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Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Resources

Using the Mathematics Library's Online Information Resources

 

1. How do I access MathSciNet & Zentralblatt Math from off-campus?

2. How do I access a journal article from off-campus?

3. How do I find out if a book I want to read has been digitized?

4. How do I find the most recent articles published in a particular journal?

 

1. How do I access MathSciNet & Zentralblatt Math from off-campus?

The easiest way to access these resources from off-campus is to go to the Mathematics Library website and click on the link to either resource under the "Find Articles" section.  You will see the following page, prompting you to enter your NetID and Password:

 

Login Prompt

 

Once you successfully enter your password, you will see the following screen allowing you to continue on to MathSciNet or Zentralblatt Math:

Login Successful

 

2. How do I access a journal article from off-campus?

If you have a citation on your computer screen from an indexing and abstracting service like MathSciNet, look for the blue "Discover UIUC Full Text Linking" box:

 

MathSciNet Citation

 

Clicking on this link will bring you to a page that identifies the library's electronic and/or print access to the article:

 

Full Text Search Results

 

When Online Full Text is available, click on the link provided to proceed to the article:

 

Full Text of Journal Article

 

Remember that even when the library has a current electronic subscription to a journal, it does not necessarily have electronic access to the journal run in its entirety.  If no online full text is available, especially for older articles, make sure to check the UIUC Library Catalog for a print version by clicking on the appropriate link:

 

No Full Text Available Results

3. How do I find out if a book I want to read has been digitized?

The Mathematics Library recommends using the Easy Search. You can find a link to this page on the Mathematics Library homepage, under the "Find Books" heading.  When using Easy Search to find a book make sure that you have selected the book tab, where you can search by keyword, title words, or author:

 

Easy Search

 

Easy Search provides search results from multiple sources at one time, including SpringerLink, Google Books, and the regular UIUC library catalog.  Notice that Easy Search can provide results by title and by chapter in SpringerLink, which means that you can use Easy Search to locate the electronic version of an individual chapter within a Springer book:

 

Easy Search Results

 

Keep in mind that the library often has electronic access to new e-books well before the book actually appears in the online library catalog.  That is why using Easy Search is a more effective method of finding e-books than searching the catalog.

 

If you identify a book of interest in MathSciNet (or another indexing and abstracting service), you can use the Discover Full Text link to search for the electronic copy of the book just as if you were searching for a journal article:

 

MathSciNet Book Citation

 

This will identify UIUC's electronic access to the book, and provide a link to check the library catalog for print availability:

 

Full Text Search Results for Book

 

Remember, if you are looking for a book that you know Springer has published, do not go directly to SpringerLink.  Make sure to use Easy Search, or to use the Discover Full Text link on the page where you find the citation.  If you do not go through one of these library portals, you will be unable to access books and chapters, even though the library has paid for them.

4. How do I find the most recent articles published in a particular journal?

There are two ways to find recently published electronic issues of journals:

1. Use the Mathematics Library's database of Current Journals of Interest to Mathematicians, which is available on the Library's homepage under "Reference & Research Tools." Enter the journal's full title or abbreviated title in the appropriate box to begin the search: 

 

Current Journals Database

 

If the journal is available online, there will be a link to the most recent issue, along with the date that issue became available:

 

Current Journals Results Page

 

The link provided for the most recent volume or issue will bring you directly to that issue online:

 

Most Recent Issue

 

2. Use the Library's Online Research Resources (ORR) to search for the journal of interest by title.  (A link to the ORR is available on the Mathematics Library's homepage under "Reference & Research Tools."):

 

Browsing ORR

 

Searching for a journal in the ORR will identify the extent of the library's electronic access to the journal of interest.  If the journal is available through the present, clicking on the link will bring you to the most recent issue:

 

ORR Search Results

 

If you want to browse the library's new electronic journals like you would browse through the new print journals inside the library, you can visit the New E-Journals page (there is also a link to this page on the Mathematics Library homepage). Here you can see all the new journal issues which have become available to the UIUC community in a given week.