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Mathematical Sciences

Web Resources

People around the world share knowledge to help others learn. However, while well intentioned, they may not be experts or know that exact situation or problem you face.

When searching the internet for math help, ask yourself:

  • Who is it written by and what are their credentials? (Authority)

  • When was it written and what context? (Currency and Purpose)

  • Is the author(s) work reliable and using known and standardized methods? (Reliablity)


Types of Information Sources

Information sources can be found online or in print, depending on how the publisher makes them available.  This list will help you understand the benefits of using each of these types of sources.


  • In-depth info on a specific topic
  • Scholarly books have bibliographies; follow up to check the info and find additional sources
  • Information can be dated. Check the publication date.
  • Where to find them: Library Catalog

Scholarly Journals

  • Scientific and technological discoveries are reported in detail in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Journal articles are reviewed & evaluated by other experts prior to acceptance
  • In-depth original research
  • Analysis of research
  • Overview of research
  • Cited sources/bibliographies/reference lists
  • Study narrow and specific subjects
  • Discipline-specific, technical jargon geared to scholars & students in the field
  • Where to find them: OneSearch (or Journal Finder if you're looking for one in particular)

Conference papers

  • Papers presented at a formal gathering of peers
  • Ground-breaking research
  • Papers later published in the conference proceedings
  • Where to find them: OneSearch


  • Current events info
  • Overview analyses of trends, issues
  • Primary source material
  • Product development, industry news, and company histories
  • Few or no cited sources
  • Where to find them: Newspapers (or Journal Finder if you're looking for one in particular)

Popular magazines

  • Brief information on diverse, broad general-interest topics
  • Entertainment, leisure reading
  • Little technical language or jargon
  • Can include investigative journalism
  • Few or no cited sources
  • No bibliographies/reference lists
  • Where to find them: OneSearch (or Journal Finder if you're looking for one in particular)

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

  • Concise overviews of a variety of topics, which can be helpful if you are just beginning your research and need background information on your topic.
  • Where to find them: OneSearch

Trade Publications

  • Articles and advertisements are intended to be useful for people who work within a specific industry.
  • Articles are often written by people with expertise in a specific field or profession.
  • Publications are sometimes published by a specific trade association or professional association.
  • Articles can include information about news and trends in the industry, professional development opportunities, and upcoming conferences.
  • Where to find them: OneSearch (or Journal Finder if you're looking for one in particular)

Blog Posts

  • Can be written by anybody, credentialed or not
  • May or may not include reference list
  • Very timely commentary on current events
  • Not generally in-depth
  • Must be very carefully evaluated to ensure quality
  • Where to find them: The Internet