Facilities and Resources for all Graduate Students

As a graduate student at York University, you have a variety of outstanding of resources available to you to help in your pursuit of a degree.

Libraries/Archives

Housed in five buildings, York’s collections have more than 6.5 million items, 150,000 E–books and 20,000 online journals. Our world-class libraries provide rich collections, value-added services, excellent librarians and knowledgeable and helpful staff.

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Graduate Student Reading Room,
Scott Library

Innovations include: a designated graduate student reading room; research skills workshops; online tutorials; discipline and course–specific guests lectures and workshops; Ask A Librarian chat reference; RACER, a library resource sharing system, allowing interlibrary loan users the ability to search multiple library catalogues at the same time and track the progress of their requests; and RefWorks, a Web-based bibliographic citation software and RefShare, a RefWorks component that will let you share your RefWorks folders with research partners or students.

The Leslie Frost Library on Glendon campus houses an extensive bilingual collection.The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections contains a rich research collection for curricular and ongoing scholarly research.

Visit York’s Libraries website to learn more.

York University Research Centres & Research Institutes

Enhance your interdisciplinary education with opportunities to participate in collaborative research. York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. Working across disciplines and with global partners, we develop ideas and connect with policymakers and practitioners to create meaningful change and a more globally competitive Canada.

As a graduate student, you will benefit from York's 24 research centres and institutes, which provide outstanding research opportunities to supplement your academic program

Visit the York Research website to learn more.

Graduate Student Conference and Board Rooms

Located directly above the Graduate Students’ Association office on the fourth floor of the Student Centre are a large open conference room and two boardrooms. The boardrooms can be booked for smaller meetings or study groups. To book a conference or for more information, contact (416) 736-5865, gsa@yorku.ca or visit the YUGSA website.

Internet Resources

Individuals in the York Graduate Student Community are invited to submit and maintain Link-lists which they find useful in their research and teaching. As well, internet resources used for a course can be made available on this page.

Important Individual Links

Library Resources in STS

The graduate program in Science and Technology Studies builds on an existing interdisciplinary undergraduate program housed in the Divisions of Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. Graduate level programs in the underlying disciplines that cover the thematic areas described above are well entrenched at York. Subject librarians in the respective areas have traditionally supported these areas and the collections are housed within the Scott Library and Steacie Science and Engineering Library. Each subject librarian is allocated a collections budget line for purchasing material in the respective discipline. Graduate level print collections in these disciplines are being continually enhanced with new acquisitions. Whereas research monographs and primary sources in the areas of history, philosophy, sociology, media studies, political economy, medical anthropology, environmental studies and psychology are located at Scott, collections covering areas pertaining to STS, the History and Philosophy of Science, social and cultural aspects of technology, biomedicine and physical systems, including human-machine interaction are located in both libraries. The journals in these disciplines are available in print or online. Reference books and databases are also available in print or online. Below is a snapshot of the library resources available to support the graduate program.

Electronic resources: Bibliographic databases

Access to the journal literature in the fields of the graduate program is available through electronic access to multidisciplinary bibliographic databases or subject specific databases. The former include the History of Science, Technology and Medicine database (HST), the Web of Knowledge, and searchable journal archives such as JSTOR, Project Muse, Scholar’s Portal, Anthrosource and Sage Full-Text Collections. JSTOR also includes primary historical sources such as Science, Scientific Monthly, and Philosophical Transactions. The subject databases are more specialized, abstracting and indexing services covering specific disciplines available as Historical Abstracts, Nineteenth Century Masterfile, Sociological Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, Anthropology Plus, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) to name a few. The HST database integrates four bibliographies in the history of science, technology and medicine the most well known being the ISIS Current Bibliography of the History of Science. The Nineteenth Century Masterfile comprises 60 subject indexes to historical research before 1925. Web of Knowledge provides both bibliographic access and citation data to literature in the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. A list of subject research guides in the various disciplines is available under "Help with Research" on the York Libraries home page.

Electronic resources: full–text resources

Consortia agreements with other research libraries provide access to multidisciplinary electronic journal packages from well-known publishers such as Sage, Taylor & Francis, and Elsevier. Some representative titles from these publishers include the journals Technology and Culture, Society & Natural Resources, International Journal of Political Economy, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Social Studies of Science, Science Communication, Science Technology & Human Values, Biology & philosophy, Anthropology & Medicine, Media, Culture & Society and Theory, Culture & Society.

In addition full-text multidisciplinary collections include the JSTOR, Project Muse, Anthrosource and Sage Full-Text Collections for journals as well as electronic book collections such as Early English Books Online, Early Canadiana Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Also available are e–books from multidisciplinary packages such as Netlibrary and Proquest/Myilibrary the latter providing access on demand with an option to purchase. E–books from prominent publishers such as Blackwell, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier Health Sciences are available through this option.