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STS 3790 Science and Technology: Global Development Research Session

Open Science Presentation

Open Science Presentation

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
  • 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: outsourcing & brain drain  (IT sector, doctors)

  • pick a topic that interests you
  • narrow your topic — often helpful to start looking at sources to help you narrow
  • get a angle/perspective
  • have a plan B (exporting electronic waste)
  • toolbox approach: books, journal articles, newspapers & magazines, government sources
  • Stage One: Relevant Wikipedia articles

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:
    • outsourcing or offshoring
    • outsourcing and IT
    • outsourcing and information and india
    • outsourcing and india
    • outsourc$ and (information or technology)
    • brain drain or skills drain
  • Three important books in Steacie reference section:
    • Encyclopedia of information systems — T 58.5 E52 2003
    • Encyclopedia of computer science — QA 76.15 E48 2003
    • Encyclopedia of computers and computer history — QA 76.15 E53 2001
  • Books 24×7 — Amazing ebooks package!
  • Scholars Portal eBooks — a great big pile of ebooks
  • Synthesis — ebook package with several items on technology & society
  • Google Book Search is a great tool for finding relevant books
    • outsourcing IT to india
  • Use RACER to borrow books that York doesn’t have!

Finding Articles

All the article databases are similar. Try searches like those above.

A list of the best databases for general science/development topics

First of all, check out Subject Research Guides for what makes sense for your topic

General, Interdisciplinary databases

  • Web of Science — Very good coverage of all humanities & social sciences, good for book reviews & for citation tracking
  • Scopus — similar to web of science, but doesn’t cover humanities and social sciences as well


Government & Non-Governmental Sources

Some sites to check out for Government and NGO information

Some resources for finding information on specific countries

Using the Internet Wisely

  • ScienceBlogs — blog aggregation site for science (good for controversy and commentary)
  • 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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