The Library Catalogue - can also be a great starting point for finding journal articles and conference papers for your report
Databases - are large collections of journal articles, papers, book chapters, reports, case studies and other material
For the subject area of mathematics, try searching:
You can get help through:
What keywords do I use to search?
Watch this video for tips on identifying your key concepts and selecting keywords:
Think. Plan. Discover. Why keywords matter (1 min. 30 secs)
- Plan/construct some search strategies to find information for your report
- identify the main concepts/topic words
Discuss the history behind Sudoku or Origami
Mathematics in Indigenous cultures
Combine/connect these keywords or phrases into search strategies using the AND or OR connectors.
One example of a search strategy:
- sudoku OR magic square AND solutions - mathematics OR math AND Indigenous cultures
AND will combine keywords with different meanings - will only find items containing both of your keywords/ will narrow your search.
sudoku AND solution / mathematics AND Indigenous cultures
OR will combine keywords with similar meanings - will find items containing either or both keywords / will broaden search.
sudoku OR magic square / mathematics OR math OR arithmetic
For more help see the Library's guide on Connecting and combining search terms.
Finding alternative word endings and spellings made easy
Search for plurals and other forms of words by using a feature called a truncation symbol - * .
math* will find maths, mathematics, mathematical
For alternative spellings of words use feature called a wildcard symbol.
organi?ation will find organization and organisation
It is important to evaluate the quality of the information you have found for your assignment.
Watch the following videos to learn how to evaluate the information you find:
You be the judge: learn to evaluate (3.45 mins.)
Scholarly Sources Explained (2.45 mins.)
What is peer reviewed?
Look at the How to...guides link to Find peer reviewed journal articles
Search for a journal title to check if it is peer reviewed in:
Ulrichsweb global serials directory
Use the Roadmap to Referencing to help you decide what your source is and how to reference it according to Harvard-UniSA style.
Is there software to help me with my references?
In Math 2024 (Mathematical Communication), you will learn to use the BiBTeX referencing system within the mathematical typesetting software package, LaTeX.
- For help on importing EndNote references into BiBTeX, click here
- For a step by step guide here
EndNote and RefWorks are the two bibliographic management software products available for UniSA staff and students.
For more information on these refer to Managing references.