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Information Strategy

Information Strategy
... a commonsense approach to help you find relevant, quality information--for writing a paper, preparing a presentation, working on a lab experiment, answering a question, etc.

Evaluate

Evaluate
 ... questions to ask; how appropriate, valid, and useful is the information?

Define

Research question/understand and define a topic
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you shape and decide on your question--while also helping you understand concepts and find facts.  Remember that true research is rarely a straight path.
AccessScience Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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.
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
Print Location: Science Reference TP9 .K54 2004 (26 volumes + index)

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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.

Identify

Identify
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or back up an answer
Secondary literature looks like this or this ...
Primary literature looks like this or this ... (note the format--Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References)

 
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
1-popular/primary
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
ACS journals search Restricted Resource
2-primary The full text of articles from 50+ journals published by the American Chemical Society is available from the very first issues of the journals to the present.
College Science Database Resource is highly recommended
Includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
MEDLINE Restricted Resource
3-primary 1809-present (with greater coverage beginning in the 1940's). One of the premier sources for bibliographic coverage of medicine, medical research, health care, molecular biology, physiological psychology, bioethics, and much more. Accessed through ProQuest.
Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Restricted Resource
A multidisciplinary database providing coverage of the environmental sciences. Abstracts and citations are drawn from nearly 6,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books, and government publications.
Chemical Abstracts Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
4-primary Provides the most in-depth coverage available of the scholarly research literature published internationally in all areas of chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering. Accessed through SciFinder.
SciFinder--exporting to RefWorks, Mendeley, and EndNote
Thanks to the University of Michigan ...
WebCSD Restricted Resource
Database of bibliographic, chemical, and crystallographic information for organic molecules and metal-organic compounds, provided by the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, the world's repository of small molecule crystal structures.
ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information Restricted Resource
An established and definitive source within and beyond the chemistry community, educating researchers on how to effectively communicate scientific information.
DGRweb
The searchable online version of the ACS Directory of Graduate Research
TOXNET
1965-present. Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and related areas, maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Trends Online: A Compendium of Data on Global Change Resource contains quantitative data
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; historical information (pre-2003).
Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater
Print Location: Science Library Reference QD142 .A5

Ground Water & Drinking Water
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Locate

Locate
... get that evidence--download it, find it on the shelf, etc.
JournalFinder
The full text of journals, magazines, newspapers, and books available online through the Grinnell College Libraries.
Google Scholar
Accesses the scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites. Includes links to resources subscribed to by Grinnell College.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
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