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COMN 2312 Information and Technology research session

Fun Stuff!!!

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!

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

Background Information

Picking a Topic

Find something you’re interested, make sure it’s not too general or too specific. Have a plan B.

My topic: Outsourcing in the IT industry, pros & cons

Finding Books & Journals

  • Do a search in The York Catalogue:
    • by title: Strategic computing : DARPA and the quest for machine
      intelligence, 1983-1993
    • by author: Ceruzzi Paul
    • by journal title: Scientific American
    • by subject: computers and society
    • by keyword: outsourcing
    • by keyword: outsourcing and software
    • by keyword: outsourcing and (software or technology)
    • by keyword: technology and history
    • by keyword: information and society
    • by keyword: open source and software
    • by keyword: intellectual property and technology
    • by keyword: comput$ and hist$ and canad$
  • Three important books in Steacie reference section:
    • Encyclopedia of information systems — T 58.5 E52 2003
    • Encyclopedia of computer science — QA 76.15 E48 2003
    • Encyclopedia of computers and computer history — QA 76.15 E53 2001
  • Books 24×7 — Amazing ebooks package!
  • Scholars Portal eBooks — a great big pile of ebooks
  • Synthesis — ebook package with several items on technology & society

Finding Articles

These online databases can also be found in the eResources
Quick Links or Search
boxes on the library home page.

  • all the databases are similar, so try searches like these
    • outsourcing and castell
    • outsourcing and barney
    • outsourcing and terranova
    • barney and global and network
    • barney and labor and technology
    • outsourcing and shortages
    • outsourcing and programmers
    • outsourcing and engineers
    • computers and society
    • technology and history
    • information and society
    • open source and software and legal
    • intellectual property and technology and ethical
    • outsourcing and information technology and human resources
    • (outsourcing or offshoring) and software development

Journals & magazines.

Government Documents

Newspapers.

Using the Internet Wisely

  • Wikipedia — a free, open source encyclopedia. Surprisingly good for some background information
  • Using Google or Google Scholar as a scholarly research tool:
    • strategy: find good portal sites: Google directory page
    • strategy: make sure you know exactly who produced the content

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