## 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**

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

**Currency**

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

**Authority/Credibility**

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

**Coverage**

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

**Accuracy**

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

**Design**

- Is the page layout visually pleasing?
- Are the buttons or icons easy to understand?
- Are the hot links provided to additional information?
- Do the images enhance the information?
- Is the load/response time acceptable?

## Web Sites

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

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.

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.

## Mathematical Associations

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.

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