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NATS 1870 Understanding Colour Research 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
  • 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: drug interactions & colour vision
    • sildenafil citrate & parkinson’s drugs
  • Backup topic: colour blindness & traffic safety

Helps get up to speed on a topic

  • Do a search in The York Catalogue:
    • by keyword
      • colour vision or color vision
      • color deficiency
      • color vision or color deficiency
      • drug interactions
      • drug interactions and vision
      • parkinson’s and drug interactions
  • 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!


  • Journal & conference articles give cutting edge, peer reviewed information on most topics
  • Pubmed — good for medical and health topics, but not as easy to find full text

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

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