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Important Scholarly Databases
Try these databases first to find scholarly articles in mathematics.
Contains bibliographic information and reviews from the American Mathematical Society. Journals, conference proceedings, and books of mathematics research are covered. MathSciNet provides links to original articles and other original documents, when available.
Web of Science
Index to scholarly articles in academic journals. Includes Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. To limit your search to a discipline, look under "MORE SETTINGS" at the bottom of the search screen. See the guide: Cited Reference Searching - Web of Science/Knowledge
Other Useful Databases
Academic Search Elite
From EBSCOhost. This general database finds articles on almost any topic. Sources include scholarly journals, popular magazines, and some newspapers - use limits to restrict your search to a publication type.
Open access to 776,050 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
The Library Catalogue holds the bibliographic records of the Trent University Library holdings. These include books, maps, journal subscriptions.
A searchable A-Z listing of our indexes and databases.
Search the Trent Library's database of online journals available through our various full-text databases.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary loan is a system that allows you to request material from other libraries to be sent to Trent for you to borrow. Normally, there are no costs to use the ILL service. Plan ahead because it can take a few days or even weeks for material to be sent, depending upon availability.
Visit the RACER (ILL) page for more information.