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Information Strategy

Information Strategy

A basic guide for tracking down relevant, high-quality information needed for papers, lab reports, discussions, and other purposes.



... a topic by gathering background/overview information; help formulate your research question.

AccessScience Restricted Resource

Contains reference material covering all major scientific disciplines with articles drawn from McGraw-Hill encyclopedias, dictionaries, and yearbooks, as well as videos, curriculum materials, and links to primary source documents.

Oxford Reference Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Reference Universe Restricted Resource

Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.



... specific sources of information/evidence to answer your research question


LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource

1-popular Useful for coverage of newspapers and some popular magazines 1980's-present; use the Power Search.

Access World News Research Collection Restricted Resource

Mostly 1990s-present. Online resource that provides full-text information from nearly 4,000 United States and international newspapers, news services, magazines, blogs, transcripts, and more.

GreenFILE Restricted Resource

Information on aspects of human impact to the environment. Scholarly, government, and general-interest titles about global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Mobile access to GreenFILE

Grinnell College Libraries

Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.

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Grinnell Science Database

Includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by Grinnell College students.

Environmental Science & Pollution Management/Biological Sciences/MEDLINE/PAIS International Restricted Resource

3-primary; search these 4 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic related to Energy.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource

Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.

WorldCat Restricted Resource

Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

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ICPSR Restricted Resource

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains and provides access to the world's largest archive of raw data sets in the social sciences. Before downloading data, you will be prompted to create a MyData account. You must be on campus to create this account. As long as you log in to your MyData account from an on-campus computer at least every 6 months, you will also be able to download data while you are off campus.

DOE Data Explorer

"Find scientific research data - such as computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images - generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research in various science disciplines"; U.S. Department of Energy.

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC)

"Online collection of information on alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them. Alternative fuels described here are those defined by the Energy Policy Act of 1992, including biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane"; U.S. Department of Energy.

Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC)

"Information on several types of renewable energy resources in the United States in the form of publications, data, and maps"; U.S. Department of Energy.



... the publications identified above at Grinnell or elsewhere--get your evidence

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The full text of journals, magazines, newspapers, and books available online through the Grinnell College Libraries.

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...the validity, objectivity, and usefulness of the information

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