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NATS 1840 — Science, Technology and the Environment (Carl Wolfe)

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!

My topic: local food or solar power and carbon footprint

Some footprint calculators:

Some Recommended Links

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:
      • local and food
      • locavore
      • local food and carbon footprint
      • carbon footprint and power usage
      • carbon footprint and power minimization
      • carbon footprint and transit
      • solar cell and efficiency
      • solar power and cost savings
      • solar power and carbon footprint
    • Google Books Searchis a great way to search inside the contents of books, many of which might be at York
      • don’t forget, you can borrow books we don’t have via Racer
    • Scholars Portal eBooks — a great big pile of ebooks
    • Books 24×7 — 1000′s of technology & engineering ebooks, usually something for every topic

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
    • local and food
    • locavore
    • local food and carbon footprint
    • carbon footprint and food
    • embodied energy and (manufacturing or food or transportation or biofuels)
    • energy intensity and automobile
    • carbon footprint and transportation
    • solar cell and efficiency
    • solar power and cost savings
    • solar power and carbon footprint

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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