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SOCI 4930 Sociology of Science & Technology

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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
    • 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

Background Information

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

Master page of all YorkU resource & subject guides


Finding Books

Do a search in The York Catalogue:

  • by keyword:
    • autonomous vehicles
    • robotic cars
    • robots
    • astrolabes
    • 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


Finding Articles

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


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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