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Courant Library

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Bobcat says this book is "Available", but I can't find it. What can I do?

    First, please double check! Did you find other books bearing a similar call number? How long have you been looking for it? Just for the last few minutes, or repeatedly? Consult with library staff. If the book has just been returned or used by another patron, it could be waiting to be shelved.

    Courant library books receive lots of use in-house. There are MANY reasons why a book might not be in its spot on the shelf. If you have looked a couple of times to no avail, fill out a Search Card and our staff will scour the stacks for the book . Search results are reported by means of a card file on the circulation desk.

  2. If I return the book late, how much would it cost?

    The fine for all regular stacks books are $.25 per day. 2-hour (yellow flag) and one day (blue flag) reserve books are $1 per hour. three day (green flag) and two weeks (red flag) reserve books are $5 per day. Please leave reserve books on top of circulation desk. If you put them in the drop, or downstairs, chances are you will be fined.

  3. How do I find journals to which I have a reference?

    You must first establish the full and exact name of the journal. We shelve journals alphabetically by the title corresponding to Math Reviews and AMS' editorial style.

  4. Well, OK, but what about proceedings of conferences?

    These can present challenges for finding. The short answer is to use Bobcat's word searching capability and pick the most unique word(s) in the conference name. The catch is that the conference name is an AUTHOR. So, try using the command aw= distributed if, for example, you were looking for the Symposium on Distributed Computing.

  5. How do I find the special classification schemes for physics and mathematics journal articles?

    In Courant library home page look for E-MATH homepage. The 1991 classification is under "The most frequently used services" 1990 version is available behind the circulation desk.

    Or see http://www.ams.org/mathweb/mi-classifications.html, which has information on various schemes especially for math and for physics.