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Evaluate, define, identify, locate ... and then evaluate again.
... 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.
... questions to ask; how appropriate and valuable is the information? A worksheet to go along with the questions.
Take charge of the information in your life:
Seek information, not affirmation
Source + Motivation = Value
Dig deeper–do not rely on just one source
Understanding is key
Primary and Secondary Literature:
Primary literature looks like this, this, or this ... (note the format--Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References)
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New York Times
The Washington Post (does not require registration)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle.com (log in—upper right)
www.pressreader.com/catalog (sign in upper right; works best with Chrome)
Foreign Affairs (does not require registration)
Questions? See Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you --
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, true research is rarely a straight path.
Good sources to help you understand and link to primary literature:
New York Times
The Washington Post
The Scientist (ex. Stress Turns Hair Gray By Depleting Pigment-Producing Stem Cells)
Science Bibliographies (Strategian)
Trends in ...
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.
Print Location: Science Reference TP9 .K54 2004 (26 volumes + index)
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Use the "Advanced Search"; can also be used as a tool to focus a broad search (try out search terms, find a possibility, search that possibility in a disciplinary database, and then use the indexing to more precisely find additional papers).
Full text of articles from 50+ journals published by the American Chemical Society is available from the very first issues to the present.
Includes articles, book chapters, and images that have been used and cited by multiple Grinnell students and have been highly cited in the scientific literature.
Provides in-depth coverage of the scholarly research literature published internationally in all areas of chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering. Searched via SciFinder-n.
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.
Search these 3 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic in Biological Chemistry.
Thanks to the University of Michigan ...
An established and definitive source within and beyond the chemistry community, educating researchers on how to effectively communicate scientific information.
Print Location: Science Library Reference QD142 .A5
United States Environmental Protection Agency
1965–present. Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and related areas, maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; historical information (pre-2003).
Allows many NCBI databases to be searched simultaneously--including PubMed/MEDLINE.
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.
Online chemical identification resource maintained by the National Library of Medicine. Provides comprehensive information about chemical substances from over 70 chemical databases.
For easy-to-understand, authoritative information about human diseases and disorders.
Vermont Safety Information Resources, Inc.
For searching across multiple databases in Biochemistry including SWISS PROT and BLAST; allows searching of proteins by molecular weight and other characteristics.
BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool--a set of similarity search programs designed to explore all of the available sequence databases regardless of whether the query is protein or DNA--from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/BLAST/blast_overview.html)
Full-text search option; for finding the molecular weight of and much other data about proteins.
A guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The quickest way to see if we have access to a --
Journal article --
on-campus: Google Scholar (search by title)
off-campus: Database OR Library Catalog
Book (print or ebook) --
on/off-campus: Library Catalog
= Restricted resource
= Video files
= Audio files
= Scholarly articles
= Quantitative data
= Highly recommended
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