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*Jahrbuch Database*- http://www.emis.de/MATH/JFM/JFM.html
- This project is from the European Mathematical Society and provides access to
articles from the years 1868-1942. It is a database based on the
*Jahrbuch über die Fortschritte der Mathematik*. This database has free citations and some abstracts and contains what the creators of the database describe as "some of the most important mathematical publications of the period" between 1868-1942. There is a limit of three free searches for unregistered users. *MathSciNet*- http://e-math.ams.org/mathscinet/
*MathSciNet*indexes the mathematical literature from 1940 to the present. It provides access to the reviews and bibliographic data from Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. The database has some helpful searching features available such as both full search and a basic search. MathSciNet has the full text of many items but not all. The database will link you to the full text if available on the web. However, you must be a subscriber to access the full text. This database has signed reviews of articles, and contains conference proceedings and books. "MathSciNet is a unique database of a scholarly nature of more utility to faculty and graduate students than to undergraduate students. It has an excellent coverage of current mathematics literature providing signed reviews of math articles, conference proceedings and books of mathematics research" (Dominy and Bhatt 2001).*MATHDI,*Mathematics Didactics Database- http://www.emis.de/MATH/DI.html
- This web version of the European Mathematical Society's International
Reviews on Mathematics Education indexes the mathematics and computer science
education journal literature from 1976-present. There is a limit of three free
searches allowed for unregistered users.
*Zentralblatt MATH*- {http://www.zentralblatt-math.org/zmath/en/}
- This web version of Zentralblatt Math indexes articles from 1931-present and has full-text reviews from 1985 forward. Zentralblatt indexes articles 3,000 periodicals. There is a list of periodicals covered by the database at {http://www.zentralblatt-math.org/zmath/en/journals/}. There is a limit of three free searches allowed for unregistered users.

*Directory of Mathematics Preprint and e-Print Servers*- {http://www.ams.org/global-preprints/}
- This is a directory of preprint servers from the American Mathematical Society
(AMS). It lists umbrella servers, special subject servers, institute and
department servers, as well as retired preprint servers. "The servers are divided
into three categories: umbrella servers, which cover all areas of
mathematics--such as the mathematics section of the Los Alamos (Ginsparg) e-Print
Archive and the MPRESS/MathNet preprints server, special subject servers, and
servers administered by mathematics departments and institutes. There is an
additional link to retired preprint services" (McMahon 2000).
*ArXiv.org e-Print Archive*[Mathematics Section]- http://arxiv.org/archive/math
- The original preprint archive, long affiliated with the Los Alamos National
laboratory; arXiv.org is a "fully automated electronic archive and distribution
server for research papers." Currently, mathematics e-prints are available for
1991 to present. Some of the subject areas covered include: algebraic geometry,
logic, probability theory, and spectral theory. For the year 2002 alone they
already have over 1,200 new articles in their archive. You can browse the articles
by author, title, or subject area, or by year. It is also fully searchable.
*Mathematics Preprint Server*- {http://www.mathpreprints.com/math/Preprint/show/}
- This is a preprint server managed by Elsevier. This server allows readers to
rank and discuss articles. In order to submit preprints one must register, but
searching and browsing is allowed without registration. There are approximately
550 articles on the server.
*MPRESS: Mathematics Preprint Search System*- http://MathNet.preprints.org/
- This is an index to preprints and not a full-text archive. It allows both
searching and browsing by subject area. It is supported by the Math-Net Project
(1997 - 1999) "and was started under the auspices of the European Mathematical
Society."

*Bibliography of Collected Works and Correspondence of Mathematicians*- http://www.math.cornell.edu/~library/collectedwks.html
- This bibliography was put together by Steven W. Rockey, mathematics librarian at
Cornell University. "The scope includes the collected works and correspondence of
mathematicians that were published as monographs and made available for sale. It
does not include binders collections, reprint collections or manuscript
collections that were put together by individuals, departments or libraries."
*Bibliography for Computational Probability and Statistics Resources*- {http://home.ubalt.edu/ntsbarsh/statistics/REFSTAT.HTM}
- Dr. Hossein Arsham, the Wright Distinguished Research Professor in Decision
Science and Statistics at the University of Baltimore compiled this bibliography.
The site lists books (print), journal web sites, publishers, societies, and
organizations in the areas related to computational probability and statistics.
- Also compiled by the same professor are the following bibliographies:
*Bibliography for Discrete Event Systems Simulation Resources*

{http://home.ubalt.edu/ntsbarsh/ref/RefSim.htm}*Bibliography for Optimization with Sensitivity Analysis Resources*

{http://home.ubalt.edu/ntsbarsh/refop/Refop.htm}

*Math WWW Virtual Library - Bibliographies*- {http://www.math.fsu.edu/Virtual/index.php}
- This is a list of bibliographies online maintained by the Florida
State University Department of Mathematics. The information is categorized
by subject. It includes a list of 19 bibliographies such as a
bibliography of Bernoulli numbers.

*Indexes of Biographies*- http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/BiogIndex.html
- This site is hosted by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University
of Saint Andrews in Scotland. It is an index of biographies of famous
mathematicians. There are presently 1,554 biographies on the site. They are written
by two professors at the school, Edmund F. Robertson and John O'Connor. It has
biographies on hundreds of mathematicians going back as far as 1680 BC and up to
the present day. Some articles on the individuals contain scanned graphics, and
they also contain links to more information. The articles include references and
sometimes photographs of the mathematicians and are roughly one to two pages in
length. One feature that is useful is term hyperlinking. Mathematical terms such
as "hyperbola" are linked to definitions. This site is part of the MacTutor History of
Mathematics and has won many awards such as 1998 Britannica's Best of the Web
award.
*Women Mathematicians*- http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm
- This site contains biographies of famous women mathematicians. "These pages are
part of an on-going project by students in mathematics classes at Agnes Scott
College, in Atlanta, Georgia, to illustrate the numerous achievements of women in
the field of mathematics. There are biographical essays or comments on most of the
women mathematicians and some photos." There are over 100 entries. The entries
contain references to further information on the mathematicians.
*History of Mathematics Links: Sites Relating to Individual Mathematicians*- http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/HistMath/Links/People.html
- This site contains links to sites on specific mathematicians, including such
historically significant individuals like Archimedes, and more modern thinkers
like Paul Erdös and Robert P. Langlands. The University of Dublin Trinity
College hosts the site. There are currently over 70 links.
*Mathematicians of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries*- http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/HistMath/People/RBallHist.html
- "Available here are accounts of the lives and works of seventeenth and eighteenth
century mathematicians (and some other scientists), adapted from A Short
Account of the History of Mathematics by W. W. Rouse Ball (4th Edition
1908). The ordering of the mathematicians and scientists is approximately
chronological. A separate index is provided which lists these people in
alphabetical order." There are over 80 entries on this site. Each description is
roughly one to two pages in length. There are no additional references or links.

*Martindale's Reference Desk: The Reference Desk: Calculators Online-Mathematics*- {http://www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators.html}
- This site contains numerous mathematical calculators. It starts with basic math calculators for finding percentages, fractions, etc., and then continues with complex, specific calculators such as those for finding solutions to quadratic equations, and slope field calculators. It is hosted on the University of California, Irvine Science Library's server.
*A Dictionary of Measures, Units and Conversions*- http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimt/dictunit/dictunit.htm
- "This provides a summary of most of the units of measurement to be found in use
around the World today (and a few of historical interest), together with the
appropriate conversion factors needed to change them into a 'standard' unit of the
S I."
*Favorite Mathematical Constants*- {http://algo.inria.fr/bsolve/}
- Constants are listed by associated topic, such as constants associated with number theory. The constants are arranged by topic, such as geometry, "Constants associated with number theory" or, "Constants associated with Analytic Inequalities." There is also a table to aid in locating the constant of interest. The site contains roughly 130 constants.

*Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures*- http://www.nist.gov/dads/
- "This is a dictionary of algorithms, algorithmic techniques, data structures,
archetypal problems, and related definitions." The National Institute of Standards
and Technology hosts the site. "Some entries have links to further information and
implementations". There is an alphabetical index on the main page as well as a
search function. Paul Black, computer scientist at NIST, created the page.
References on algorithms and data structures are included.

*Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics*- http://mathworld.wolfram.com/
- This contains a well-organized encyclopedia of mathematics. It also has
interactive elements such as animated graphics and hyper linked terms, which link
to definitions. It contains references at the end of each description as well as
hyperlinks to related terms. Eric Weisstein, Internet encyclopedist employed by
Wolfram Research, created this resource.
*On-line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences*- http://www.research.att.com/~njas/sequences/
- This site identifies integer
sequences. "Type in a series of numbers and the database will complete the sequence
and provide the name of the sequence, along with its mathematical formula, examples
of its classificatory structure, references, and links. Also available in French"
(Sonnier 2001).
*Mathematical Atlas: A Gateway to Modern Mathematics*- http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/
- This site was created and is managed by Dave Rusin, Associate Professor of
Mathematics at Northern Illinois University. It "is a collection of short articles
designed to provide an introduction to the areas of modern mathematics and
pointers to further information." The material is arranged in a hierarchy of
disciplines, each with its own index page ("
*blue pages*"). Dave Rusin originally collected these articles for his own use from various sources and is now making them publicly available on the web. The articles vary in length but are usually substantial, often running roughly three to five pages.

*Mathematical Quotations Server*- http://math.furman.edu/~mwoodard/mquot.html
- You can search by keyword or browse for quotations of interest. The browse
feature allows browsing by last name of the individual the quote is attributed to. In
addition, you can download the entire collection. The site also has a random quote
generator. This site is from Furman University.

*Cornell Digital Library Math Collection*- {http://historical.library.cornell.edu/math/}
- This site has 577 scanned historical books available from the collections of the
Cornell University Library. The books are out-of-print or out-of-copyright
materials. The collection is indexed by title and by author. These books are part
of the library's Digital
Math Books Collection. "From 1990 through 1992 Cornell University and Xerox
Corporation, with the support of the Commission on Preservation and Access,
collaborated on a pilot project to test advanced technology for scanning
deteriorating books as digital images, optical storage, and production of high
quality paper copies." This is a project in which, "while 'saving' mathematics
books from a brittle death, the Library becomes a publisher of out-of-print and
out-of-copyright books" (Rockey 1992).
*The History of Mathematics*- http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/HistMath/HistMath.html
- This site was created and is maintained by David Wilkins, lecturer in mathematics
at Trinity College in Dublin. Some of the articles come from books and also have
links to more biographical information on the web. It includes a section on
mathematicians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The rest of the site
is devoted to a few mathematicians, such as Sir William Rowan Hamilton and George
Berkeley.
*MacTutor History of Mathematics*- http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/
- The School of Mathematics and Statistics host this site at the University of
Saint Andrews in Scotland. The site was created and maintained by two professors
at the school, Edmund F. Robertson and John O'Connor. There are a number of index
pages, such as an index to topics page, an index to female mathematicians, and a
quotations index.

*Catalogue of Mathematics Internet Resources*- {http://bubl.ac.uk/link/m/mathematicslinks.htm}
- This web site is from BUBL Link. "BUBL LINK is the name of a catalogue of selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas and catalogued according to DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification). All items are selected, evaluated, catalogued and described. Links are checked and fixed each month. LINK stands for Libraries of Networked Knowledge." The index to the resources in the mathematics and computing section are in alphabetical order, i.e., fractals, geometry.
*Math Archives Topics in Mathematics*- http://archives.math.utk.edu/topics/index.html
- "The primary emphasis is on materials which are used in the teaching of
mathematics. Currently the Archives are particularly strong in its collection of
educational software. Other areas, ranging from laboratory notebooks and problem
sets to lecture notes and reports on innovative methods, are growing." The
resources in this guide are listed by topic. One particularly useful feature on
this site is that each article or resource in a subject area is ranked according
to level, such as UD for "Upper Division College" level resource or GP for
"Graduate and Professional" level. In addition, under each resource heading the
site lists the type of resource, such as lecture notes or book.
*Mathematics Web Sites Around the World*- {http://www.emis.de/PSU-mirror/MathLists/Contents.html}
- Provides a search engine and browsing options to help locate mathematics-related
web sites. The search engine is not very sophisticated, but the browsing by
category is well organized into areas such as mathematics department web servers,
mathematics journals, commercial pages, and more.
*MathGuide*- http://www.mathguide.de/
- This is "an Internet-based subject gateway to scholarly relevant information
in mathematics, located at the Lower Saxony State- and University Library,
Göttingen (Germany). Resources are described and evaluated with a set of
Dublin Core metadata." This site has a search engine with simple and advanced
search options as well as a subject catalog and a source type catalog (divided by
type such as factual reference books, primary sources, etc.). Clicking on a
category heading will open a list of more specific category headings to help
narrow your subject down. This site presently contains 1,109 records.
*The World-Wide Web Virtual Library Mathematics*- {http://www.math.fsu.edu/Virtual/index.php}
- This site was compiled and is maintained by Florida State University
Department of Mathematics as a gateway to mathematics information on the web.
The categories include preprints, gophers, online books, and newsgroups.
*The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Statistics*- http://www.stat.ufl.edu/vlib/statistics.html
- The University of Florida Department of Statistics hosts this page, which is
maintained by Mike Conlon, Assistant Vice President for Information Systems and
Support, and Chief Information Officer University of Florida Health Science
Center. The site contains extensive links to departmental web servers around the
world.

*Mathematics Archives- Electronic Newsgroups and Mailing Lists*- http://archives.math.utk.edu/news.html
- Directory of electronic newsgroups and e-mail lists on the net in alphabetical
order. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, hosts this site.

*American Mathematical Society: Mathematics Research and Scholarship*- http://www.ams.org/
- This society was founded to promote mathematical research and scholarship and has
members all over the world. The site has a link to the journals that it publishes
and a journal article e-mail alert service (alerts you when new content is added to
AMS journals). You can also search through the tables of contents and abstracts of
their journals. The site also has a link to and information about their database,
MathSciNet.
*American Statistical Association*- http://www.amstat.org/
- This society was founded in 1839. It aims to promote statistics "across the
wealth of human endeavor." This site has a statistics career center with job
listings as well as information on careers for statisticians. Information is also
included on meetings and workshops of the ASA and other statistical organizations.
There is also a link to government resources such as "Government policies affecting
statistics."
*Association for Women in Mathematics*- http://www.awm-math.org/
- This association encourages girls and women in the mathematical sciences. The
association has a mentoring network, which matches up mentors and those seeking
mentors. There is also a career section with links to articles, employment
resources and more information. In addition there is a section with biographies of
women mathematicians.
*The EMS Homepage: The European Mathematical Information Service*- http://www.emis.de/
- This site offers access to full-text articles published by the European
Mathematical Society. Some of the journals are free to access. It also includes
links to projects the EMS is involved, such as the Jahrbuch project. This site is
also the host for the Zentralblatt Math database.
*IMA: About Us*- http://www.ima.org.uk/institute/aboutus.htm
- This site is from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
This UK-based organization was founded in 1964 and aims to promote mathematics in
"industry, business, the public sector, education and research." The site lists
conferences in mathematics, publications from the society, interest groups, and
career information.
*Mathematical Association of America: MAA Online*- http://www.maa.org/
- This association is "devoted to the interests of collegiate mathematics," in
particular, the teaching of collegiate mathematics. MAA Online contains articles
of interest to mathematicians, book reviews, and information on professional
development.
*Mathematical Sciences Research Institute*- http://www.msri.org/
- The Institute aims to further mathematical research and also offers a variety of
research programs, workshops and other events. Primary funding for this institute
comes from the NSF. The site contains a calendar of events, publications, and a
library of books, videos, and journals.
*SLA: PAM Division Web Resources*- {http://pam.sla.org/subjects/}
- PAM is a division of the Special Libraries Association and is geared toward librarians working in physics, astronomy, and mathematics. The division facilitates communication amongst members and others working in these fields. PAM has an online bulletin, a discussion list, and conferences. PAM maintains a list of electronic resources in mathematics on their {web site}. The list includes people, professional societies, preprints, and pathfinders.
*Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics [SIAM]*- http://www.siam.org/
- It is the policy of SIAM to work to "advance the application of mathematics and
computational science to science, engineering, industry, and society;" promote
research and provide a way for members to exchange ideas. There is a link to SIAM
journals online, books, conferences, and news.

**Dominy, Margaret and Bhatt, Jay.** 2001. MathSciNet:
mathematical reviews on the web, a review. Issues in Science & Technology
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http://www.istl.org/01-summer/databases2.html [May 1, 2002].

**McMahon, Timothy E.** 2000. This science isn't just for mathematicians anymore: mathematics resources on the Internet. College & Research Libraries News. 61(5). [Online] Available: {http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crlnews/2000/may/scienceisntjust.cfm}.

**Rockey, Steven.** 1992. ARL, the newsletter of
the Association of Research Libraries. 161: 11.

**Sonnier, Elizabeth.** 2001-2002. On-Line
Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Librarians Index to the
Internet [Online] Available: {http://lii.org/search/file/math} [May 1, 2002].

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