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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
- 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!
- Library Footnotes, Bibliographies, RefWorks page
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
- Scientific Publication Cycle
- Academic Integrity and Plagiarism site and quiz.
- Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy — fantastic resource !
- Encyclopedia Britannica — best general resource
- Oxford Reference Online — lots of online dictionaries in science & other fields
Picking a Topic
My topic: SARS in Toronto
My topic: astrolabes
My topic: self-driving car
- pick a topic that interests you
- narrow your topic
- get a angle/perspective
- use the research process to help you narrow your topic
- have a plan B
- A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inven tor or applicant for a limited amount of time. (Wikipedia)
- Google Patent Search – beware it’s beta!
- Esp@cenet – European patent office, good overall search, international coverage, full text
- USPTO with search here. (Steacie patent page)
- Canadian Patents Database
Do a search in The York Catalogue:
- by keyword:
- autonomous vehicles
- robotic cars
- astronomical equipment
- scientific instruments
- Books 24×7: great engineering, technology and business ebooks
- Scholars Portal eBooks — more 1000s or ebooks. Don’t forget to search with Full Text checked
- Give Google Books Search a try to find more obscure topics! don’t forget, you can borrow books we don’t have via Racer
All the article databases are similar. Try searches like these. More info on various subjects on the Find Articles by Subject page.
- religion and science
- darwin and religion
- evolution and creationism
- evolution and religion
- scopes and trial
- dover and trial
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
A list of the best databases for general science topics
- Scholars portal journals — huge multidisciplinary database of articles
- Sociological Abstracts — best for sociology
- JSTOR — full text of various sociology, history & history of science journals
- Historical Abstracts — Indexes major journals in history.
- Canadian Newsstand — good newspaper coverage
- Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and New York Times deep archives (all 100+ years).
- Web of Science — Very good coverage of all academic fields, good for book reviews & for citation tracking
- Biological Abstracts & Pubmed — life sciences
- PsycInfo — psychology and neurosciences
- INSPEC, Compendex & IEEE — physics, engineering & computer science
- MathSciNet — math
- Business Source Premier & ABI Inform — business database, follow the money
- History of Science, Technology & Medicine — most advanced, but best choice for history of science topics, finds books and articles
- London Times Digital archives 1785-1985.
- Factiva: has deep archive for Globe and Mail from late 1970s, may be easier to search
- Canadian Newsstand — Canadian newspaper articles
- Lexis Nexis Academic — good international newspaper coverage
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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