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This subject covers: the mathematics underlying statistical methods. See also Government, U.S. (Statistical Resources), and Statistics, Applied, or specific disciplines for particular applications.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Current Index to Statistics Extended Database is the Internet version of Current Index to Statistics, Applications, Methods and Theory, from the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. CIS is a bibliographic index to publications in statistics and related fields. It includes coverage, in most cases from 1974 (or first issue if later) to the present (currently, volumes published in 1998) from 106 "core journals" (and pre-1974 coverage for a number of them), selected articles since 1974 from about 900 additional journals, and about 8000 books in statistics published since 1974. Each year, the CIS-ED is updated with an additional year of coverage.

A comprehensive index, with abstracts, to the research literature of mathematics. Corresponds to the print indexes Mathematical Reviews (MR) and Current Mathematical Publications (CMP). Published by the American Mathematical Society.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Indexes, Other

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Provides brief factual information on approximately 130,000 living scientists in biology, physical sciences, public health, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Includes birthdate, education, professional career, and honors received.

Provides authoritative, in-depth biographical articles on deceased scientists from classical antiquity to modern times. Each article includes bibliographies of works by and about the scientist who is the subject of the article. For biographical information on living scientists, check American Men and Women of Science or other sources.

Provides over 1000 biographies of mathematicians, 200 of which are quite detailed.



The Online Encyclopaedia of Mathematics is an up-to-date, comprehensive, graduate-level reference work. This online edition comprises more than 8,000 entries and illuminates nearly 50,000 notions in mathematics; it contains mathematical definitions, concepts, explanations, surveys, examples, terminology and methods. The Encyclopaedia of Mathematics is updated on a regular basis, integrating the contents of the classic set (edited by Michiel Hazewinkel) and its separate update volumes.

The Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences provides information on statistical theory and the applications of statistical methods in various scientific fields. This second edition collects the entire original edition plus supplements and updates (16 volumes of the print reference).

General Reference Works

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

By Graham Upton and Ian Cook. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2006. "Dictionary of Statistics covers a broad range of statistical vocabulary in jargon-free language. It includes terms used in computing, mathematics, operational research, and probability, as well as biographical information on over 200 key figures in the field, and coverage of statistical journals and societies. It embraces the whole multi-disciplinary spectrum of this complex subject, and will be invaluable for students and professionals from a wide range of disciplines, including politics," Available online for full-text searching.

Gateways & Megasites

Web Sites

Combined Membership List of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges.

MathWorld is a comprehensive and interactive mathematics encyclopedia, assembled by internet encyclopedist Eric W. Weisstein with assistance from the mathematics and internet communities. [Related book: CRC concise encyclopedia of mathematics by Eric W. Weisstein]

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Writing Guides

The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized.

Library Information

Mathematics Library

310 Vincent
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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