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Research Preparation for BSc in Math Final Year Project: Find Journal Articles and Proceedings

Support final year Math student in the progress of completing their Honours Project

Manage your sources

 Overview

The landscape of academia is evolving fast. Journal articles and conference proceedings/transactions are the places where you can find most up-to-date information to a research topic/area.  When researchers make a breakthrough in their research field and would like to publicly announce it, sharing their research findings with their peers at conferences and/or submitting a paper to a journal would be their first choices.

How to find these journal articles/conferences?

In short, two options:

#1 Via search engines or database where these papers are indexed
#2 Directly from the journal publishers or the conference organizers' official website

Since normally we begin researching our topic by "keyword" searches, it is more effective to search databases rather than individual publisher sites. Searching databases normally can yield results which were published on a wide variety of platforms. Therefore, option #1 is more commonly used than option #2. 

Databases on Mathematics

 Databases (Research articles, conference proceedings, & reviews) 

Mathematics Subject Classification

 Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC)

The Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) is often used by many mathematics journals, which ask authors to list subject codes under this scheme when they submit their research papers.  MSC is jointly produced by the staff of two major mathematics databases, MathSciNet and Zentralblatt MATH.  The latest version of MSC was published in 2020.