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Mathematics and Computer Science: Articles

A guide to sources for researching mathematics and computer science topics.

Search Options

Two search options

Search Box on IRC homepage (multiple databases simultaneously)           

  • On search results page refine your search using options on left side:
    • Limit to "items from scholarly publications including peer review
    • For books: limit to items in the library catalog or book reviews, for ex.
    • Consider Subject Terms
    • Limit Publication Date
    • Specify Language

Individual database searching

  • Link to a specific database -- see lists on right

Search Tips

  • Use strong keywords: Pick out the most important words/concepts in your research question. Use keywords such as those experts and scholars would use. These are usually nouns
  • Avoid terms that can be used in many settings (like effect, impact, develop)
  • Use Advanced Search and group keywords by concept: Use OR between synonyms (expands your results); use AND to combine different subjects (narrows your results)
    • dental OR teeth OR tooth OR oral
    • acid AND batteries
  • Search multiple endings of a word: Use asterisk, e.g., econom* for economy, economic, economies
  • Search exact phrases: Use double quotes. "coral reef"
  • Limit results: Choose publication years, scholarly or peer-reviewed, full text, etc.
  • Sort results: Choose most recent first or most relevant first

Math / Computer Science Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases