Information Technology: MATH 2024 Mathematical Communication

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Before you begin:

Assessment: Mathematical Paper - project and presentations

Before getting started it is recommended that you:

  • Select a topic from the handout 'Guidelines and Topics for the Mathematical Paper 2019', located on the learnonline course site. 
  • Read the assessment instructions in your course outline

Plan your search

Before you start searching it is important to plan your search.

To get started, follow the steps below

1. Define any terms you are unsure of. Use an introductory book, a dictionary such as the Macquarie or the Oxford English Dictionary, an encyclopedia, handbook or website.

2. Identify main concepts in your topics. These will help you form your searches. For example, for the topic: "Mathematics Education and Aboriginal Students in Australia" 

  • Concept 1: mathematics
  • Concept 2: Aboriginal
  • Concept 3: education

3. Identify any synonyms or similar keywords for each main concept. You may find it helpful to put these in a table.

Concept 1 mathematics, numeracy, arithmetic
Concept 2 Aboriginal, indigenous
Concept 3 education, teaching, learning, school

4. Add in any:

  • Word plurals: technologies, students
  • Different word forms: math, maths, mathematics, mathematical (use math* to capture all variations)
  • Different word spellings: organise, organize. Use wildcards: organi?e to find results with both s and z 
  • Common acronyms: IT vs Information Technology 

Once you have identified your key concepts, you need to combine them using AND & OR.

1. OR is used to connect synonyms or similar terms for the same concept.
For example:

Concept 1 (math* OR numeracy)
Concept 2 (indigenous OR Aborigin*)

2. AND is used to connect different concepts.
For example:

Concept 1  (math* OR numeracy)
Concept 2 (Indigenous* OR Aborign*)

3. You can also use:

  • Quotation marks " " to keep words together to search for a phrase: "mathematical statistics"
  • Asterisk * to search for word variations, e.g. math* will find math, mathematical, mathematics, etc.
  • Brackets ( ) to keep groups of synonyms together, e.g. (importance OR role OR purpose OR value).

More help:


Q: If I have a list of references in EndNote can I import it into a LaTeX reference list?'LaTeX logo', Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

A: Yes, you can import EndNote references into LaTeX reference list. LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium to large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing. It is typically used for typesetting of complex mathematical formulas, advanced typesetting of mathematics with AMS-LaTeX, and automatic generation of bibliographies and indexes.

Watch 'Using EndNote Records with LaTeX' or try one of these:

Your assignment requires your to reference your sources in the Harvard UniSA style. Use the Referencing Roadmap to learn how to reference different sources correctly.

More help:

More help


For more help with this assignment please contact Ask the Library or the Student Engagement Unit.


Start your search

The Library catalogue is a good place to start your search. You can use it to find journal articles, papers, book chapters, and reports.


To search in the Library catalogue:

1. Type your main concepts into the search box.


  • Tip: use double quotes to keep concepts together as a phrase.

2. Broaden your search by adding synonyms using the connector OR.


3. Apply filters by using the 'Tweak my results' menu (left side).

  • Tip: You may want to limit your results by adding a date range filter.


More help:

Mathematical databases:


 SIAM reference collection


Multidisciplinary databases:

 ​Proquest central

Try using Google Scholar to find scholarly sources or material from education and government websites.


To use the Advanced Scholar Search:

  1. Access Google Scholar through the Library homepage.
  2. Click the Menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Select Advanced Search to access more searching options.
  4. Look for PDF links or 'Fulltext at UniSA' links to access the resource.


More help:


To get the best results from a Google search, you should use the Advanced Search option.

To use Advanced Search in Google: 

  • start by performing a usual Google search.
  • Then go to Settings >Advanced Search
  • This will bring you to this page: Google Advanced Search

 This will allow you to search using phrases, and also limit your search to certain domains like .edu 


Evaluating Information

How to evaluate information using the C.R.A.A.P. test to assess whether it is appropriate for your needs.

You will find a range of material which need to be assessed to see if it is actually useful to include.  The following criteria will help you make decisions about the material that you are trying to assess.

The CRAAP Test was developed by the Meriam Library at California State University to help you evaluate the information you find. This information has been adapted from the Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test by California State University