News and notes for math, August 2016

If you are new to WU or working with someone who is new to WU, please pass along my name and contact information for help with anything about library services or resources. See also Math library guide and New folks in biology and math guide Ruth Lewis 314-935-4819 Thank you!

Teaching with Wikipedia in statistics classrooms
“Wikipedia assignments are an ideal place for students to share their understanding of statistics.”

Links for math students
This post may be useful for some new math graduate students: Cool linky stuff for science undergrads (15): What it’s like to understand advanced mathematics, How to write your first math paper and more, links collected by John Dupuis for his son and posted on Confessions of a Science Librarian

MathSciNet platforms search strategy strengths and weaknesses
I found this poster interesting: Searching MathSciNet Database on the American Mathematical Society and EBSCO Platforms, by Jeffra Bussman, CalState, Lauren Gala, University of Pennsylvania, and Anya Bartelmann, University of Washington. Although MathSciNet is probably not the first database that folks use when searching for math articles, it looks like MathSciNet (via EbscoHost) may actually give more successful retrieval than MathSciNet (via AMS), at least more successful for newbie search strategies. We do have both platforms available at WU.

Math Geneology Project in Nature
Majority of mathematicians hail from just 24 scientific ‘families’ Evolution of mathematics traced using unusually comprehensive genealogy database, by Davide Castelvecchi. Nature News (26 August 2016) | doi:10.1038/nature.2016.20491

INSPEC cancellation
I recently learned that our access to INSPEC will likely be canceled effective Nov. 1. Prices have been increasing and use has been decreasing for many years. There are many alternatives, including Scopus and Compendex. If you have concerns about this, please contact Ruth Lewis as soon as possible.

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WU Libraries news
In case you missed this news, the libraries are under new leadership with a Search Committee Formed for University Librarian Position. If you have any concerns, please ask.

A new book scanner is now available in Olin Library; bring a USB drive to save your scans. More info: KIC Bookeye Scanner.

Several Research & Tech Workshops are scheduled this fall in Olin Library. More information and registration available at

Communicating Science Symposium at WU medical campus
Check out the Washington University sessions at the Communicating Science 2016 symposium, Sept.26-29. Preregistration required. These sessions will be held at the medical campus.

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819