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STS 3725 Science & Exploration Research Skills Session

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

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Background Information

My topic: Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle

  • pick a topic that interests you
  • narrow your topic
  • get a angle/perspective
  • have a plan B
  • I also picked a more obscure explorer: John Stuart

Looking for Books

Do a search in The York Catalogue:

  • by title: Charles Darwin’s zoology notes & specimen lists from H.M.S. Beagle
  • by author: Darwin Charles
  • by journal title: Scientific American
  • by subject: Beagle Expedition (1831-1836)
  • by keyword:
    • darwin and beagle
    • darwin and exploration
    • exploration and technology
    • voyage and technology
  • Google Book Searchis absolutely vital for more obscure topics!
    • “john stuart” “british columbia”

Finding Articles

All the article databases are similar. Try searches like these.

  • darwin and beagle
  • darwin and beagle and compass
  • darwin and voyage
  • victorian and sea and travel

A list of the best databases for general science topics

Using the Internet Wisely

  • Using Googleas a scholarly research tool:
    • Find a good portal site
    • remember: who, why and when
  • Google Scholar: good source, often can find information not available elsewhere
  • Wikipedia– solid source of links & basic info, not academic or 100% reliable Wikipedia as a starting point. Remember that for a controversial topic there can be a lot of back and forth and “conflict of interest” changes

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