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
- Don’t forget to install Write-n-Cite on your PC. It’s in the Tools menu
- Also don’t forget to move items out of the “Last Imported” folder into the folder you create for your course
- Lastly, don’t forget to use “Edit citation” in the Write-n-cite application to get page numbers!
- FAQ and Instructions for various databases
- RefWorks Tutorial
- Plan B: various style guides & Landmark 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: history of cryptography, Alan Turing, Bletchley Park, enigma machine
- pick a topic that interests you
- narrow your topic
- get a angle/perspective
- have a plan B (ENIAC)
Do a search in The York Catalogue:
- by title: The citizen-powered energy handbook : community solutions to a global crisis
- by author: pahl greg
- by journal title: Scientific American
- by keyword:
- Google Book Search is a great tool for finding relevant books
- alan turing crytography bletchley part
- RACER to get books we don’t have, which may be somewhat more important for this course. It usually only takes a couple of days to get the book if another ON university has it.
All the article databases are similar. Try searches like these.
- crytography and history
- bletchley part
- turing and codebreaking
- turing and enigma
- enigma machine
- codes and u-boat
A list of the best databases for general science topics
**Remember, the age of the article isn’t that important for historical topics
- JSTOR — full text of various science & science studies journals, best source for STS articles
- Scholar’s Portal: mostly full text, good general source of articles
- IEEE Xplore — has the Annals of the History of Computing.
- ACM Digital Library — good technical information, some historical info
- History of Science, Technology & Medicine — most comprehensive and complete source for historical topics, covers books and journals. No full text directly in the database.
- Research Libray — another good general source, lots of full text, somewhat better for history
- Academic OneFile — good general, full text
- Expanded Academic– good general source, good for book reviews, mostly full text
- Web of Science — Very good coverage of all humanities & social sciences, good for book reviews & for citation tracking
- Scopus — good general coverage, decent in humanities & social sciences
Newspaper Archives (use OR in the searches!)
- Lexis Nexis Acadmic – best overall international news source, but doesn’t have deep archives for most newspapers
- Canadian Newsstand — good Cdn newspaper coverage
- New York Times (1851 – )
- Globe and Mail (1844 – )
- Toronto Star (1894 – )
Using the Internet Wisely
- Using Google as a scholarly research tool:
- Find a good portal site
- remember: who, why and when
- 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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