Just for fun
FREE Citation Management Software
- RefWorks site (Login) can help you manage your footnotes & bibliography on the web. Easy to use, interfaces directly with MS Word to create footnotes & bibliographies
- For off campus use, get the York group code here.
- FAQ and Instructions for various databases
- RefWorks Tutorial
- Plan B: various style guides & Landmarks Citation Machine
Logging in from Home
- Need to use Passport York or bar code number & PIN from library card to authenticate as a York user
- Information here on logging in
- Remember: Use the library web page or this blog post for the link as it will prompt for login
- Try this: Coolest thing ever Firefox extension call Libx
- a cool way to search Scholarsportal article database
- Scientific publication cycle
- For bibliographies: various style guides & Landmarks Citation Machine
- Academic Integrity and Plagiarism site and quiz.
- Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy — fantastic resource !
- Encyclopedia Britannica — best general resource
- Oxford Reference Online — lots of online dictionaries in science & other fields
My topic: acetylcholine (neurotransmitter / snake venom)
Assignment #1 — Encyclopedia & general articles
1. Print encyclopedia article: do a search in The York Catalogue:
- Keyword search on something like:
- (brain or neuro$) and encyclopedia
- chem$ and encyclopedia
- $ is the wildcard character: chemistry, chemical, chemicals
- can find the books at Steacie or sometimes at Scott (for psych)
2. Find a Wikipedia article.
3. Find an article / web page from a university, association or research institute
- Use Google and look for .edu or .org
- always make sure you know exactly who is behind the site
Assignment #s 2 & 3– Review articles and citations
Review articles are summaries of recent scholarship in a field or topic area. The usually reference a lot of older articles.
The two best tools for this assignment are:
- Web of Science
- can either do a basic search and narrow to review articles or
- do an advanced search and restrict to review articles
- syntax is a little weird here: ie TS=acetylcholine
- for basic search you can limit to document type “review” or you can search then “limit to”
The both cover chemistry and neuroscience quite well, have links to lots of review articles and provide automatics tracking of citations for articles
And on FriendFeed.
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