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This a general research guide for OSU mathematics department courses with a research component.

Locating books

Use 1Search from the library's home page to search for books in the Valley Library, OSU branch libraries, and Summit Libraries. 

Limit to items in the OSU Libraries (Library Catalog)

Choose the At OSU Libraries only scope to search all of the OSU Libraries collections. This includes Guin, Vet Med, and OSU Cascades.


A screenshot of OSU Libraries scope



How do I find Ebooks?

To search for an ebook, use the OSU Libraries scope. Click on the View Online tab to link to the ebook. You will need to log in with your ONID information to view the ebook contents.

How do I get a book from another library?

You can request a book from another library (Summit or Worldcat) using our Interlibrary Loan service.

If the availability of the items says Check Holdings, that means we either do not own the item or it is currently checked out.

Click on the Availability & Request Options tab

Click Request the item from another library.

sample search academic search result showing where to view the source online and where to find print versions





Find Books

The library collection is arranged by call numbers which allow browsing by subject (you can do this via the catalog, too) -- so if you find a books or journals of interest, very likely the titles on either side will be on the same subject.  If you are physically browsing the collection, math titles are located on the 1st floor in the following call numbers:

QA1-43           General mathematics

QA47-59         Tables

QA71-90          Instruments and machines

QA101-145      Elementary mathematics

QA150-272.5   Algebra 

QA273-280      Probabilities. Mathematical statistics

QA299.6-433   Analysis 

QA440-699      Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology

QA801-939      Analytic mechanics