Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in mathematics classes.
You'll need a College of DuPage Library card in order to use most of the resources below from off campus. If your card is not working, it may need to be reactivated.
If you need additional help, use my contact information at the right or contact a reference librarian.
Mathematics Reference Books
Use reference sources to discover background information on a topic. This will help you to refine your search in the catalog and databases (as well as your thesis!).
Check out the reference works by topic below. If you're not sure about where to get started, the Gale Virtual Reference Library has great online encyclopedias that will get you started.
Looking for an obscure or confusing topic? Reference Universe is another good resource that will pull up entries in both our online and print encyclopedias.
General Math Reference
- Encyclopedia of Mathematics. Reference QA 5 .T34 2005
- Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society. Online.
- The Facts on File Dictionary of Mathematics. Reference QA 5 .F35 2005
- The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. Online.
- VNR Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics.
Specialized Math Reference
- CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics. Reference QA 5 .W45 2003
- CRC Standard Probability and Statistics Tables and Formulae. Reference QA 273.3 .Z95 2000
- Encyclopedia of Algorithms. Online.
- Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae. Reference QA 47 .M315 2003
Reference Works about Mathematicians
Study for Class
Looking to get a little extra study time in or brush up on a former class before diving into the new one? The library has many options for you.
One of the easiest ways to study online is to use the Learning Express Library, which offers online practice quizzes in a variety of math subjects, practice problems (with explanations), and ebooks. To use, click College Center and then Math Skills. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to select a subject and study option. You'll need to create a personal account to take the practice quizzes.
We also have a wide range of print study guides, including the "... For Dummies" series, Schaum's Outlines, and visual guides to a variety of math subjects. See below:
- Basic Math: QA 101- QA 145
- Algebra: QA 150- QA 272.5
- Geometry: QA 440-...
- Trigonometry: QA 531
- Probability/Statistics: QA 273- QA 280
- Calculus: QA 303-...
Finding Mathematics Books
Looking for information on a specific topic? Mathematics books can be found in the QA section of the library. Feel free to head to the shelves and browse or ask for help in finding the right book.
You can also discover what books we own by searching the catalog. Search using two terms if possible (such as statistics and sample size) to get topics that are helpful.
The Library owns many Mathematics films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Lists of course-support video material is included. Check the list of titles:
The Library subscribes to databases that provide access to thousands of popular and scholarly journals. Request copies of articles that are not available in the databases through Interlibrary Loan for free.
Best Bets: Articles
- Academic Search Complete
This database covers a wide variety of mathematical topics, including including popular and scholarly articles. Find current events and academic research.
- Academic OneFile
Academic OneFile also covers popular and scholarly topics in mathematics.
- Science Direct
Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu.
- JSTOR has access to some current and historical mathematical journals, which you can search.
Best Bets: Data for Statistics
Looking for some raw data to manipulate? Check out the following sources:
Don't see what you're looking for here? Try the full list of math and science databases.
See the words Find This underneath an article citation rather than a PDF or HTML link? Click on Find This to launch a new tab that will tell you if the article is in another database. If you see "Full Text is Available" on the next screen, click on "View Full Text" to launch one more tab that with the article.
If you see the words "Online Resource Not Found", then click the "Request this Item" link in the upper right of the screen to ask that the library get you a copy. You should get a PDF copy of the article emailed to you in about a week.
Don't see the Find It! on the article link, or getting citations from an article? First check our journal locator to see what journals we have access to.
Can't find the journal you're looking for? Use one of our forms to request an article or a book.
- Khan Academy
Links to over 4,000 streaming videos, explanations of concepts in basic to advanced math plus physics, finance and many other fields. Practice exercises check learning.
- Interact Math
Tutorial exercises to accompany Pearson (Addison Wesley and Prentice-Hall) textbooks. Choose your text (or one in the math field you are studying) and work through exercises on topics desired.
- Math Reference Tables
Useful tables ranging from addition/multiplication to Fourier series. Helpful links to other math websites.
Learn how to solve problems in algebra, calculus, trigonometry and basic math by watching short videos by students and teachers.
Steaming video lessons checked for accuracy, presented by instructors whose methods match many different learning styles. Middle school through college level instruction.
Mathematics encyclopedia explaining hundreds of mathematical terms, sometimes with animations to make the description more clear.
- Wolfram Functions Site
From Wolfram Research, a compendium of over 300,000 formulas and 10,000 visualizations of functions.
Fractals & Chaos
- Chaos Theory and Fractals
Short introduction to the essentials of chaos and fractals.
- Mandelbrot Explorer
Set the desired zoom factor to view a graphical representation of a portion of a Mandelbrot set.
History of Mathematics
- Famous Problems in the History of Mathematics
From Math Forum, a guide to some of the great problems in mathematics.
- Links to Web Sites on the History of Mathematics
Links to websites for the history of math, including links to biography sites, museums, exhibits, and student presentations, from the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
- MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
Extensive collection of biographies of mathematicians with essays on mathematics through history or in different cultures.
- Women in Mathematics
Educational issues, biographies, organizations, and weblinks pertaining to women in mathematics from the Canadian Mathematical Society.
Find directions about how to cite your sources on the library citation guide.
Finally, you are welcome to use NoodleBib if you'd like to use a program to create and organize your citations. You must "Create a New Folder" when you use NoodleBIB for the first time. Click on "I am citing a(n):," choose the type of item you are citing, and then fill in the online form. Your bibliography will be formatted for you.
Worried About Patchwriting and/or Plagiarism?
Check out the Paraphrasing or Patchwriting guide.