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MathSciNet® is a subscription-based online search platform created by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) that contains "reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature."[1] The database begin as a print publication called Mathematical Reviews (MR), first published in 1940, the the system today contains "over 2 million items and over 1 million direct links to original articles."[1] Over 100,000 items are added to the system each year.[1] A unique classification scheme, called the Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) scheme is used within the MathSciNet database for document classification. According to the website, "The current 2010 Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC2010) is a revision of the MSC2000 that has been used by MR and Zbl since 2000. MSC2010 is the result of a collaborative effort by the editors of MR and Zbl to update their shared classification."[2]

Users need a log-in name and password in order to conduct searches. Access to MathSciNet is available on an annual subscription basis.[3]


The MathSciNet search platform provides four main search forms, organized under four tabs on the MathSciNet homepage:

  • Publications - Users choose search fields and Boolean operators from drop-down menus. Users can also limit the search by time frame, publication type, and review format (PDF or HTML).
  • Authors - Search by author name or ID.
  • Journals - search by journal name, abbreviation, or ISSN.
  • Citations - Search for citations by author name, journal, subject classification, publication year, or "top 10 lists."

Free tools provided at MathSciNet that non-subscribing users can access include:[1]

  • Search Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) - Browse within a broad class (2-digit classification) or search classifications by keyword, 2-, 3-, or 5- digit classification numbers. Results include a section of a hierarchical classification scheme, with links to broader, narrower, and related classifications.
  • Collaboration Distance - Find the shortest publications-path between two authors.
  • Current Journals - Journals indexed in MathSciNet within the last 6 weeks. Title, date, and issue number of journals listed in results.
  • Current Publications - Search of books and articles reviewed/indexed within the past 6 months. Search by time frame, classification, publication type, and status. Results include citation information.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "About MathSciNet." AMS website, Accessed September 7, 2011.
  2. "2010 Mathematics Subject Classification." AMS website, Accessed September 7, 2011.
  3. "Mathematical Reviews and MR Database Products Pricing Information." AMS website, Accessed September 7, 2011.

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