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NATS 1745 History of Astronomy

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!

Background Information

My topic: Kepler Space Telescope

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

  • Helps get up to speed on a topic
  • Do a search in The York Catalogue:
    • by title: Cost-effective space mission operations
    • by author: Boden Daryl G.
    • by journal title: Scientific American
    • by keyword:
      • telescopes
      • observatories and history
      • telescopes and history
    • New Best Friend for finding information inside books: Googe Book Search
      • kepler and nasa and telescope
    • For ordering/borrowing books we don’t have: RACER.
  • Ebooks!


  • Journal & conference articles give cutting edge, peer reviewed information
    on most topics
  • Some searches:
  • telescopes
  • observatories and history
  • telescopes and history
  • kepler and telescope
  • kepler and nasa
  • kepler and nasa and mission


  • Wikipedia: a treasure trove of technical information, created by a community. Not edited or reviewed,so may not be complete or accurate. Tech topics tend to be pretty good.

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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