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Mathematics Research Guide: Web resources

Resources for math students. Contact us at the Reference Desk for help with your library research, by phone at (819) 822-9600, ext. 2608 or by email at

Evaluating web sites

Not all information found on the World Wide Web is reliable or accurate. To help you decide which web sites to trust, try looking at the following 5 criteria.

  1. Who is the sponsor of the site? What organization or individual created the site? Is the site biased?
  2. Who is the author of the information? Is the author identified and are credentials given?
  3. What is the purpose of the site? Is it intended to educate, inform, influence views or sell a product?
  4. What is the coverage? Is the material relevant, accurate, and complete? Are the sources documented? Can the information be verified from other sources?
  5. Is the information current? Is it clear when the site was created, or when it was last updated? If there are links to other sites, are the links still active?

Mathematics web resources

Bishop's University Department of Mathematics  Information about the Bishop's Mathematics programs.

Canadian Mathematical Society

Mathematical Association of America

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive Includes biographies of mathematicians and articles related to the history of mathematics and famous curves.

Math in the movies page A guide to major motion pictures with scenes of real mathematics.

National Research Press Journals Provides free access to the backfiles of 16 scientific journals published by the National Research Council of Canada.

Wolfram MathWorld A variety of mathematics resources.


For more information

There are many guides to evaluating internet resources freely available on the web (for example at the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries web site, and the Owl at Purdue),

or see Cite it right, by Tom Fox, Julia Johns, and Sarah Keller, found in the Reference Room.

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