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Enter a keyword or phrase or a 2-, 3-, or 5-digit classification
Initially the cursor is in the blank text input box under OR Search Classifications, where you may  enter a keyword or phrase or a 2-, 3-, or 5-digit classification.  Enter your search criterion. Following are some guidelines to keep in mind when entering your search criterion:
  • MathSciNet searches are not case-sensitive.
  • The typical Mathematics Subject Classification code consists of five characters, corresponding to the hierarchical classification scheme used in the construction of the Mathematical Reviews Database. Classifications may be entered as 2-digit codes (e.g. 51, for the top level "Geometry"), or as 2-digit+1-letter codes (e.g.51A, for the second level "Linear incidence geometry"), or as 2-digit+1-letter+2-digit codes (e.g. 51A05, for "General theory and projective geometries"). There are also generic codes, such as 51-04 ("Explicit machine computation and programs"), corresponding to each 2-digit code. There is an older system of codes (not in MSC 2010) such as 30.50, but these cannot be searched from this screen. Enter the corresponding 2-digit code (30, in this example) to see a listing of codes that include these older codes.
  • The wildcard character is the asterisk (*).
  • Enclose phrases in quote marks (").

Once the search criterion has been entered, click the  Search button. Search results are displayed as a list of classifications with their text descriptors. Link to items that have been assigned a classification by clicking on the adjacent headline list icon.

Select a 2-digit classification
Instead of entering a keyword or classification, you may choose to select a 2-digit classification from a pull down menu. Click on the arrow to the right of the box and then make a selection from the pull down menu. Click the Search button. Search results are displayed as a list of classifications with their text descriptors.

View the entire 2010 MSC in PDF
Here is a copy of the publication Mathematics Subject Classification 2010, which is updated and published periodically. It is in PDF format. There are no links to items in MathSciNet.

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From the list of classifications that is displayed once you have completed a search, you can click on any classification code that appears as a link. This will expand the classification. You can continue to expand classifications as long as the classification is linked. If you click on the adjacent headline list icon, you will obtain a headline list matching the selected MSC. From this screen, full items can be selected for display.

Note: 2-digit classifications do not have links to headline lists as most of them produce cumbersome results.

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