Everything in Its Right Place: An Expert Guide to Searching with MathSciNet, Part I

Masthead logo of the Notices of the American Mathematical SocietyIn the September issue of the Notices Amer. Math. Soc., I have a column that is Part I of a guide to using MathSciNet.  This part focuses on Publications Searches, which are the most common searches.  Part 2 will be in the October 2019 issue of the Notices.  It will cover Author Searches and Journals Searches.

About Edward Dunne

I am the Executive Editor of Mathematical Reviews. Previously, I was an editor for the AMS Book Program for 17 years. Before working for the AMS, I had an academic career working at Rice University, Oxford University, and Oklahoma State University. In 1990-91, I worked for Springer-Verlag in Heidelberg. My Ph.D. is from Harvard. I received a world-class liberal arts education as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University.
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One Response to Everything in Its Right Place: An Expert Guide to Searching with MathSciNet, Part I

  1. Ian Gordon says:

    Ed, thanks for this and the posts, I really appreciated your last post @

    Dunne, E. (2019). Math Reviews News: Looking at the mathematics literature. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 66(02), 227-230. https://doi.org/10.1090/noti1799

    I’m finishing up a multi-site, qualitative study on academic mathematicians information seeking behaviors that included a survey and series of interviews with colleagues at four Ontario universities and falls closely behind a similar chemistry study published last year @

    Gordon, I. D., Meindl, P., White, M., & Szigeti, K. (2018). Information seeking behaviors, attitudes, and choices of academic chemists. Science & Technology Libraries, 37(2), 130-151. https://doi.org/10.1080/0194262X.2018.1445063

    MathSciNet is note the focus of this study, but it made one of the seven emergent themes listed below we are refining as part of the write up. I am the lead investigator for this study and would love to connect with you or anyone in September as we vet and refine our findings. Here are our tentative themes to date:

    Math Happens So Slowly
    In Search of a Better Database
    Too Many Papers – Not Enough Time
    I Could Do Better
    MathSciNet in a Google World
    To Collaborate or Not
    Democratization: Open Mathematics or Not?

    Thanks again to everyone at AMS, connect if you wish.

    Ian Gordon
    Brock University Library

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