Skip to Main Content

MATH REU: Using MathSciNet via AMS

Guide for Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates

What is MathSciNet?

MathSciNet provides reviews and bibliographic citations from Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. This includes comprehensive coverage of mathematical literature since 1940. MathSciNet also covers mathematical applications in other disciplines such as physics, economics, and computer science.

Reviews” briefly summarize an article and may evaluate its content. All reviews are available full-text online, but not every item in MathSciNet has a review. MathSciNet does not provide the original article online, only the review.

Citing, Forward and Back

When you click the MR number to read a review, you'll see References at the bottom of the page. This is the list of works cited in the current article. Click on any of their MR numbers to find out more about them.

If anyone else has cited the current article in their work, you'll see that at the upper right, under Citations: From References.

Citation trails can help you find more articles related to the one that interests you!

Basic Searching

Under the Publications search tab:

  • Make sure the search type is set to Anywhere. (If it isn't, select it from the menu next to your search box.)
  • You can use the AND/OR/NOT options to link different fields, but within the Anywhere field, the default operation is AND.
  • If you want to find an exact phrase, enclose it in quotation marks, example: "algebraic curvature tensors"

Use truncation (*) to retrieve multiple forms of words.


fibonacci numbers factor*

The term factor* retrieves factor, factorials, factorization, etc.

You can use the search form to combine different search types (such as author and title), to limit by document type (journal vs. book), or to limit by date of publication.

Viewing Results & Getting Articles

Results are always in date order, most recent first. Click the number beginning with MR to bring up the "review" or abstract of the article. Clicking PDF brings up the review in PDF format.

To find a copy of the actual article:

Click the Search for Full Text button on the right side of the screen. This runs a quick search through Pfau Library’s online journals. If the article is found online, you will get a link to it. If there's a chance the library has a paper copy, you will get a link to the Pfau Library Catalog.

If the article is not available online or in the library, CSUSB students, faculty, and staff may order it through Interlibrary Loan.

MathSciNet also links to some free journals on the Internet. To retrieve these articles, click the Article or Journal link after the citation.IMPORTANT: Most citations showing the Article or Journal button will NOT be available free. Alas, you cannot tell whether the item is available until you actually click the button.

Search Tip: Author

Researchers often specialize, so if an author has written one article on your subject, they may have written related articles.

If you find an interesting article citation, click the author's name to view other articles they wrote.

Or, use the Authors search tab to enter an author's name. Start by typing the last name, first initial, until you are able to choose the correct author from the list of results. 

Search Tip: Subject

MathSciNet classifies articles by subject, using a numbered system. These numbers are always the last elements of the article citation when you are looking at search results. Click on them to view the subject tree, then click the document icon to view all the articles having that particular subject.

Search Tip: Citations

The Citations tab takes you into a entirely different set of search options based on citation patterns (meaning: who is citing who in the research universe?)

The options in this section allow to find the most-cited articles by a particular author, from a particular journal, or in a specific subject classification. For the subject, you must know the classification number, for example: 57M25