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Algebra - Buck: Finding Books

Finding Books at UIUC and Beyond

Use the UIUC Online Catalog to search for books. Try using the Library of Congress Subject Headings, "Mathematics" or "Mathematics--History" to get started.

If a book is not available at UIUC . . . 

  • I-Share - Searches for items in more than 80 academic libraries in Illinois, including UIUC.
  • WorldCat - Searches for items in libraries throughout the world.

At home without time to request a book? Click on Advanced Search and limit your search to electronic (e-book) sources! You can also do your subject search first, and then limit the results to e-books.

You can also try Google Books, but you'll only have access to snippets of most of the books in your results list.

 

Narrow Your Search to Books at Uni Library

Here is how to find books at Uni using the UIUC Online Catalog.

1. First do a search in the UIUC Online Catalog.

2. Once you have your search results, use the sidebar on the right side to limit your search results by LOCATION.

Narrow your search.

3. Write down the call number and search the stacks at Uni for your book!

General Mathematics

  • Books about math can generally be found under the call number 510.
  • You can search for books about math in the UIUC catalog by searching for "mathematics" as a subject heading.
  • The Uni High Library has the following books in our reference section:

History of Mathematics

  • The Uni High Library has several books on the history of mathematics, and most are under the call number 510.9.
  • You can search for books about the general history of mathematics in the UIUC catalog by searching for "Mathematics--History" as a subject heading. You might want to try more specific searches as well, such as "Mathematics--History--16th century" or "Mathematics--History--China." Try browsing the list of subject headings that comes up when you search for "Mathematics--History" for a subject heading that would be more specific to your topic.
  • The Uni High Library has the following books in our reference section:

Mathematicians

  • Some books about mathematicians can be found in the call number range of 510.92 - 510.924. You could also check the Biographies section if you are writing about a very famous mathematician, but it isn't a very large selection.
  • You can search for books about specific mathematicians in the UIUC catalog by searching by subject heading and entering the mathematicians name LastName, FirstName.
  • The Uni High Library has the following book in our reference section:

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