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Mathematical Sciences Collection Development Policy


General Department Information


The goal of the Kent State University Department of Mathematical Sciences is to provide students with the practical skills and fundamental knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the mathematical sciences.  Students are prepared for direct employment either within the industry, the government or higher education.  Students who chose to pursue the Mathematical Sciences at the advanced level are taught to research independently for private, industrial, government, or research institutions.


Departmental Areas of Concentration

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers
  • Statistics


Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Mathematics
  • B.S. in Mathematics
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics
  • M.A. in Applied Mathematics
  • M.A. in Pure Mathematics
  • M.S. in Applied Mathematics
  • M.S. in Pure Mathematics
  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics
  • Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics


Department's Home Web Page


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Scope of Coverage


The following subject areas are collected at the research level

  • Analysis & Analytic Number Theory
  • Approximation Theory
  • Complex Analysis
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Knot Theory
  • Mathematical Models
  • Modern Algebra
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Numerical Computing
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Probability Theory
  • Real Analysis
  • Theory of Matricies
  • Topology
  • Probability
  • Statistics


The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level

  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Approximation Theory
  • Calculus
  • Character Theory of Finite Groups
  • Complex Analysis
  • Finite Group Theory
  • Functional Analysis
  • General Topology
  • Geometric Function Theory
  • Geometric Topology
  • Group Representation Theory
  • Group Theory
  • Harmonic Analysis
  • Lattice Theory
  • Lie Group Representation Theory
  • Linear Algebra
  • Math Education
  • Metric Number Theory
  • Number Theory
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Partially Ordered Algebra
  • PDE
  • Potential Theory
  • Probability
  • Probability PDEs
  • Ring Theory
  • SPDEs
  • Statistics
  • Stochastic Analysis

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas



Prefer English materials and English translations.


Date of Publication

1960 to present (emphasizing current publications).


Geographical Guidelines

Worldwide (emphasizing material from international conferences).


Society or Publisher Emphasis

Emphasis on publications by the

Multiple Copies

Proportionate to demand

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Material Types



 Recent Acquisitions




Research Level works are collected to reflect the above mentioned subject areas

Selective acquisition of dissertations, handbooks, technical reports, popular materials and textbooks


Audio Visual Material

Acquired per department request.


Theses and Dissertations

Selective acquisition of theses and dissertations reflect the department curricula and encompass student and faculty research needs.


Microform Reproductions

Acquired as a last resort.



Current list of Department of Mathematical Sciences subscriptions




Government Documents

Government Documents are collected to support research in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.  Federal documents and publications in this area are particularly strong proceeding 1962.  Earlier documents were secured either through gifts or purchases.  A majority of these documents are cataloged and can be accessed on Kentlink.



Methods of Acquisition

Most government documents are secured, free of charge, through the federal or state government.  Materials are collected to reflect the program’s curriculum and research needs.  Other documents requested by the department may be purchased by an allotment of the monographic funds.


Federal Government Publications and Information

Various documents at the federal level are published and distributed to support research in the Mathematical Sciences.  Some agencies that provide this material are:

  • Department of Commerce – National Technical Information Service
  • Department of Education
  • National Science Foundation

State Publications

An agency that publishes mathematical documents at the state level is the Ohio Department of Education.


Online Services and Electronic Resources

Electronic services and resources are made available through the University Libraries website at:

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Interdisciplinary Relations

There is a strong interrelationship of library materials between the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the following departments:


  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Philosophy
  • Physics


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