee is satisfied that the article meets the journal's standards of scholarship will it be published.  If properly done, peer reviewed articles provide you with the most authoritative information available on your research topic.

Best Databases for locating articles in Mathematics

Search Summon for Journal Articles

Search the library using Summon for articles from scholarly/peer-reviewed journals.


Search Scopus

Search for titles, abstracts and keywords

Looking for a specific Journal?

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