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A guide to assist students in Dr. Melka's MATH 1452 Capstone: Mathematics

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This LibGuide provides research assistance to Dr. Richard Melka's Senior Capstone: Mathematics. The guide explains how to locate scholarly articles within the university databases and on the Internet. It also shows how to properly cite resources along with a tutorial to understand plagiarism.  It provides direct links to PITTCat+, videos, reference books, and online tutorials.

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"The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple."  ~S. Gudder

The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms (keywords) for your topic.   When investigating mathematics, some examples may be:
    • Fibonacci Numbers
    • differential equations
    • prime numbers
    • Quantum Yang-Mills theory
    • algebraic cycles
    • exponential functions
    • hyperbolic functions
  • Search PITTCat+ and Math subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian or professor.

The Information Search Worksheet below will help to refine a research topic.  The Scholarly Information online tutorial will assist in determining if an article is scholarly.  You may also want to consult the book Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish, 3rd. ed., 2011, by Ellen R. Girden.  This book is available at the Bradford Campus Library  Q180.55.E9 G57 2011.  Also, don't forget to review the Avoiding Plagiarism video as plagiarism is a serious offense at the college level.

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