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Reference Books and Assistance


A collection of ready-reference books are shelved under the counter by the circulation desk (Map A-8). These books are arranged in call number order and include encyclopedias, general (English and foreign-language) and mathematical dictionaries, handbooks, biographical directories, books of mathematical and statistical tables, and others.

Additional reference materials are shelved in the Reading Room (Map B, 1-7) starting on the south wall. These current bibliographical indexes and abstracts include Statistical Theory and Method Abstracts, Current Index to Statistics, Current Mathematical Publications, Mathematical Reviews and its subject-specific spinoffs, Referativnyi Zhurnal, and Zentralblatt fur Mathematik. Other current bibliographical tools are in the bookstacks.

Retrospective bibliographies are shelved in the bookstacks, including Jahrbuch uber die Fortschritte der Mathematik (510.5JA), Bulletino di bibliografia e di storia delle scienze mathematische e fisiche (505 BUL), and Bulletin de bibliographie d’histoire et de biographie mathematiques (510.5 NOS).

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary is located on the large table in the circulation area. This table is reserved for patrons using this reference resource or perusing the new books and journals.

Reference Assistance

Mathematics Library staff members are available to provide reference assistance during the hours the library is open. You may ask for assistance at the Mathematics Library circulation desk, by telephone (217) 333-0258, by e-mail to math@library.illinois.edu, or through our Reference Form. Questions are typically answered within one business day.  We will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to answer your question.  More complicated and in-depth reference requests are forwarded to the Mathematics Librarian. The Mathematics Library accepts reference questions from all patrons.

The Mathematics Library maintains a small collection of ready-reference books, dictionaries, and encyclopedias next to the circulation desk area (see Map A-8). Patrons may consult the online ready-reference information resources.

Library Resources Assistance

Mathematics Library staff members are happy to provide individualized instruction on the use of library information resources. Request assistance at the circulation desk. In-depth instruction can be scheduled with the librarian or one of the library specialists.

After Math Library operating hours visit University Library website Help and Services.

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