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NATS 1880 Life Beyond Earth

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

Key points:

  • 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!

Background Information

Logging in from Home

  • Need to use Passport York or bar code number & PIN from library card to authenticate as 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

Finding Books

  • My topic: Mars mission
  • some important considerations
    • vehicle: type, fuel, return?
    • psychology of long trips
    • Martian environment
    • sustainable food production/biosphere considerations
      • trip & colony
    • physical effects of prolonged exposure to low gravity
    • what’s been learned from Mars analogue mission on Earth
    • Crew make-up
      • lessons from reality tv?
      • group dynamics/psychology
  • Helps get up to speed on a topic
  • Do a search in The York Catalogue:
    • by title: Cost-effective space mission operations
    • by author: Boden Daryl G.
    • by journal title: Scientific American
    • by keyword
      • mars analog
      • mars and biosphere
      • earth and biosphere
      • mars and mission
      • mars and colony
      • mars and life
      • space and mission and design
      • space and vehicle
      • vehicle and mars and mission
      • space mission and psychology
      • space mission and group dynamics
      • isolation and (group dynamics or psychology)
      • space and mission and low gravity and effects
  • Best resource to find niche topic books: Google Book Search
    • find book in GBS & then check to see if York has it!
    • Use RACER if we don’t.
  • Ebooks!
    • Knovel — reference/property data.  Also has live equations and interative graphs

Articles

  • Journal & conference articles give cutting edge, peer reviewed information
    on most topics
  • Some searches:
    • mars analog
    • mars and biosphere
    • earth and biosphere
    • mars and mission
    • mars and colony
    • mars and life
    • space and mission and design
    • space and vehicle
    • vehicle and mars and mission
    • space mission and psychology
    • space mission and group dynamics
    • isolation and (group dynamics or psychology)
    • space and mission and low gravity and effects

Websites

Using the Internet Wisely

  • Using Google as a scholarly research tool:
    • strategy: find good portal sites
    • strategy: make sure you know exactly who produced the content
    • example: waste to energy
  • Wikipedia — a free, open source encyclopedia. Surprisingly good for background info but not for more serious reference
  • Google Scholar
    • issues: currency (don’t update often), comprehensiveness (won’t say what isn’t in their database)
  • Google Book Search
    • great for searching inside all the books and then checking to see if we have the one you want
    • don’t forget, you can borrow books we don’t have via Racer

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