Mathematics

Book Catalogs & E-book Databases

OneSearch

OneSearch is the catalog for both the John Spoor Broome (JSB) Library and all 23 California State Universities. Everything or Books and Media All CSU will allow you to search all the books and media for the 23 campuses. The Books and Media CSUI allows you to locate books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs, and other items owned by the JSB Library.

 

WorldCat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you will want to click on the item title to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item.  If you would like to request this item click link Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.  This is a service available only to CSUCI Students, Faculty, and Staff.

 

Ebrary offers access to thousands of e-books from trustworthy, academic publishers, this database provides authoritative information across the disciplines, including Language and Literature. Ebrary books can be downloaded to personal computers or devices (except Kindle) after creating a personal account and signing in. They may also be saved in PDF.

 

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Databases

Is it peer-reviewed?

Several resources are available to help CSUCI library users identify peer-reviewed articles.  Many of the journals indexed in specialized databases are scholarly but those databases do not tell you whether a journal is peer reviewed or not.  To find out if a journal is peer reviewed, ask at the Reference Desk for Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory.  Volume 5 of Ulrich’s has a list of "Refereed Serials."  While this list is not exhaustive, it is the most complete list available.

If you cannot find the publication listed in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, you should go the the publication's website.  Often times you can determine if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking at their submission process on their website.

Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed

Scholarly journals contain articles written by, and addressed to, experts in a discipline. Scholarly journals present the research of experts in a field, although these journals also often carry opinion pieces or even advertisements unique to the field addressed by the journal. Publication cycles vary for scholarly journals, ranging from yearly to monthly but most frequently they are published bimonthly (every other month) or quarterly.

Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed or juried journals) send submitted articles to one or more experts for review before deciding to publish them. This review process helps ensure that published articles reflect solid scholarship in a field. Most often, the experts reviewing an article make critical comments on the text, comments that the author must incorporate into the article before its publication.

While not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, it is usually safe to assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also scholarly.

Web Sites

Catalog of Mathematics Resources on the Web

Compiled by University of Wisconsin Math professor M. Maheswaran, the Catalog of Mathematics Resources on the Web is a digital portal for the Colleges of the University of Wisconsin, including UW Colleges Online.  The Catalog brings together hundreds of useful US and International math websites in a variety of categories: General Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, History of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Math Teaching, Probability and Statistics, Mathematics References, Directories of Mathematics Resources, and more.

Google Books

Free books and book previews in a variety of topics related to mathematics.

Khan Academy - Math  

A personalized learning resource for all ages

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Tackling math and quantitative reasoning (QR), Khan Academy is referenced in the Educational Testing Service (ETS) guide to the GRE section on QR. Khan math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan has partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

A independent non-profit research institute located at the University of California, Berkeley. MSRI is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation and is dedicated to the advancement of pure, applied, and interdisciplinary mathematics.

Research in Scientific Computing in Undergraduate Education

A blog and resource site developed by the Mathematics Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in order to help undergraduate students in computational mathematics.

Wolfram MathWorld

The web's leading extensive mathematical resource developed by Eric Weisstein, who is a graduate from Cornell with a Ph.D from Caltech. Wolfram MathWorld offers information on all aspects of mathematics and mathematical concepts.

Writing a Mathematical Research Paper

A short guide provided by MIT that provides an overview to writing a research paper in mathematics.

Evaluating Internet Sources

Not all information is equally valuable. Retrieved information, whether from a print or non-print sources, must be carefully examined to determine its usefulness and quality. As the World Wide Web becomes more popular as a source of information for assignments and research papers, it is important to be able to select and critically evaluate the sites you visit.

 

Relevance/Appropriateness

  1. Is the format/medium of the information useful for your assignment?
  2. If you need primary sources, is this a primary source?
  3. Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
  4. Does the information express a particular point of view?
  5. Is the information directed toward a general (vs. a specialized) audience?

Currency

  1. Is there an indication of when the information was created/published?
  2. Is the information regularly updated?
  3. Is the information still valid for your topic?


Authority/Credibility

  1. Is there information on the author/producer of the source?
  2. Is there information on author/producer’s credentials?
  3. Does the information come from an “authoritative” source?
  4. Is there contact information (e.g. email address for author/producer)?


Coverage

  1. Does the information source cover the topic extensively?
  2. Is the information abridged (e.g. table of contents/summary only)?
  3. Is full-text information available only to subscribers?


Accuracy

  1. Is the information presented as fact (vs. opinion)?
  2. If the information is presented as fact, can it be assessed for accuracy (i.e. are there footnotes or references)?
  3. Does the information appear to be biased?

Design

  1. Is the page layout visually pleasing?
  2. Are the buttons or icons easy to understand?
  3. Are the hot links provided to additional information?
  4. Do the images enhance the information?
  5. Is the load/response time acceptable?

Mathematical Associations

American Mathematical Society

AMS was founded in 1888 and was established to promote mathematical research and scholarship. It is also the publisher of Mathematical Reviews.

American Statistical Association

The world's largest community of statisticians which seeks to support excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science.

Mathematical Association of America

The largest professional society which focuses on making mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. The association is composed of teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, mathematicians, computer scientists, and statisticians.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The NCTM is a professional association of Mathematics teachers which focuses on professional development, research, advocacy, equity, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Academic Dishonesty

What is academic dishonesty?

 

What happens if I get caught plagiarizing?

 

Want to know more about the California State University, Channel Islands, policy on academic dishonesty? 

 

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Help Citing

Need more help?

Stop by the library to look at:

MLA Handbook

Ref LB 2369.G53

The Chicago Manual of Style

Ref Z253 .U69 2010

Publication Manual of the American Pyschological Association

Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010

A Manual for Writers of Term Paper Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian)

Ref LB2369 .T8 2013

 

Also see the library "need to cite" page for a guide for assembling your work cited in your paper.

Visit the Writing and Multiliteracy Center and take advantage of their services.