The University of Hawaii at Manoa subscribes to several mathematics databases, but this guide will focus on MathSciNet, one of the most popular and most comprehensive databases.
MathSciNet is the digital version of a publication by the American Mathematical Society called Mathematical Reviews. It is technically an abstract and citations database, which means that the database contains abstracts and citations and not the full text of articles. Despite this, many articles are available to read/download directly from MathSciNet.
MathSciNet is a subscription service. In order to get the most out of UHM's subscription, it is important to log into MathSciNet through the library's proxy so that it recognizes that you are a UHM student.
1. Go to the library's website (library.manoa.hawaii.edu) and click on the Online Databases/Indexes link.
2. From this screen, there are three ways to find MathSciNet. (You can also search Voyager for MathSciNet and follow the link there.)
3. Whichever way you choose, you should end up on this page. (If you plan to use MathSciNet regularly, this is the page you should bookmark.)
4. You may be asked to log in with your UH username and password (the username and password you use to access your UH email) and then you will be redirected to the MathSciNet website.
MathSciNet has four kinds of searches:
These are the search fields available in MathSciNet. Click on the name of the field for more information.
|Author||Author's name only|
|Author/Related||Author's name plus editors, translators etc.|
|Title||Title of original article|
|Review Text||Any text in the body of the review|
|Institution Code||The code assigned to a specific institution|
|MSC Primary/Secondary||Primary or secondary Mathematics Subject Classification|
|MSC Primary||Primary Mathematics Subject Classification|
|MR Number||Number of item in MathSciNet|
|Anywhere||All of the bibliographic, classification, and review information|
|References||All reference lists|
If you plan to include the author's name as part of your search, the best way to do this is to use the Authors search. Authors sometimes publish papers using variations of their name. The easiest way to search all their name variations is to use the Authors search.
When searching by author anywhere on MathSciNet, make sure to use the format Last Name, First Name (or Initial). Don't forget the comma!
Once you find the right record, click on it for more information and options. Here is an example of an author's record:
To add all variations of the author's name to your search, click on Refine Search.
This will take you back to the Publications search page with the author field pre-filled for you.
You can add more search terms if you wish, and click "Search."
The Journals Search lets you get the full name of a journal from its abbreviation or ISSN. You can also browse specific issues of journals and get access to the articles of some titles. To get there, click on the Journals tab.
Suppose you found a citation for an article you would like to read in something called Ann. Pure Appl. Logic. You can type that into the search box:
Here is the result of the search:
When you are browsing the contents of an issue, some articles will be available for viewing. If the Article link is not grayed out, you can click on it to access the article. (Click image for bigger version.)
The citations search can tell you how often an author or journal has been cited and where they were cited. Citations can give you clues about how influential an author or journal is, and can provide good suggestions for further reading on your topic of research.
To search for citations, click on the Citations tab.
You will see a new search screen with new tabs to choose from:
The wildcard character is an asterisk ( * ).
To prevent the search from automatically including the plural (or singular) form, use a bang ( ! ):
The Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT are recognized. Use parentheses if necessary.
Quotation marks ( " ) are unnecessary because search terms are assumed to be phrases.
TeX code is optional and do not affect search results
More information about searching can be found here.