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.
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
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
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.
Clicking on this link will bring you to a page that identifies the library's electronic and/or
print access to the 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 Library Catalog for a
print version by clicking on "Holdings in VuFind."
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
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.
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,
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?