Due to Covid, I am unable to go to my University and access the University server. As a result I am unable to use MathSciNet. Is there any other way to do a good and effective literature survey on a topic in Mathematics?

If someone could help me, I would be grateful. I am also interested to know how researchers working at Universities that don't have a MathSciNet license conduct research?

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    Indirect answer only (if that). Can your university librarian or department chair inquire about or arrange for remote mathscinet access? Commented May 22, 2021 at 14:47
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    I probably haven't used MathSciNet for over a decade. Google Scholar has been totally adequate for my needs. Is there some specific reason Scholar is not working for you?
    – Iiro Ullin
    Commented May 22, 2021 at 18:05
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    It's unlikely that your university has no way for you to remotely connect to MathSciNet. Ask you reference librarian. Commented May 22, 2021 at 19:35

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Simple answer: There are actually two good and well-known (at least, I had thought so) bibliographic databases for mathematical literature:

The latter is freely available online as of 2021.

(Of course there are a few differences between them - for instance, the quality of the bibtex entries is a bit better in MathSciNet, in my experience. But anyway, for most purposes both databases do their job quite well.)

Historical Note: While MathSciNet is essentially based on Mathematical Reviews, zbMATH is based on the Zentralblatt für Mathematik - and both the Zentralblatt and Mathematical Reviews were founded by the same person, Otto Neugebauer. I would have called this a fun fact, but unfortunately the historically background (which is described in the previous link) is not particularly funny.


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