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Mathematics and Computer Science Resources: Books

Library and other resources in the field.


Engineering Books : Circulating Books & Reference Books

The Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. The general classifications used in mathematics and computer science are:

QA 1-43    General mathematics
QA 101-145    Elementary mathematics, arithmetic
QA 150-272    Algebra
QA 273-280    Probability, statistics
QA 299-433    Analysis
QA 440-699    Geometry, trigonometry

OSCAR is the library's electronic catalog.  You can search for books and other materials (But not specific articles) by title, author, subject and keywords.  For print copy items on reserve, click on Course Reserves on the library homepage.

How to Search for Circulating Books in the Main Stacks or ARS (limiting the results to items you can borrow):

Go to the OSCAR Advanced Search page.

Type in your search terms in the boxes provided.  In the box called "Optional Search Limits/Sorts," under location--select University Library Main Stacks.  Do your search.

Borrowing Books

Books that can be checked out are located on the shelves or in the automated retrieval system (ARS).  If the catalog record indicates "Request from the ARS" as the item location, click on it, enter your name, and pick up your item at the Circulation Desk.  If there is no "Request from the ARS" indication, then the item is on the shelf by call number if its status is "available."

Reference Books

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks , guides, etc. can be found on the first floor and lower level reference shelves. These reference tools and others help define terminology and provide a context for the subject area. Background reading can help you choose a specific topic to pursue for your research. Reference materials are for library use only and cannot be checked out.

To search Reference Books only, follow the "How to Search..." directions above, and instead of University Main Stacks, select "University Library Reference Collection."

Not at the SCU Library?

Try LINK+. A service which allows students, faculty and staff to borrow books from a group of other university, college and public libraries. The books will be available for pickup at the the Library Circulation Desk usually within 3 days. After any search in OSCAR, you may re-do the search in LINK+ by clicking on the Search LINK+ button at the top of the screen.

We can obtain photocopies of articles and borrow books not available through LINK+ for you through our Interlibrary Loan & LINK+ service. Just follow the directions on OSCAR for an INTERLIBRARY LOAN. Items such as journal articles can be delivered to your SCU e-mail inbox. Other materials such as books that must come through the mail may take 3-10 working days.