New Web Resource for Mathematics and Statistics Education

Eric Hsu
San Francisco State University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 7, Number 2 (Spring 2001)

The Better File Cabinet (http://betterfilecabinet. com) is a free searchable database of references to research in math and statistics education (nearly two thousand as of May 2001). The MAA's Special Interest Group collected the references on Research on Undergraduate Math Education (SIGMAA on RUME) and references on Statistics Education were collected by Joan Garfield. Using the web interface, the references are searchable by author, title, full text, and keywords and there is an ongoing effort to add commentary on the papers.

The site is in a very usable state, but it is still a preliminary beta version. Consolidation and cleaning of the keywords is planned for the near future, as well as a number of other new features. There is also a sister database of calculus problems that will eventually be expanded to other topic areas and integrated into a database containing both research papers and other educational resources.

Anyone wishing to contribute time, references, ideas, or resources to the project is encouraged to contact Eric Hsu (

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