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Guide to library resources in mathematics.

Tackling difficult reading

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of reading the articles you've found? Are you struggling to understand what you read? Having a strategy will help:

jigsaw puzzle iconLearn "How to read and understand a paper"

Papers in mathematics tend to follow a general structure and nobody expects you to read them all from start to finish. This short article covers the organization of a paper, how to decide whether to read a paper, and how to understand it.

dinosaur iconTry predatory reading

You don't need to read every word! This strategy will help you read to find the information you need and save time.

notebook iconTake notes

Taking notes is a crucial part of the research process.

Take notes in your own words. If quoting, always use quotation marks and write down the page number. This practice will help you avoid accidental plagiarism.

map iconBackground reading

The sources in the Understanding math concepts section are easier to understand and will help ease you into challenging topics.

Also look up any words you don't understand!

question mark iconGet help

Ask your professor for help understanding concepts; ask a librarian for help with your reading and note-taking strategy, or for help finding more appropriate sources to read.


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