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  • National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges (NANAMIC) is an association for further education, tertiary and sixth form colleges to assist them to develop quality in their work in mathematics and numeracy. Its Web site offers a discussion forum, a news archive, articles and links to other relevant Web sites.
  • Center for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching is a focus for research and curriculum development in mathematics teaching and learning. The ‘resource 2’ link on the homepage provides access to basic materials, information sheets, exercises and other mathematical activities. A restricted access area is only for those who have applied to use it from an educational establishment.
  • The British Society for the History of Mathematics promotes research into the history of mathematics and its use at all levels of mathematics education. The Web page provides a search facility and contains links to Web sites on the history of mathematics, a list of history of mathematics courses offered in the UK, the table of contents of its newsletter and a Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles.
Learning Materials
  • The Math Forum is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet. The Math Forum’s mission is to provide resources, materials, activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products and services that enrich and support teaching and learning in an increasingly technological world.
  • The National Learning Network Materials Development Programme contains high quality e-learning materials for adult basic skills training that is available free to FE colleges and their students. It covers 9 different subject categories and the lessons for mathematics are based on the syllabus for Key Skills Application of Number Level 1 or 2.
  • AS Guru Maths provides online interactive training material for AS level mathematics. It focuses specifically on those parts of the core curriculum that have proven the most difficult for students to deal with. Topics are in mathematical methods, pure mathematics and statistics.
  • Learndirect online training courses are available by enrolling through one of the many learndirect local learning centres. Information about these can be found on the Web site. There are numerous basic skills courses in English and Maths, some leading to a qualification. Also, look on the site for some free Skills Taster courses.
  • The World of Math Online provides maths learning material in the form of homework help, use of calculators, practice exercises and games on many maths topics.
  • Maths Help offers free help and advice with problems in Mathematics and Statistics. It is mainly aimed at UK students taking maths at GCSE, A-level, BTEC, Access and Foundation year degree level. You send in questions and you will receive an email with hints and advice to help you make progress. Full solutions to selected problems are posted in the site’s Maths Knowledge Bank.
  • Math-Net is an International Mathematics Union approved service for organising information systems in mathematics that are available over the Internet. It allows the user to search for publications and pre-prints, as well as offering the opportunity to browse information contained in mathematics departments’ homepages.
  • Video Calculus: Created by Selwyn Hollis as the University of Houston, this site is home to 55 videos on the basics of calculus.
  • Duke Mathematics Department: Find useful links, reading lists, and course syllabi on this prestigious college’s math department site.
  • net: Stephen Toner, a mathematics professor at Victor Valley College, provides loads of learning tools for algebra, statistics, and calculus here.
  • MSRI Math Lectures: Hear from some of the most brilliant minds in mathematics in these lectures from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
  • MyOpenMath: With five free math textbooks and counting, this site is a great place to go for a free education in everything from pre-algebra to calculus.
  • SIGMA Maths Support Centre: Need a little help with your math? Here, you’ll find support for rotating assortment of math topics. Right now, free videos are available to teach you how to use matrices.
Gateways are excellent places to look for information. They are Internet sites that catalogue links relevant to a particular area of interest. The sites have been carefully evaluated to ensure that so far as possible only good quality resources are included.

  • MathGate provides easy access to quality Internet resources for UK mathematicians as part of the EEVL: the Engineering, Mathematics and Computing Hub
  • MathGuide is based in Germany. It offers resource descriptions and access to mathematics resources available over the Internet. Coverage is primarily in pure mathematics.
  • Math Archives is a useful directory of Web resources with the primary emphasis on materials used in the teaching of mathematics. The Archives is particularly strong in its collection of educational software but also includes links to electronic journals, pre-prints and grant information. Other useful areas that are growing include laboratory notebooks, problem sets to lecture notes and reports on innovative teaching methods.
  • Math Forum Internet Mathematics Library is a US-based listing of mathematics resources aimed at all levels of teaching and learning.
    Yahoo: mathematics section – a comprehensive directory of mathematics resources aimed at all levels.
 Electronic Books / Subject Sites
  • Mathgym contains resources that compile senior mathematics textbooks for Years 11 and 12 in the American secondary education system. Many topics are the same as those found on the AS, A2 and highers syllabi. Both student guides and teacher guides are provided.
  • Oxford University Press: Secondary Mathematics and FE is the OUP Web page for secondary and further education mathematics. It does not give the full text of the books online but lists the names of text books that are available to order and provides a description of each book and a list of contents. After registering with the site the books can be ordered online.
  • Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section looks at why the Fibonacci Numbers appear in ‘family trees’ and patterns of spirals of leaves and seeds. This is from Ron Knott at Surrey University.
    The Chaos Hypertextbook is for people who enjoy mathematics and have a general understanding of it. The online text book helps to lay a foundation for understanding the mathematical notions of chaos. This is particularly suited to A level and highers students who want to be stretched.
  • M.C. Escher: Artist or Mathematician is a study of the life and work of Escher who used a mathematical technique called ‘tessellation’ to create complex patterns based on repeating shapes. The pages offer a biography of Escher, a view of samples of his work and a tutorial on how to construct a tessellation.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica offers a variety of search features to enhance your research experience. To subscribe you must pay either a monthly or a yearly fee but you can sign up for 72 hours of free use. Included is a news section entitled ‘The New York Times’ on the Web and an Internet guide to trustworthy sites rated and reviewed by the editors.
  • Market & Opinion Research International (MORI) is the largest independently-owned market research company in the UK. From their Web site polls can be searched by subject as well as by date.
  • 20,000 Problems Under the Sea presented by the University of Missouri is an online reference to mathematical problems from journals and contests.
  • Mathematics Courseware Database is maintained by the LTSN Centre for Maths, Stats and OR. As well as containing information pertaining to around 400 courseware packages this site also contains information about suppliers of the software and provides links to software reviews.
  • UK Mirror Service: Mathematics contains a list of FTP sites containing mathematical software that are mirrors of overseas sites. This is a good resource when overseas sites are hard to access due to Internet traffic levels.
  • Guide to Available Mathematical Software (GAMS) is a virtual repository with cross-indexing search options available including searching by module name, package name or by what problem the package solves. Each software module is indexed according to the GAMS Problem Classification Index and a browse option is available for the entire taxonomy.
  • Netlib is a repository of freely available software, documents and databases. It provides a searchable and browsable database of resources and lists the top ten accessed files from the day before. As well as this it also hosts a conferences database and the Numerical Analysis Net (NA-Net).
  • Mathematics WWW Virtual Library: Software section supports mathematicians looking for mathematics-specific software including calculator programs, tutorial packages and drawing tools. A single alphabetical list of approximately 130 software packages with, in most cases, a brief software description.
 Newspapers and Media
  • Behind the Headlines offers background information related to the latest headlines. This online news publication is one of the resources provided by the Resource Discovery Network.
 Electronic Magazines and Journals
  • PASS Maths is an Internet magazine to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics. It provides feature articles, reviews of popular maths books and events, a news section, puzzles and opinions of news stories and maths related topics. All past issues are available online.
  • Historia Mathematica the journal of the ‘International Commission on the History of Mathematics’, publishes research articles on the history of mathematics, book reviews, abstracts of books and research articles, and miscellaneous items. The journal’s predominant language is English, but papers in other languages (principally French and German) are also published. The index is online but the journal is available by subscription only.
  • BIDS IngentaJournals is an aggregated electronic journal service that provides full text access to 124 mathematics journals published by a number of mathematics publishers including Academic Press and Elsevier Science. Access to the full text will depend on whether your library subscribes to the journal.
  • JSTOR is a unique digital archive of over 100 core scholarly journals, including eleven mathematics journals, starting with the very first issues. It covers material from the 1800s up to a ‘moving wall’ of between 1 and 8 years before current publication. JSTOR is made available to academic institutions around the world on a site-licence basis. Users at participating institutions can search, browse, print and save any article from the collection.
  • Electronic Library of Mathematics – offered by the European Mathematical Society this service provides free, full text access to around forty scholarly mathematics journals. Some are the electronic version of the printed journal whilst others are only published electronically. Most are refereed.
  • Adults Learning Mathematics is a non-governmental funded organisation whose aim is to advance the interests of adult learners and potential learners. A search facility is available on its home page to find articles on topics such as ‘Adult Numeracy’ or ‘A-Levels’.
  • Distance Learning: Information and Resources discusses how developments in technology and communications have brought about dramatic change in both the learning needs and the way learning opportunities are delivered for adults.
  • Man Versus Machine: History of the Battle provides a history of the man against computer chess competition.
  • The Bible and Pi is an article that appeared in ‘The Mathematical Gazette’ in July 1998 and looks at the use of pi by the Hebrews in Biblical times.
  • Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles provides information on where mathematicians were born, lived, worked, died or are commemorated or buried. This is a collaborative project lead by David Singmaster, South Bank University.
  • Google Groups is a huge set of newsgroups, covering a wide range of subjects. It allows you to search for groups you might be interested in and view and post messages from/to them through your Web browser.
  • Math Forum provides a discussion forum for issues pertaining to the study and learning of mathematics for all ages at pre-university level. This is a moderated newsgroup which means that contributions are screened before they are allowed to appear on the Web site.
  • The Alan Turing Home Page has been created and is maintained by Andrew Hodges, fellow mathematician and Turing’s biographer. The Web page provides an online biography, scrapbook and other information areas about the great mathematician and codebreaker who cracked the German U-boat enigma cipher in World War II.
  • Webmath@camel.math.ca is a mailing list for everyone interested in mathematics on the World Wide Web.
  • MathGate@jiscmail.ac.uk is a discussion list for those interested in MathGate, an Internet subject gateway for mathematics resources.
  • List of Mathematics Departments (worldwide)
  • Math Forum @ Drexel is a US-based listing of mathematics resources aimed at all levels of teaching and learning. The site offers interactive resources, lesson plans, activities and software. It also lists non-English maths resources.
 Bibliographic Databases
Bibliographic databases provide details of what is being published in a particular subject. They are updated frequently and therefore keep you continually informed about what is being published in your subject. Most often they concentrate on journal publications.

  • Web of Science – this is a subscription service that provides a number of bibliographic databases including the SCI and ISTP mentioned above. A list of universities subscribing to Web of Science is available at the MIMAS Web site. If your University is listed you will be able to access Web of Science resources using your ATHENS password. Training material plus guides to accessing and searching the SCI and ISTP for mathematics are also available at the MIMAS Web site.
  • Zentralblatt MATH – edited by the European Mathematical Society, this database provides details of articles published in mathematical journals from 1931 to the present. It provides citations and abstracts with an optional document delivery service available.
    MathSciNet – produced by the American Mathematical Society, MathSciNet is a searchable Web database providing access to over 55 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications from 1940 to the present. Both bibliographic data and review texts are available from 1980 onwards.
 Careers and Jobs
  • Brilliant Careers is a careers site produced by Channel 4. It provides lots of useful careers information and links to job vacancies. Check out the Tool Kit area for games and interactive tools to help you with your job seeking.
  • S-Cool contains a very useful careers guidance section (in addition to its A Level/AS and Key Skills help).
  • Financial Careers Advisers offers career advice related to employment in investment banking, securities and fund management areas.
  • Monster Career Centre gives careers advice, help with writing CVs and job applications as well as general advice if you’re looking to move.
  • Jobs.ac.uk
  • Euro-Math-Job

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