This guide identifies the most useful resources for Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science and keeps you up to date with library skills and news for your subject area.

Getting Started using the Library

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your online reading list and LibrarySearch.

You’ll be able to discover key books and journal articles from both of these. Digital items will be linked from here and may require your Kent Login to access, whilst physical items will generally be found on Floor 1  Block B.

Books and Ebooks

We have a large collection of books in the library for mathematics, statistics and actuarial science as well as related topics in computing, finance and data science.

As well as using LibrarySearch. You might also want to browse the following ebook collections for a specific topic:

  • SpringerLink– good range of research books in mathematics and statistics. Filter by discipline.
  • Science Direct – covering a range of mathematics topics. Filter by domain.
  • Cambridge Core -browse by ‘mathematics’ or ‘statistics and probability’ 

More advice on how to find and use e-books

Journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to type a few keywords for your topic in LibrarySearch. If we subscribe to it in print or digital a link will be provided to help you find it.

If you have a specific journal article you are looking for you can use Google Scholar.  This will show you if it is freely available elsewhere and you can also set your browser to link to any content we subscribe to.

To check if the Library has access to a particular e-journal title, or to browse journals, use the journal title search.

Researching for Assignments

For some assignments you will need to go beyond your reading list and do your own independent research. The Library subscribes to a number of subject databases helping you to find academic books and journal articles on your chosen topic.

Subject Specific databases:

  • MathSciNet:– a key resource for mathematics and statistics containing reviews, abstracts and bibliographical information in the field of mathematical science

  • ZB MATH : – a large abstracting and reviewing service in pure and applied mathematics. It contains more than 3.5 million bibliographic entries with reviews or abstracts from more than 3,000 journals and serials and 170,000 books.
  • Current Index to Statistics: – a bibliographic index of journals and books in statistics, probability, and related fields
  • Project Euclid (developed by Cornell University)- platform for small scholarly publishers of mathematics and statistics journals; over 70% of the journals are openly available

General indexes:

  • Web of Science – large database providing full text and abstracts (article summaries) for peer-reviewed literature.
  • Scopus – multi-disciplinary database providing full text and abstracts (article summaries) for peer-reviewed literature.

Check out the digital resources directory to find others that might be useful to your studies.

Useful websites

These resources are freely available on the web:

  • ArXiv: access to full text, open access research papers covering physics, mathematics and computer science, including articles that haven’t yet been peer-reviewed or published
  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institution (MSRI)– a freely available book series, published by Cambridge University Press

Professional organisations and societies