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Research Guides@Tufts


A guide to the major resources for mathematics.

Locating Books

In the Tufts Catalog, all resources are classified using the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Broad subject headings include:

  • Mathematics (including many subheadings)
  • Algebra
  • Equations
  • Geometry
  • Logic, Symbolic and mathematical
  • Set theory
  • Statistics

In addition, subject headings exist for mathematics as a subheading of another subject, e.g. Architecture - Mathematics or Algebra of Currents.

In most Tufts libraries, print resources are shelved according to the alphanumeric Library of Congress Classification (LCC) System. Relevant LCC Call Number ranges for mathematics include:

  • QA Mathematics
  • QA1-43 General mathematics
  • QA75.5-76.95 Computer science
  • QA76.75-76.765 Computer software
  • QA101-145 Elementary mathematics. Arithmetic
  • QA150-272.5 Algebra
  • QA273-299 Probabilities. Mathematical statistics. Numerical analysis
  • QA273-280 Statistics
  • QA440-699 Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology
  • QA801-939 Analytic mechanics

In addition, sources on mathematics as applied to a specific discipline are shelved in that discipline:

  • HB135-147 Econometrics (as a subcategory of economics)
  • QT or R853 Biomedical calculations (as a subcategory of biomedicine)

Electronic Book Collections

Monograph Series

Handbooks & Tables

Handbook Search Tip: Search in the Tufts Catalog in the Title or Subject fields for combinations of mathematics terms alongside reference type, such as Handbook, Encyclopedia, Dictionary, or Manual.  Strongly-focused mathematics print references are located in the QA section of the stacks; specialty publications may be located in other sections, such as economics, health and medicine, engineering, and other areas of applied mathematics.


See the section on Mathematical Notation for additional sources.