Math and Physics Resources

“I wish I could go back and apologize to my high school math teacher – I had no idea I really would use math every day!”

The quote above comes from a local hairstylist, whose old cosmetology textbook is full of geometric graphics and equations. You might not expect math to be required knowledge for hair and nail technicians, which must make you wonder what other careers have secret math requirements.

Let’s put it this way: if you’re attending Scott Community College with the intention of earning a degree or certification, you’re most likely going to have to take some math classes. Even English and philosophy students work extensively with logic, which is a branch of mathematics.

Fortunately, we have all the tools you’ll ever need to engage your inner math nerd, whether you’re going into nursing, engineering, or the culinary arts. Check out the resources we offer below and let us know if anything’s missing. What would you like to see us add to the library to better serve your education?

Traditional Media

Our traditional is more convenient than you might realize. Anyone can come into our library at the Belmont campus and use our materials, and a library card from ANY RiverShare library makes our circulated items available to you for check out. Don’t have a library card? No problem. We can make you one in less than ten minutes.

Print Books

We have books for every level of math – from introduction and practice to real-life illustrations of complex concepts. Our favorite books are the ones that use cultural cornerstones and popular culture to explain mathematical ideas and theory, such as Michael Suk-Young Chwe’s Jane Austen, Game Theorist (823.7 CHW).

A partial list of math and physics books we carry in-house is available for download as PDF or Excel spreadsheet. Note that this list does not cover our entire catalog, which we share with other Rivershare libraries (i.e. Davenport Public, Bettendorf Public, etc.). Search our catalog for more titles.


While the Belmont library doesn’t subscribe to any periodicals exclusively devoted to math and/or physics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review is a great place to see applied mathematics and data analysis. MIT is kind of a mathematician’s holy land – just ask the guy from Good Will Hunting.


A partial list of available math- and physics-related titles is available for download as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. The list includes A Beautiful Mind (DVD BEA), the fictional account of the life of Nobel Prize winner John Nash who, incidentally, developed game theory – the very same concept Michael Suk-Young Chwe illustrates using the works of Jane Austen in his book Jane Austen, Game Theorist.


It sure is, Walt.

Electronic Resources

Most of these resources are subscription only, meaning they are only accessible to current students. A few are available to members of RiverShare libraries (a consortium that includes the Scott Community College Library), meaning you may continue to use them as long as you have a public library card. To access electronic resources, first log in to EICConnect. Then, under the left-hand side Menu, click on Library and select Electronic Resources.

Coursework Help and Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

This digital learning assistant is composed of multiple “centers.” The College Center is your best bet, with its subsection devoted entirely to mathematics – from basic math all the way up through calculus and logic:


It takes less than a minute to register. In addition to the College Center, registration also gives you access to The Career Center, Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills Center, and more. Each center features video and/or walk-through tutorials, practice sets, test prep, and eBooks. Check out our post about Learning Express Library to learn more.

eBooks and Digital Magazines

eBooks and digital magazines are great because you can browse the catalog AND check out your selections without ever leaving your couch!

EBSCO Mobile ebscoebooksma_logo

EBSCO – the classic, the granddaddy of all databases, and one of our favorite electronic resources – has dozens of eBooks on mathematics and physics available through this app. Plus, these titles are all mobile-friendly, so you can carry your books with you virtually anywhere!

RiverShare eBooks and eBooks and Audio eicc-college-libraries

These eBooks and audiobooks are available to anyone holding a RiverShare library card. We love audiobooks because it’s the best way to “read” on your commute! Unfortunately, there are only about a dozen or so eBooks about math and/or physics available. It’s super easy to suggest new titles, though – and we encourage you to do so!

Research Databases

Math courses don’t require a great deal of research, BUT we do have one database our math students should definitely check out:

Films on Demand filmsondemand

As we’ve mentioned before, nothing solidifies a concept in your mind like seeing it in action. Films on Demand has over 800 videos on math and physics, including dozens upon dozens of instructional and demonstration videos.


Because some of us need to see implicit differentiation a few times before attempting it ourselves.

This resource essentially offers you a classroom experience on any device, so you can review applied derivatives on your smartphone while you wait in line at the pharmacy.

Other Materials


Yes, we have calculators for check out – standard and graphing – but beware:

We have six graphing calculators. Six. Each of these calculators can be checked out for one 24-hour period, with no renewal, and there is a $1-per-day late fee. That means you can’t rely on us to supply you with a calculator all semester long. Also, we absolutely will not allow these calculators to leave the library without checking them out to you on an active RiverShare library card.

Why all the rules? Graphing calculators are expensive. That’s why we have these on hand in the first place. If you leave yours at home on the day you have a test, we’ve got you covered. You can’t take the calculator out of the library, however, unless you have a RiverShare card. Therefore, we strongly recommend checking that your library card is active and accurate if you take any class that requires a graphing calculator.

Have any questions? See anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, or like us and comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!


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