The Rhetoric of Technology

Wtr 2012


Malgorzata Schaefer

Getting Started

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  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
  3. Find Articles in Selected Databases.
    Note: Stanford subscribes to over 1000 Databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend a select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas.

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Technology Resources

Suggested Reference Books:

Additional Databases:

Web Resources:
Be sure to evaluate websites by critically examining content, creators, and sources for validity and bias.

  • How Stuff Works - Great resources for understanding new technology or collecting background on technology development.
  • TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) - "Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers." Content includes science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world
  • NPR - Archives of popular news and information radio shows, such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. Check these and others for topical stories; browse topics "Health & Science" and "People & Places."

Sci/Tech Resources

Science Databases:

To locate databases by name or topic, use the SearchWorks online catalog and select the Database facet. Databases in SearchWorks are always indicated with a green bar.

  • Access Science
    The online McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology includes encyclopedia articles, biographies, videos, and news covering over 7,000 scientific and technical topics.
  • Biosis
    Indexes life sciences and biomedical research from journals, meetings, patents, and books. Covers 5,000+ journals. Citations and abstracts only, with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
  • Engineering Village (also called Compendex or Engineering Index)
    References over 5,000 international engineering sources including journal, conference, and trade publications. Covers all areas of engineering including environmental, electrical, and industrial. Citations and abstracts only with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
    Indexes published literature in physics, electrical/electronics engineering, computing, control engineering, information technology, production, manufacturing and mechanical engineering as well as materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics, biomedical engineering and biophysics. Citations and abstracts only with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
  • Medline
    Indexes medical information and the database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Contains over 16 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine, nursing, dentistry, human health. Some full-text, citations and abstracts with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes authors who have been cited in current literature across 100 scientific disciplines. Key feature is the ability to search by who is citing various papers by other authors. Citations and abstracts with links to full-text at Stanford if available.
    Searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.
  • SciVerse
    A federated search portal which allows cross-searching Scopus Citations, Science Direct Ebooks and the scholarly internet. Links to full-text at Stanford if available.

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