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Mathematics: Books

Why use books?

Textbooks are aimed at students and are useful as an introduction to a topic and give you an overview of a subject.         Picture of books


Finding a book

Search for the book using the book title or the author and a keyword from the title
Diagram explaining structure of book reference: Author, Publication year in brackets, Title of book (in italics). Place of publication: publisher.
Search the Library Catalogue using the book title and the name of the Editor

Using e-books on JSTOR

Managing your library books

  • Undergraduates can borrow 20 books, taught postgraduates 25 books and researchers 35 books at any one time.
  • If you need a book for longer you can renew the book by going to your Library Record.
  • If all copies of a book are out on loan and you would like to get hold of a copy you can reserve it
  • If there is an electronic copy (e-book) click on the link and login.  E-books are exactly the same in terms of content as a printed book; they are just in a different format. We buy e-books from a number of different sources, please check the help files on the specific platform or contact the for further help.

eBook Platforms explained

ProQuest EBook Central iconEbook Central How to Guides...

Ebook Central is a large database covering multiple subjects. The Library has provided access to over 120,000 e-books on this platform, all of which are available via Library SmartSearch. 

Features include:

  • Online reading
  • Downloading chapters
  • Downloading entire e-books for 14 days
  • Making notes within e-books
  • Exporting citations in to EndNote


The Library purchases individual titles from EBSCOhost e-books and also provides access to a large Business collection. All titles are available via Library SmartSearch.   

Features include:

  • Online reading
  • Downloading up to 3 items at a time for 1-2 days
  • Reserving up to 5 titles that are already in use
  • Saving sections for printing or emailing
  • Adding favourites to a folder
  • Adding notes to e-books
  • Exporting citations in to EndNote

In order to download the e-book, you'll need to log in to your Ebsco account. You can create an account at the time you download the item.  


The Library purchases individual titles from VLeBooks and they are available to search via Library SmartSearch.  

Features include:

  • Online reading
  • Downloading up to 5 e-books at a time for 1-7 days
  • Reserving up to 5 titles that are already in use
  • Adding notes and bookmarks to e-books
  • Exporting citations in to EndNote


New books for Mathematics

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The smartest way to start your search


To search for:

  • a specific book, type in the author surname and some words from the title
  • books on a topic, type your keywords and then select Books from the Limit by material type menu on the left-hand side of your results page

(Reading lists for individual modules can be accessed via Blackboard)

Using SmartSearch (3mins 20)

Can't find what you need?

If you cannot find the book you're looking for in Library SmartSearch you can suggest that we buy the book using this form.

If there are books on your Reading List which the Library doesn't have please contact and we will contact your lecturer.