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STS 3730 Science, Technology and Modern Warfare

Just for fun

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!

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 topic: Oppenheimer, Einstein and the Manhattan Project

  • pick a topic that interests you
  • narrow your topic
  • get a angle/perspective
  • have a plan B (role of technology in Blitzkrieg)

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:
    • manhattan project
    • atomic bomb and history
    • einstein and (bomb or manhattan or ethics)
    • einstein and (history or biography)
    • oppenheimer and (bomb or manhattan or eithics)
    • (bomb or atomic or nuclear) and (manhattan or los alamos)
    • blitzkrieg
    • blitzkrieg and war and (tanks or planes or technology)
    • blitzkrieg and technogy and nazi
  • Google Book Search is a great tool for finding relevant books
    • oppenheimer einstein manhattan project
  • RACER to get books we don’t have, which may be somewhat more important for this course.  It usually only takes a couple of days to get the book if another ON university has it.

Finding Articles

Depending on the type of topic you have, check out the Subject Research guides

All the article databases are similar. Try searches like these.

  • manhattan project
  • atomic bomb and history
  • einstein and (bomb or manhattan or ethics)
  • einstein and (history or biography)
  • oppenheimer and (bomb or manhattan or eithics)
  • (bomb or atomic or nuclear) and (manhattan or los alamos)
  • blitzkrieg
  • blitzkrieg and war and (tanks or planes or technology)
  • blitzkrieg and technogy and nazi

A list of the best databases for general science topics

**Remember, the age of the article isn’t that important for historical topics

  • JSTOR — full text of various science & science studies journals, best source for STS articles
  • Scholar’s Portal journals:  mostly full text, good general source of articles
  • History of Science, Technology & Medicine — most comprehensive and complete source for historical topics, covers books and journals. No full text directly in the database.
  • Research Library — another good general source, lots of full text, somewhat better for history
  • Academic OneFile — good general, full text
  • Expanded Academic– good general source, good for book reviews, mostly full text
  • Web of Science — Very good coverage of all humanities & social sciences, good for book reviews & for citation tracking

Newspaper Archives (use OR in the searches!)

Search on September 1939:

  • poland and tanks

Using the Internet Wisely

  • 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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