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NATS 1720 — Light & Sound

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
  • 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:

  • ground penetrating radar
  • plus some ideas on musical instruments and concert halls, etc.

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 keyword:
      • ground penetrating radar
      • ground penetrating radar and landmines
      • ground penetrating radar and (landmine or land mine)
      • acoustic and design
      • sound and recording and engineering
    • Google Books Searchis a great way to search inside the contents of books, many of which might be at York
      • concert hall and acoustics
    • don’t forget, you can borrow books we don’t have via Racer
    • Books 24×7 — 1000′s of technology & engineering ebooks, usually something for every topic
    • Scholars Portal eBooks– wide range of topics covered
      • lots of books on acoustics

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 page

  • all the databases are similar, so try searches like these
    • ground penetrating radar
    • ground penetrating radar and mars
    • architecture and acoutics
    • acoustic and design
    • concert hall and acoustics and design
    • sound and recording and engineering

General Resources Useful for all Topics

Using the Internet Wisely

  • Using Googleas a scholarly research tool:
    • strategy: find good portal sites
    • strategy: make sure you know exactly who produced the content
  • 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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