Guide to Online Mathematics Resources

Contents for Mathematics


Good Starting Places: Reference Books

Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

Encyclopedias & Handbooks 





Finding more electronic books

To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password. Type a word or phrase describing the subject in the search space below:

Other E-Texts

ERAM Electronic Research Archive for Mathematics/Jahrbuch Database
Over 17,000 facsimiles of documents of importance in the history of mathematics. The site is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. There are two parts: A literature database based on the "Jahrbuch über die Fortschritte der Mathematik" (1868-1942), and an archive of digitised mathematical publications at the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen.


Finding Articles on Your Subject

All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a location other than Chemeketa Community College, remember to click the link marked, "Off-campus users."

Journal Article Databases 

These tools index and/or provide full text access to articles in magazines, newspapers, and scholarly or professional journals.


You may need to combine multiple search terms to find articles on your topic. Many databases have an Advanced Search screen that has find a form for entering multiple terms.

picture of Gale Advanced Search screen

TIP: When using keywords, try truncating: theor* finds theory, theories, theoretical, etc. (* is the truncation character for Gale).

If you find an article that meets your needs, look at its description for additional terms you can use to search.

Academic OneFile [Gale] More information about this database
Has journals in all subjects. Click the box for limiting to documents with full text.
Education Full Text More information about this database
Includes math education journals.
JSTOR More information about this database
JSTOR is a digital archive of journal articles, including journals of music, dance, and theater.. You may find it helpful to click on Advanced Search. Check off Article under Item Type; this will eliminate book reviews from your search results.

picture of JSTOR advanced screen

Mathematics Archive (arXiv)
Abstract & full-text database of technical papers on mathematics subjects. To view abstract, click the "abs" link. To download text of an entry, click the "pdf" link to find a button which will create a .PDF file, readable by Adobe Acrobat Reader. ArXiv is maintained by U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Finding Images

You may wish to find photos or diagrams of your subject.

Britannica ImageQuest is a searchable database of more than two million images. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.

To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.


Internet Sites

Search mathematics sites with our customized search tool, or browse the descriptions below.


Browsing List

Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center' -
Links to over 5,000 calculators for all kinds of purposes. Almost any calculation you might need to make is covered: mortgages, energy savings, flooring, conversions, you name it. For example, under the "Distance & Location" link, you'll find the GREAT CIRCLE CALCULATOR by E. Williams, which computes true course and distance between two points on the earth.
Wolfram Mathworld -
Outstanding site on all aspects of mathematics.


Finding Additional Resources

See a list of printed reference books.

Finding other books and and audiovisual materials 

Use the library catalog to look for additional materials

  • The catalog page includes instructions on using the catalog, as well as links to other library catalogs
  • You can search by key words, by authors, or by subject headings
  • A suggestion on where to find subject headings to use in the catalog is given below

picture of catalog screen

Fig. 1. The library catalog search

The Library of Congress has a arrow showing important tip Web site where you can search for subject headings. When you put in a search term, the results will list terms in a table. Those with a red button marked, "Authorized and references" are terms that the Library of Congress uses in subject catalogs. Clicking the button may show more specific ("narrower") terms.

You may have to do several searches in the library catalog to find books that might be pertinent to your subject. Try different combinations of key words.

If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district. You can request books through the catalog, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).


Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 37 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the barcode number from their ID card, and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.

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Updated: 16 July 2013