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HUMA 1910 — Science & the Humanities

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.
    • 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
  • 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

My notable science people:

  • Isaac Asimov
  • Edward O. Wilson
  • Norman Bethune
  • Aldous Huxley

Hint: use Wikipedia to get ideas about what their main issues/themes are in relation to science & society

Finding Books

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:
    • isaac asimov and laws of robotics
    • asimov and society
    • bethune and china
    • bethune and communism
  • Google Books Search — good choice to find books by more obscure people, also lots of older material is public domain
    • 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.

Finding Articles

Note: Some good article strategies:

  • Look for articles both by and about your person
  • could be magazine, newspaper or journal articles
  • If you find one good book or journal article source about your person but are having trouble find something by her, you should check out the references/bibliography section of the sources you do have
  • The Wikepedia article may also have good sources

All the article databases are similar. Try searches like those above.

A list of the best databases for general science/development topics

  • Web of Science –Good selection of science articles, most with links to full text
  • Scopus — similar to web of science
  • JSTOR — good full text, better for historical topics
    • Remember: don’t use basic search, advanced only!


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