MATH 1044: Discovering Mathematics II: Find & Evaluate
VT's University Libraries has over 1,000 databases! In order to select the databases most relevant to your research topic. Discovery Search indexes around 80% of these. I recommend that you start with Discovery Search. Then, if you want to look further, explore some of the other math specialty databases below as time permits.
Mathematics specific databases:
Why Evaluate information from the web?
Information Evaluation Criteria
As you decide which resources to include in your research, here are some things to think about:
Authority: Who wrote it? What sort of expertise do they have in this area?
Accuracy: Is the author an expert? Is the supporting information cited and correct? Is it in alignment with other research findings or articles?
Objectivity: Are multiple viewpoints considered? Is there any bias? If so, how much?
Coverage: Does it present a broad overview of your topic? Is it detailed and well documented? Is it relevant to your topic?
Currency: When was your resource produced? Does this matter for your topic?
Audience: Is the audience easy to identify? Is the intended audience scholarly or a knowledgable one?