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Mathematics Summer Research 2020: Databases

Welcome to Summer Research 2020!

This LibGuide will give you an introduction to literature resources you can use during your summer research. 

Caroline Gilson, the science librarian, will also be a good human resource.  She has an office in the Prevo Science Library, but is working remotely from home (as of March 16, 2020).  The DePauw Libraries are closed at this time as well, but library services are still happening online (online ILL, access to databases and e-books, access to the librarians via email, phone or video chat).

Caroline is happy to meet for a research consultation: set up an appointment by emailing

Starting Points for Research

Search Tips

Limits/Filters: Common limiters/filters are language, publication dates, article type, publication type, age groups.

Truncation symbol, [an asterisk (*), dollar sign ($), or plus sign (+), etc.], with the root/stem of a word broadens your search to include various wording endings:

child*=child or children or childhood

Wildcard symbol may also be used to replace a single character to include different spellings:

wom?n for women or woman

(Databases use different symbols so check the searching help.)

Phrase searching:  Enclose phrases in double quotation marks to search for that specific phrase (in the order that you typed them): e.g., "heart attack" "health care reform"

Find It and Interlibrary Loan

The Find It Button:  When you click on the DePauw "Find It" button within a database (to locate an article), you will be redirected to a web page that searches for print and online access to the journal you are seeking.  If there's no match for the article you are seeking, you can make and Interlibrary Loan (ILL request).


ILL Requests:  For Summer 2020, ILL requests are for online articles.  If you need help locating ebooks, try the DePauw Libraries Discovery Search (on the Libraries home page).  You can also try searching the National Emergency Library, where scanned books are freely available to all for the foreseeable future.