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CPHS_IB Math - Research Project: Websites

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Useful Websites for the IB Research Project

1. You can find many excellent websites by going to DESTINY (our online catalog) and clicking on WebPath Express. For example, if you are researching the link between music and math, and search "math and music" you get a listing of 456 juried websites that have been looked at by an editorial board and found to contain credible information. The same search on google yields 422 million sites - too much information! The first website listed, for instance, is to Plus Magazine which focuses on "living Mathmetics"  and features an article entitled, "The Music of Primes." Click here to get to WebPath Express:

Cite websites as follows using APA:

Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Website Title. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL.

du Sautoy, Marcus. (2014). "The Music of Primes." + Plus Magazine. Retrieved January 13, 2014 from


2. Additional websites to explore:


"Plus is an internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics. 

Plus provides articles and podcasts on any aspect of mathematics, covering topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport, a news section, showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of maths that never made it to the newspapers, reviews of popular maths books, and puzzles for you to sharpen your wits. We have a regular interview with someone in a maths-related career, showing the wide range of uses maths gets put to in the real world. There are excellent articles here on math and oragami, math and music, and math and sports."

"The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics."

"This site looks at game theory and all of its applications (for those of you doing the games and probability topics)."


3. There are some excellent TED videos that look at math in the real world. Click on the titles below to get to the videos:


Mining Bibliographies

Note that research is a multi-layerd process.

For instance, look at this research article, "The Mathmetics of the Rubic's Cube":

This bibliography at the end of the article might lead you to more resources that you might consult, and so on.

Here is a video from the University of Washington Libraries that talks about how to mine bibliographies when doing research. (Note that CitationLinker is referred to in the video.)

Here a link to CitationLinker from the U of M:  

Note that you could also use the JSTOR database at the Hennepin County Libraries to look for articles mined from bibliographies:

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Wolfram Alpha