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
- For ACM Digital Library & other databases like dblp, you can import from the bibtex format.
- Use the References–>Import Feature
- 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!
- 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
My topic: alternative energy sources — biofuels: are they worth it
- pick a topic that interests you
- narrow your topic
- get a angle/perspective
- have a plan B (science & religion: teaching creationism in schools)
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 subject: Renewable energy sources
- by subject: biomass energy
- by keyword:
- biofuel and economics
- biofuel and (efficiency or viability)
- biofuel and efficiency and carbon footprint
- science and religion
- science and creationism and education
- creationism and evolution and high school
- scopes trial
- scopes and trial
- creationism and trials
- Google Books Search — lets you search inside books for obscure topics
- RACER to get books we don’t have. It usually only takes a couple of days to get the book if another ON university has it.
- Books 24×7 is a very comprehensive ebooks package
All the article databases are similar. Try searches like these.
- ethanol and production
- biofuels and efficiency
- biofuels and cost
- biodiesel and food and cost
- (biodiesel or biofuel*) and cost and corn
- ethanol and cost and corn
- scopes and trial and bryan
- trial and evolution and school
A list of the best databases for general science topics
- Scholar’s Portal Journals: full text, good general source of articles
- Scopus — good complement to Scholars Portal — not completely full text but covers a broader range
- IEEE Xplore — full text engineering database
- JSTOR — good full text, better for historical topics
- Remember: don’t use basic search, advanced only!
Newspapers — can often find primary historical sources
Using the Internet Wisely
- ScienceBlogs — blog aggregation site for science
- 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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