Skip to main content
Skip to main content
Glendon Campus Alumni Research Giving to York Media Careers International York U Lions Accessibility
Future Students Current Students Faculty and Staff
Faculties Libraries York U Organization Directory Site Index Campus Maps

NATS 1810 Energy Research Session

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
  • FAQ and Instructions for various databases
  • 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: The Geysers geothermal project in California

Plan B: some information on waste-to-energy projects in Canada

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:
      • geothermal power
      • geothermal energy geysers
      • geothermal and california
  • Books 24×7 has lots of full text books on energy
  • Google Book Search
    • great for searching inside all the books and then checking to see if we have the one you want
    • search on:
      • geothermal and power plants and geysers and california
    • don’t forget, you can borrow books we don’t have via Racer
  • Lots of resources on Energy at Steacie
    • Encyclopedia of energy (6v) — TJ 163.2 E539 2004 Steacie Ref
    • Ullmann’s encyclopedia of industrial chemistry (40v) — TP 9 U57 2003 in the Steacie Reference area

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

NOTE: You can use the resources in this section to find out both about
your topic and the people involved

  • all the databases are similar, so try searches like these
    • geothermal and “the geysers” and california
    • geothermal and efficiency
    • geothermal and cost

General Resources Useful for all Topics

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
  • 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)

Office: Steacie 102H
You can also friend me or send me a message on Facebook.

And on FriendFeed and Twitter.

Steacie also has a page on Facebook and a brand new Twitter account — become a fan!