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January 3-16, 2017

Mon.-Fri.: 10am-5pm

Sat.-Sun.: CLOSED

Fri., 01/13: 1-5pm

Mon., 01/16: CLOSED

Changes in this schedule during exams, interim periods, and holidays are posted on the library door. Schedules and locations for other campus library units can be found at


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?

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 Active Directory (AD) password.

Active Directory Login Screenshot

For many of the Library's online resources, remote access requires that you be actively affiliated with the University as a student, faculty, or staff.  For those resources, you have to use either the VPN Tunnel All profile or the Library proxy.  Visit Library Resources and the VPN to learn more about accessing resources remotely.



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

Situation 1: I found the citation online in MathSciNet (or another online index).

If you have a citation on your computer screen from an indexing and abstracting service like MathSciNet, look for the blue "Discover full text" box.

  MathSciNet Discover Full Text Button

Clicking on this link will bring you to a page that identifies the library's electronic and/or print access to the article.
Fulltext Search Results Screenshot
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 Library Catalog for a print version by clicking on "Holdings in VuFind."
No Full Text Search Screenshot


Situation 2:  I have a print citation for the article.

If you have a citation for an article in print (from another journal article or a book), try using the Library's Journal and Article Locator to determine whether the Library has electronic access to the article.

Enter all the information you have available in the appropriate fields (note that Journal Name is required in order to perform the search). If possible, the Journal and Article Locator will bring you directly to the full text of the article, but in some cases it will bring you to a Discover Full Text Linking page, like those pictured above on this page.

Journal and Article Locator Screenshot



3. How do I find out if a book I want to read is available online?

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 Screenshot

Easy Search provides search results from multiple sources at one time, including SpringerLink, Google Books, and the 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.

If you click on a link that takes you out of the library catalog to a publisher's website (for example, SpringerLink) you may be prompted for your NetID and password.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.

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?

You can sign up for email alerts or subscribe to a journal's RSS feed to find the most recent articles.

When you "subscribe" to a RSS feed, the latest news and additions to the website will be delivered directly to you.

AMS RSS Screenshot
To learn more about email alerts and RSS feeds, visit Email Alerts and RSS Feeds for Mathematics Journals