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Subject Guide for Applied Math

Mathematics. Often defined as the study of quantity, magnitude, and relations of numbers or symbols. It embraces the subjects of arithmetic, geometry, algebra, calculus, probability, statistics, and many other special areas of research. (Encyclopedia Britannica).


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Start your research with reference resources like dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, and manuals.


Dictionaries Directories Handbooks and Manuals Encyclopedias


+ Dictionaries

These publications provide background information, definitions and explanations of terms.

CU Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations



CU Associations Unlimited


Combined Membership List (CML)
Members of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), or the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)


Scholarly Societies--Mathematics


+ Handbooks and Manuals

CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae
Engineering Library Reference QA47 .M315


CU Dictionary of Applied Math for Engineers and Scientists


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Library of Congress Subject

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Find Articles & More Article Finder Find it at CU Find Journals in Chinook


Find Articles and More--When you need to find articles on a topic

Use the Find Articles and More website to search for a particular database by title, browse an alphabetical listing of databases by title, or find databases by subject.


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Abstracts and Indexes to Academic or Scholarly Articles (Although many databases contain links to full-text articles, when you find article citations in the index databases, you need to search Chinook to see if University Libraries own that periodical title.)


CU Current Index to Statistics
A bibliographic index to publications in statistics and related fields. References are drawn from 111 core journals that are fully indexed, non-core journals from which articles are selected that have statistical content, proceedings and edited books, and other sources. Coverage: 1975 - present.


CU Engineering Village 2—Compendex, INSPEC, and NTIS
Compendex is a comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research literature. Contains references and abstracts to engineering journals, conferences and technical reports. Subject areas include: chemical and process engineering, computers and data processing, applied physics, electronics and communications as well as civil and mechanical engineering. Includes links to full text when available. Coverage: 1884 - present.

INSPEC is a bibliographic database that indexes physics, astronomy and astrophysics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control engineering and information technology. The database contains full-text links when available. Coverage: 1898 - present.

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) database from the U.S. Department of Commerce provides access to unclassified reports from influential U.S. and international government agencies. The database contains over two million critical citations from government departments such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Most items cited in this database are available in microfiche format in the Government Publications Library. Coverage: 1964-present. 

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CU MathSciNet
Contains bibliographic citations and signed reviews of mathematical research literature. Electronic version of Current Mathematical Publications and Mathematical Reviews. The database contains full-text links when available. Coverage: 1940 - present.



This federated vertical search portal was created through the collaboration of 21 leading science and technology societies. It searches the entire electronic libraries of these societies, including more than three million documents, peer-reviewed journal content and technical conference papers, spanning 150 years of science and technology can be searched through the site. Though the search is freely available, access to many documents requries authentication. Coverage varies.


CU SIAM Journals Online
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) publishes nine peer-reviewed journals in applied mathematics. Browse or search by keyword. The database contains full-text links and citations to Math Reviews when available. Older backfiles of SIAM journals are available from its LOCUS database. Coverage: Abstracts 1995 - present. Full-text dates of coverage varies.


CU Zentralblatt Math
Indexes and abstracts topics in pure mathematics (e.g. algebra, logic, topology, geometry, analysis) , probability theory, statistics, mathematical physics, classical, solid and fluid mechanics, numerical mathematics, mathematical programming, theoretical computer science and automata theory, systems theory, control, operations research, economics, information and communication, circuits, coding, cryptography, applications in biology, chemistry, sociology, psychology. The database contains full-text links when available. Coverage: 1931 - present.




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In some article databases, you will see a "Find it at CU" link. Find it at CU will link you from citations to the full text of the desired item in another article database. For more information about Find it at CU, please see the Find it at CU FAQ. Not all databases can be set up to work with Find it at CU.


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If you do not see a link to Find it at CU, note the name of the publication where the article was published and then check Chinook (the library catalog) to see where the publication is available. [More information on deciphering citations]

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Find journals and other periodicals in Chinook:
Library of Congress Subject

Applied mathematics -- Periodicals

Library of Congress Subject

Mathematics -- Tables -- Periodicals (CRC Tables)

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Library of Congress Classification Search Chinook Prospector Interlibrary Loan


Library of Congress Classification

Books in the University Libraries are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification system. This system assigns a call number with letters and numbers to each book based on the book's subject. Once you find a good book on your subject, browse the books in that call number range to find books with similar subjects.



Call Numbers
Applied mathematics. Quantitative methods
Engineering mathematics. Engineering analysis



Chinook is the catalog for materials owned by the CU Libraries. You can do a title search for a specific book, or a keyword search if you are looking for books on a particular topic. You can also use MyChinook to manage your library account (including renewals, holds, recalls, saved searches, etc.)  

Chinook Catalog


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For Tips on developing keywords for your topic go to: How do I Choose Keywords for my search

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If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. CU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.

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Request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/ill/

If the item you are looking for is not in Chinook or Prospector, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Generally, an ILL request will take longer to be delivered than material requested through Prospector.

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These are relevant resources that are freely available on the Web.

InfoMine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections: Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Math

Mathematics WWW Virtual Library




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Citation Styles and Manuals RefWorks Tips & Strategies


Citation Styles and Manuals



Turabian (Chicago)

  • Turabian: a form of Chicago Style (PDF document)
  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    16th edition, chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003
    Sections 16 and 17.
    Call number: Z253 .C57 2003



A personal online database and bibliography creator that allows users to create a personal database online, import references automatically from multiple databases, organize references, and quickly format bibliographies and manuscripts. You will need to create a login and password. Provided by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.


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Tips & Strategies

Pick an Interesting Topic It is easier to express your own opinions and thoughts if you are interested in the topic.


Manage Your Time

Many students are tempted to plagiarize because they do not start researching and writing far enough in advance. Start your paper at least 3 weeks before the due date. Plagiarism could compromise your entire academic career. Speak to your professor if you have run out of time.


Create a Bibliography as you Research

Record the sources you consult. Include all the bibliographic information needed in your works cited (Author, Title, Pages, Publisher, Year, Volume, Issue).This will help you to cite correctly and to compile your works cited.


Take Clear Notes

Designate all direct quotes with quotation marks.

Designate when you are paraphrasing.

Electronic Research and Note taking is the same: Use quotation marks when you cut and paste.

Always note the source/ author.


Be Careful with Paraphrasing

Be sure you understand the text.

Do not look at the original source when writing your paraphrase.

Reorganize the information in your own words and in your own style.

Check to be sure you have not used the vocabulary or structure of the original work.

Mention the author near or in your paraphrase.


And Remember to Cite:

Any information that was not originally created by you:
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