Tips for finding information
- Use recommendations from your tutor
or in the course materials.
Most OU courses have an electronic
desktop which lists resources directly relevant to the
course. The desktop will be available shortly before your course starts
and can be accessed from your student
web page. The OU library also provides help in searching
for mathematical sites and information and other subject-related
material. There is a link to the library on your student
home page. Select ‘Your
subject’, which is one of the ‘Featured
links’ on the Library home page; use the drop-down
arrows to find an appropriate subject category and
subcategory. You can then choose to see a list of selected
ejournals, ebooks, databases and websites.
- Learn how to use a search engine
- Make your search word or phrase
as precise as possible.
- Put phrases in quotation marks so
they are considered as a whole.
- Bookmark sites you find helpful.
Consider following a short on-line tutorial to develop
your skills such as Safari
- Check the information on the site.
- Not all terminology is universal. Check that the
you find match your course materials
- Check that the site is from a reliable and reputable
source. Not all Mathematics on the web is correct, although
most of it is! Read everything critically.