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Mathematics

An overview of researching math-related topics.

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Mathematics books can be found in the QA section on the second floor of the library. Many of the books the library owns are now accessible as ebooks, so make sure to check our online catalog in addition to the shelves.

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Using Ebooks

Books Matter

Books and journal articles are the most common way to access scholarly research in your field, but each has advantages and disadvantages. Books take longer to research, write, and publish, so the information is not as current as in journal articles, which are shorter and slightly faster to publish.  However, because they are longer and took more time to produce, books offer more thorough coverage of a topic, draw on a wider range of preexisting scholarship, and often excel in placing an argument in broader thematic and disciplinary context.

Consider a scholarly book in your own research, and look for the following:

  • Helpful introduction and overview of the topic;
  • Comprehensive literature review, outlining the major scholars and existing points of view on the topic;
  • Detailed study of the topic, usually broken down into manageable chapters;
  • Extensive bibliography to help you and other scholars find related works on the topic.

Have a question? Ask a librarian! Email libref@stetson.edu. Call or text 386-747-9028.