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Mathematics Research Guide: Finding Books

This guide will help you with your mathematics library research.

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Finding Books in the MSU Libraries

To find books in the MSU Main Library, use the online catalog.  Search by author, title, or keyword.  Books are shelved by Library of Congress call number.  Mathematics call numbers generally begin with QA.


  • Mathematics Education:  QA11
  • Algebra:  QA150 - 272.5
  • Statistics and Probability:  QA273 - 280
  • Analysis: QA299.6 - 433
  • Geometry and Topology:  QA440 - 699
  • Analytic Mechanics: QA801 - 939

Mathematics Reference Books in the Main Library

Reference books provide a brief overiview of a subject and are a good place to start your research.

Electronic Books/Reference Works

MSU Libraries provides access to many electronic books.  Look in the library catalog to find them.  Included are e-books from these platforms: