Tips, tricks, and information to help you navigate the resources available in the Mathematics Library.
The new library catalog – walk through of important features
On June 24th, the University Library launched a brand-new online catalog, the best tool to discover the library’s entire collection of books, e-books, journals, and more. This walkthrough will cover using the new catalog to locate books and journals, making requests, and using your library account.
Accessing the New Catalog
You can access the new library catalog in several ways, including by clicking here.
First, you can see the catalog by running a search in Easy Search on the Library’s homepage. Just type in your keywords, click Search, and results from the Library Catalog will show up in the center column of the screen. Click on “Library Catalog” to see the full list of results, or on any item to see more information.
To go directly to the catalog, you can click on “Library Catalog” under “Find Books” on the Math Library’s homepage.
Searching the Library Catalog for Books
To search for a book, put the title, author, ISBN, or subject into the search box. Results will be labeled with where each item is located- it’ll either be marked as Available Online or with the physical library location.
Click on the title of any item to see more information, including its call number and library location, availability at other i-Share libraries, bibliographic information, and more.
Searching the Library Catalog of Journals
Search for journals in the same way as books. Results will be labelled with each journal’s location – either Available Online or its location in the library.
Click on a journal title to see more detailed information including available editions, as well as links for different methods of accessing the journal.
Narrowing Your Results
The new catalog has excellent features to customize your search results to fit your needs. You can narrow your results by using the “Tweak your results” options on the left-hand side of the page. Narrow by availability, resource type, library location, date, language, and by items new to the catalog.
After selecting your desired filters and clicking “Apply Filters,” the catalog will update your results and show you the filters you’re using at the top of the “Tweak your results” column. In this search, filters are set to show books that are available online that have been newly added in the last three months.
To request an item in the catalog, you’ll first need to sign in using your NetID and password. You may also need to use two-factor authentication. You’ll see the option to sign in after you’ve clicked on an item.
After signing in, click the “Request” button.
Fill out the small form indicating where you’d like to pick-up the item and other details, then click “Send Request.” You’ll receive an email with further information after your request has been fulfilled.
Using Your Account
You can view or log-in to your account in the top right corner of the page while using the library catalog.
Click on “My Account” to access your currently checked out items (and have the option to renew them), your requests, and any fines or fees. You can also view your search history and any saved searches or items.
For more detailed guidance on using the library catalog, including topics like advanced searching and i-Share, you can visit this LibGuide on the topic. You can also e-mail us at email@example.com.
Current Index to Statistics
What Is It?
According to the CIS homepage, “The Current Index to Statistics (CIS) is a bibliographic index of publications in statistics, probability, and related fields. It includes data from approximately 160 core journals, 1,200 additional journals in related fields, and 11,000 books. The bulk of the content in CIS is from 1975-2017. CIS was developed by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association.” It’s an ideal resource for finding statistics articles and books.
How To Access
You can access the Current Index to Statistics here.
How To Use
With CIS, you can search by keyword, title, author, journal, or other search terms. You can keyword search by putting your search terms directly into the search bar, like the example below.
You can also use specify your search terms by using search field abbreviations like AU for author or Y for year. You can find the full list of search field abbreviations by clicking “Search Tips” in the upper right corner. Specifying your search fields is useful if you want results from a specific journal, author, or year. Here’s an example of a search limited by author and journal.
Clicking “Refine Results” will also give you the option to narrow down your results by author, journal, volume, etc. Click on the terms you want limit your search to, then click “Apply filters.”
To access the full-text of an article through CIS, click “Article.” This should take you directly to the publisher’s page for that article using the article’s DOI.
If you have any questions about using the Current Index to Statistics or accessing books and articles, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.