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Mathematics Research Guide

Finding Resources in Library Search

The Library Search lists all of the books, videos, and materials at The Claremont Colleges Library.  A keyword search is usually the best way to begin.  When you find items of interest, check the catalog records for subject headings, and use the filters on the left side of the results tomodify your search. To learn how to use Library search you can find out more here.

You can also borrow physical books from other libraries with our Resource Sharing Service. For details about  policies, view the FAQ page.

Finding Books in the library

Books are a core resource in mathematics, and you'll want to use the library's catalog, WMS, as well as browsing the shelves of the math collection to find books for your research. 

WMS is our library catalog, and you can search in WMS by keyword, author, title, subject, &c. Search WMS by visiting here or by searching in the box to the left.

Browsing the collection is a great way to find valuable books that slip through a typical library catalog search.  In academic libraries in the US, books are grouped by subject and the call numbers correspond to those subjects.  You'll want the Library of Congress subject breakdown for math before you begin to browse for books in your area of interest. 
See the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information

LC Subclassifications for Mathematics

QA 1-939                  Mathematics
QA 1-43                    General Mathematics

  • 1-7 Periodicals, collections, dictionaries, etc.
  • 9-10.3 Mathematical Logic
  • 11-14 Study and Teaching, Research
  • 16-20 Special Teaching Methods and Aids
  • 21-35 History
  • 36-39 General Works (encyclopedias, textbooks)
  • 40-43 Handbooks, Manuals, Problem books, etc.

QA 47-59                   Tables
QA 71-90                   Instruments and Machines
QA 75-76.95              Calculating Machines
QA 75.5-76.95            Electronic Computers, Computer Science
QA 76.75-76.765        Computer software
QA 101-145               Elementary Mathematics, Arithmetic
QA 150-272.5            Algebra

  • 152-159 Textbooks, Treatises, Problems and exercises, Study and teaching
  • 161-165 Elementary topics. Permutations, Combinations, Partitions, Distributions
  • 171 Group Theory
  • 172-172.4 Ordered algebraic structures
  • 184-205 Linear and Multilinear Algebra, Matrices
  • 211-218 Theory of Equations
  • 241-247 Theory of Numbers
  • 248 Foundations of arithmetic
  • 251-263 Universal algebra
  • 251.4 Noncommutative algebras
  • 266 Abstract algebra

QA 273-280               Probabilities, Mathematical Statistics
QA 299.6-433            Analysis


  • 300-302 Comprehensive works, historical works
  • 303-312 Calculus
  • 315-316 Calculus of variations
  • 319-329 Functional Analysis
  • 331-355 Theory of Functions
    • 331 General, including functions of a complex variable
    • 331.5 Functions of a real variable
    • 332 Uniform functions
    • 333 Multiform functions, Riemann surfaces
    • 341 Algebraic functions
    • 342 Logarithmic, circular, and exponential functions
    • 343 Elliptic functions, elliptic integrals, modular functions
    • 345 Abelian functions (including hyperelliptic). Theta functions
    • 351 Miscellaneous special functions
    • 355 Miscellaneous special topics
  • 360 Geometric principles of Analysis. Mapping of Regions. Conformal representation
  • 370-387 Differential Equations
  • 401-433 Analytical methods connected with physical sciences

QA 440-699 Geometry, Trigonometry, Topology


  • 451-469 Elementary Geometry
  • 501-521 Descriptive Geometry
  • 531-538 Trigonometry
  • 551-563 Analytic Geometry
  • 564-581 Algebraic Geometry
  • 601-608 Transformations, Correspondences, and General Methods for Algebraic Configurations
  • 611-614 Topology
  • 615-640 Infinitesimal Geometry
  • 641-660 Projective Differential Geometry

QA 801-939 Analytic Mechanics