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Mathematics Subject Guide: Organize, write & cite

Essential resources and research help for mathematics students.

Manage your sources

 Manage your sources

Everyone will approach the collection and organization of research sources in different ways to suit their own preferences. However, the following advice generally applies:

  • For electronic sources, download copies and back them up to the cloud
  • For every source, take good notes and record page number references for text that you want to quote/paraphrase
  • Ensure that you record sufficient details about each source so you can cite it properly
  • Use an online research manager to help you (see below)

Write your assignment

 Write your assignment

Common writing assignment in math courses include:

  • Literature reviews
  • Short analytical essays
  • Lab reports

Information types that you should draw upon when researching for such assignments include:

  • Journal articles
  • Literature Reviews
  • Technical reports
  • Conference papers


The Library also has a number of books providing a more detailed overview of doing research and reporting in scientific subjects. Below is one example:

Cite your sources - Computer Science

 Cite your sources

There is no universal adopted citation style for the discipline of mathematics. The author guide and style manual offered by different professional societies are good sources for you to prepare cited references in your assignment.

AMS Author Handbook 

 IEEE Editorial Style Manual 

 SIAM Style Manual 


If you are not sure which style to use, check with your professor.

 Click here for the Library's Citation Guide




Turnitin is an online software program that can compare submitted academic assignments against an extensive database of published and unpublished information, and provide a report on the degree of similarity between the assignment and the material in that database.  

To ensure that interested students are able to submit their assignments to Turnitin, the Library maintains a practice Turnitin Assignment on a designated course site on HKBU Moodle

Citation Management

 Online research managers

Organizing and citing your sources can be challenging, but fortunately there are several free online tools to help you. These allow you to:

  • Save copies of the sources that you have found, and back them up to the cloud
  • Make notes and highlights on PDF copies that you have saved
  • Automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies

The Library recommends the following tools: