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NATS 1840 Science, Technology & the Environment (Slater)

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!

My topic: Are biofuels good for the environment

Source: Green Metropolis by David Owen

Also: books by Richard Dawkins

Backup plan: shipping industry and recycling old ships

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

  • All this information is also available in the various research guides here.Do a search in The York Catalogue:
    • by title: Fuel cell power for transportation 2004
    • by author: Ceruzzi Paul
    • by journal title: Scientific American
    • by subject: fuel cells
    • by keyword:
    • biofuel*
    • biodiesel
    • biofuel and economics
    • biofuel and (efficiency or viability)
    • biofuel and efficiency and carbon footprint
  • Google Books Search is a great way to search inside the contents of books, many of which might be at York
    don’t forget, you can borrow books we don’t have via Racer
  • Books 24×7 — 1000′s of technology & engineering ebooks, most environmental subjects are covered
  • Scholars Portal eBooks — more 1000s or ebooks.
    Don’t forget to search with Full Text checked

Finding book reviews

Finding Articles

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

All the info below is selected from the

Find Articles by Subject

  • all the databases are similar, so try searches like these
  • ethanol
    • 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

General Resources Useful for all Topics

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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