Mathematics and Statistics Guide


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This guide provides links to resources for Math & Stats students and is designed to make navigation quick and efficient.  Quality navigation is critical! It does save you time and effort. If you need help finding information or would like to suggest resources that need to be included in this guide, please contact one of the librarians listed on the side.

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Information sources

Adapted from UC San Diego guide


The primary sources are where original research is reported. A primary source gives you direct access to the subject of your research. Over time, this information makes its way into secondary sources, while the tertiary sources are the resources used to search for primary and secondary sources. Primary sources are more credible as evidence, however, good research practice is to use both primary and secondary sources. 




Journal Abbreviations

Sometimes when working with journal articles and citations you will need to know either the full title for an abbreviation or having the full title, you will need to provide a recognized authoritative abbreviation.


The resources below are some recommended databases for research in Mathematics and Statistics.

Key Resources

  • Current Index to Statistics
    CIS extended database is a bibliographic database covering the entire contents of core statistics literature from 1975 to present, with some coverage of older core journals. Selected non-core journals indexed for articles with statistical content.
    Unlimited simultaneous users
  • MathSciNet
    MathSciNet "is a comprehensive database covering the world's mathematical literature."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
    "Open access to 674,613 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics"--Home page.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Google Scholar
    Google Scholar searches a subset of the Web that Google has classified as "scholarly literature". They do not publish a list of chosen sites, and they do not state how often sites are checked. Some important sources are not covered at all. Thus, Google Scholar alone should not be relied on for comprehensive research.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • Chemical Abstracts (SciFinder Web)
    Produced by the American Chemical Society, this is considered to be the most current and comprehensive information source for literature in chemistry and related sciences such as: proteomics, genomics, biochemistry, biochemical genetics, engineering and physics.
    Unlimited simultaneous users
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library (Current & Archive)
    The IEEE Xplore Digital Library is a powerful resource for discovery and access to both current and archival scientific and technical content published by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. This resource provides Web access to almost 3-million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics, including:
    IEEE journals, transactions, and magazines, including early access documents
    IEEE conference proceedings
    IET journals
    IET conference proceedings
    IEEE published standards
    IEEE Standards Dictionary Online
    Note: limited to 10 simultaneous users.

    10 simultaneous users.
  • Inspec (Engineering Village)
    "Inspec is the world’s leading bibliographic database, providing comprehensive access to the world's scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering. First published in 1898 as the Scientific Abstracts, Inspec now contains close to 10 million bibliographic records taken from more than 3850 scientific and technical journals and 2200 conference proceedings, as well as numerous books, reports, dissertations and patents, many with full-text linking."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Scopus
    Scopus, a multidisciplinary online resource, will be invaluable to students and faculty in various fields of study within the sciences, health sciences and the social sciences. Scopus offers full-text linking, abstracting-and-indexing information including peer-reviewed titles from international publishers, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, quality web sources.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Key Full-Text Journal Sources

Additional Full-Text Journal Sources

Journal Abbreviations

Sometimes when working with journal articles and citations you will need to know either the full title for an abbreviation or having the full title, you will need to provide a recognized authoritative abbreviation.

Books and Reports

Searching for books at UNB Library ...

To search for books at UNB Libraries, use UNB WorldCat. UNB WorldCat identifies books held by UNB Libraries and beyond. UNB WorldCat has also added millions of articles that are searched along with entries for books. 

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To browse the shelves for books in Forestry at the Science & Forestry Library, try the following ranges:

QA1-43 General
QA47-59 Tables
QC 170-197 Atomic Physics
Instruments and machines
    Calculating machines
    Electronic computers. Computer science
      Computer software
QA101-(145) Elementary mathematics. Arithmetic
QA150-272.5 Algebra
QA273-280 Probabilities. Mathematical statistics
QA299.6-433 Analysis
QA440-699 Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology
QA801-939 Analytic mechanics

Searching for government documents ... 

For those government documents which are available online, try using Google Custom Search (follow the link below).


Looking for more? Try the Government Resources by Jurisdiction link (once you are on the webpage, scroll down to see links to all resources), or contact the Government Documents staff for assistance. 


Searching for reports, departmental publications, etc. ...

Try the NEW Federal Science Library (FSL) information hub. The Federal Science Library (FSL) is a one-stop, self-serve portal where you can access library services and search the print collections and repositories of seven science-based departments and agencies from a single place. Wherever possible, departmental publications, reports, data sets, and other content are freely available for anyone to access or download.


Facts & Other Resources

  When researching a new topic it is often helpful to get an overview, explanations of unfamiliar terms, or brief factual information. The print and electronic resources listed below include selected reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, and standards) for the field of Math & Stats. To find additional reference materials, check WorldCat (the library catalogue) or our Reference Materials database.

Key Resources

  • Concise Oxford dictionary of mathematics, The
    "This invaluable resource will guide general readers and students alike through the often bewildering maze of equations and theorems encountered within the mathematical universe. Covering everything in the field, from pure and applied mathematics to statistics, it also covers areas of more general interest, such as fractals, game theory, and chaos. Brief biographical sketches are provided of the great mathematicians."
    5 simultaneous users.
  • Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics, The [ENG-REF QA276.14 .E84 2002]

    If you use statistics and need a useful, up-to-date reliable sourcebook of simple definitions and explanations of statistical and statistics-related concepts, then look no further than this dictionary. Over 3,500 terms are defined, a 16% increase over the first edition, covering medical, survey, theoretical, applied statistics, and other topics. The second edition features new entries in the areas of genetics and bioinformatics, and includes short biographies of over 100 important statisticians. The majority of definitions include a reference to a book or article where the user can seek an extended account of a term, and many are accompanied by graphical material to aid understanding. Brian Everitt is Head of the Biostatistics and Computing Department at the Institute of Psychiatry in the University of London. He is the author of nearly forty books on statistics and over eighty journal articles. He has served on numerous journal editorial boards and international conference committees, and is a well-known figure in the world of statistics and statistical computing. 1st Edition (1998) Hb. 0-521-59346-8 Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.


Additional Resources

  • Dictionary of Analysis, Calculus, and Differential Equations [HIL-REF QA5 .D53 2000]

    Provides comprehensible, working definitions of mathematical expressions, for scientists engineers, mathematicians, economists, technical writers, and computer programmers. Contains some 2,500 detailed definitions written in a clear, readable style, complete with alternative meanings and related references. Includes terms associated with analysis, calculus, and differential equations, with natural overlap into differential geometry, algebraic geometry, topology, and related areas. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Dictionary of Applied Math for Engineers and Scientists
  • Concise Encyclopedia of Statistics, The
  • CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics [SCI-REF QA5 .W45 1999]

    The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics is a compendium of mathematical definitions, formulas, figures, tabulations, #38; references. Its informal style makes it accessible to a broad spectrum of readers with a diverse range of mathematical backgrounds #38; interests. This fascinating, useful book draws connections to other areas of mathematics #38; science as well as demonstrates its actual implementation - providing a highly readable, distinctive text diverging from the all-too-frequent specialized jargon #38; dry formal exposition. Through its thousands of explicit examples, formulas, #38; derivations, The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics gives the reader a flavor of the subject without getting lost in minutiae - stimulating his or her thirst for additional information #38; exploration. This book serves as handbook, dictionary, #38; encyclopedia - extensively cross-linked #38; cross-referenced, not only to other related entries, but also to web sites on the Internet. Standard mathematical references, combined with a few popular ones, are also given at the end of most entries, providing a resource for more reading #38; exploration. In The CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, the most useful #38; interesting aspects of the topic are thoroughly discussed, enhancing technical definitions. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

  • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences [ENG-REF QA276.14 .E5 1982]
  • CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae [multiple locations QA47 .M315 30th]
  • Transforms and Applications Handbook, The
    Highlighting the use of transforms and their properties, this title offers an introduction to signals and systems, including properties of the delta function and some classical orthogonal functions. It then details different transforms, including lapped, Mellin, wavelet, and Hartley varieties.
  • Handbook of Mathematical Formulas and Integrals

    The updated Handbook is an essential reference for researchers and students in applied mathematics, engineering, and physics. It provides quick access to important formulas, relations, and methods from algebra, trigonometric and exponential functions, combinatorics, probability, matrix theory, calculus and vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, Fourier series, orthogonal polynomials, and Laplace transforms.


While there is a wealth of information freely available on the internet, not all sites are created equal. Careful evaluation is a critical part of doing research on the Internet. See the Using the Web module of UNB LILT (Library Information Literacy Tutorial) for more details. Additional resources for finding internet sites are available from the Brief Guide to Internet Sites. Below are some recommended sites:

General Sites


Other Sites

Citing Sources

Accurate, properly formatted footnotes, reading lists, and bibliographies are hallmarks of good academic research. Through citing, you acknowledge the source of any ideas you mention in your writing, document the "pedigree" of your research, and provide the information your readers need to track down your sources.

Numerous citation styles exist, and each specifies what elements are required (title, author, journal name, etc.) and how the citation should be formatted.  Consult your course syllabus or check with your instructor to be sure of using the correct citation style for your assignment.

Zotero and  Mendeley are popular citation management programs that can help you manage your references and can produce bibliographies in hundreds of styles. 


Theses and Dissertations

What is a thesis?

Thesis or dissertation is an original document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings. (International Standard ISO 7144: Documentation-Presentation of theses and similar documents

In Canada and US thesis is a project that marks the end of a Master's (MSc) program, while the dissertation is produced at the end of a doctoral (Ph.D.) program. In some universities, however, dissertation and thesis are seen as the same thing. 

Finding a thesis and dissertation 



ProQuest UNB theses and UNB Scholar Research Repository  or UNB Theses & Dissertations Database  

Other Universities

Library and Archives Canada (Canada Theses Portal) 



EThOS e-theses online 

this database claims to include all UK theses starting from the 1600s



Sudoc catalogue (Système Universitaire de Documentation)



Digital dissertation library (Электронная библиотека диссертаций



use the following sites to browse theses and dissertations from around the world: 

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global 

PhDData (holds doctoral dissertations in progress around the world)

CRL (Center for Research Libraries)

Working on Assignments and Preparing Presentations

Guides to Scientific Writing and Presentations

It is sometimes difficult to know how to approach writing a scientific paper or how to go about preparing a presentation. The list of print and electronic resources accessible from Internet Resources for Scientific Writing may help you to get started.

Another helpful source which covers scientific communication more generally and oral presentations more specifically are provided via Nature Education's site, Scitable.

Concept map (or mind map) is a diagram that depicts suggested relationships between concepts. Concept (or mind ) mapping is a technique for visualizing these relationships. A number of programs are designed and freely available to help you build a concept map. Here are some examples:  

Cmap - free concept mapping software

MindMup - free online mind mapping tool


Presenting Research Project 

If you want to learn how to create a stunning poster take a look at this course Creating a Stunning Scientific Poster -- Best Practices. The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of graphic design, and help you understand how these principles can guide the effective design of a scientific conference poster.  

If you are preparing an oral presentation and want to see some tips take look at this tool 

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