March 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Advising Tip: Wolfram Alpha as a Research Resource

By Sara Berens
College of Arts & Sciences Academic Adviser

On occasion I stumble across resources for students that are seemingly super helpful. One resource I found this week was Wolfram Alpha, a self-proclaimed “computational knowledge engine.”

Sara Berens

Sara Berens

Unlike Google or Yahoo, which will provide you with a list of sites to explore based on your search query, this site actually computes an answer to your query utilizing a collection of “built-in data, algorithms, and methods.”

So let’s say I type in “bobcat.” The site provides me with not only the bobcat’s scientific name, Lynx rufus, it also provides me with the animal’s taxonomy, biological properties and genome information.

You can also input mathematical problems such as functions, equations and inequalities, and see the plots, statistics, pie charts, etc. for that problem.

The site also has a random feature for all of you curious students who just want to learn more about the world.


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