Databases for Mathematics

  • Essentially a database is just a collection of information. However when we talk about databases at university then usually we're talking about bibliographic databases. A bibliographic database is a collection of references for books, journal articles, conference articles, technical papers, reports, and other publication types, that all relate to a certain topic. For example, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mobilus contains lots of references related to the automotive industries.
    Quite recently the only information contained in a bibliographic database would have been the reference details. For a journal article this would include at least the author/s, title of the article, date of publication, title of the journal, volume number, page numbers, and perhaps an abstract (an abstract is a summary of a journal article). Using the reference details you could then go and find the full-text of the journal article in a library or online. However, it is becoming more common for bibliographic databases to also contain the full-text of the items on the database, perhaps as PDF files. For example, SAE Mobilus has the full text of all the Society of Automotive Engineers technical papers from 1964 onwards as well as some items that are abstract (summary) only (i.e. all the reference details including the abstract but not the full-text).
    Bibliographic databases make research easier because they bring together a huge range of references (and sometimes the full-text articles) relating to a particular subject into a single place. As such, it is a good idea to use bibliographic databases as they will save you time and improve the range and depth of information resources that you use to write your assignments. For example, if you were researching something to do with business then you could search Business Source Complete for relevant journal articles and reports. Likewise, if you were interested in researching technical aspects of diesel engine design then you could search SAE Mobilus.
  • Key databases

    Database Details

    Academic Search Complete 

    Academic Search Complete is a large interdisciplinary database which includes some mathematics titles such as Acta Mathematica and both the Bulletin and the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. Some articles are full text, others just abstracts (summaries) of the full text.

    ACM Digital Library  

    Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) digital Library.  A full text database covering journal articles, conference proceedings, magazines and technical newsletters on the subjects of computing and information technology.  Some content for mathematics for example ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS)

    Hosted by Cornell University Library you can use this website to access e-prints in Mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science and related subjects.  

    Google Scholar

    Google Scholar contains bibliographic records for a huge range of information sources across the full spectrum of subjects, including those for engineering and mathematical subjects. There is no full text in this database, only bibliographic information and sometimes links to an external website where you may, or may not, be able to get the full text of the information source through Oxford Brookes University subscriptions.  

    IEEE Xplore Digital Library 

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) publish many of the highly-cited journals in the areas of computer science, electronic engineering and telecommunications.
    You can access the full text of IEEE and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) conference proceedings, journal articles, and IEEE standards back to 1988.


    Full text access to a range of mathematical journals such as the Journal of the American Mathematical Society and the Annals of Mathematics.  Most titles have a 3-5 year embargo.

    ScienceDirect Freedom Collection 

    ScienceDirect is a full text database from publisher Elsevier covering a range of science and mathematical and other subjects relevant titles include: Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. 


    A large collection of electronic books, videos and tutorials (Learning Paths). Although focussed on computing and information technology there is also material on mathematical topics such as algebra, combinatorics and calculus.
    Also accessible via iOS and Android apps.

    Web of Science

    Web of Science is a bibliographic database on a wide variety of interdisciplinary subjects including engineering and mathematical subjects. There are some links to the full text via Oxford Brookes University subscriptions.