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Mathematics and Physics: Books

Guide users in locating useful information resources


Use the library catalogue and the Library Portal to find books and articles in the library. You can also browse on Google books for Mathematics programming Books  and view You Tube videos on Mathematics programming. 

Browse and search the eBooks collection that CPUT subscribes to via these platforms:

  • Books24x7 (In order to access Mathematics books, please register using the CPUT e-mail address)
  • Dawsonera 
  • University Publishing Online - CPUT has access to the Mathematics 2016 titles as well as the Chemistry titles on this platform.

But how do I search? 


How are the books arranged on the shelves?

Library books are arranged according to Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system. To find books in the library search library catalogue and get the shelf number. This video gives a brief explanation of what DDC or shelf numbering system is all about.


If you are off-campus, before searching, click on "I am off campus" link. The off-campus access items are available only to CPUT users!

Keyword search terms  can be  a chemical substance (e.g. amphetamines, ivory, beryllium ) or it can be a class of substances like  (drugs, metals) or a particular environment (water, soil, blood). Very important is "combine your key words" 

Examples: blood analysis, pesticides analysis.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Acces Mathematics Book Chapters (11751) and Journal Articles (24543) via Cambridge University platform. 


Your Library Account:

Want to check your books in your account or extend the due dateLog in to My library account :

username :  student number
Password: date of birth  (YYYYMMDD)

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