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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.


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


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.
Arabidopsis Book
Open-access peer-reviewed online journal covering a broad range of topics in research on Arabidopsis thaliana and related species, supported by the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Bacterial Stress Responses
Print Location: Science Library Reserve QR97.A1 B33 2011

Bean Beetles
Provides basic information about raising, handling, and maintaining cultures of bean beetles, Callosobruchus maculatus, for faculty who teach undergraduate laboratory courses.
Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology
Print Location: Science Library Oversize QR81 .B46x 2001

C. elegans II, 2nd edition

Cold Spring Harbor Mongraph Series, Vol. 33
Editors: Donald L Riddle, Thomas Blumenthal, Barbara J Meyer, and James R Priess.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; .


DailyMed Resource is highly recommended
In-depth information about marketed drugs; National Library of Medicine.
Drug Information Resource is highly recommended
MEDLINEplus -- United States National Library of Medicine; a guide to thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and herbs and supplements.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy Resource is highly recommended
For easy-to-understand, authoritative information about human diseases and disorders.
NCBI Bookshelf
The full text of 900+ well-known biology and other science textbooks, reports, and other materials.  In addition, check the textbooks available on Reserve and in the Reference area of the Science Library.
Print Location: print/online
Read summaries of research in --

Advances in Botanical Research
Advances in Marine Biology
International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
Annual Reviews
Taxonomy Database
Database maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine, providing classification and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases, representing about 10% of the described species of life on the planet.
"WormBook is a comprehensive, open-access collection of original, peer-reviewed chapters covering topics related to the biology of Caenorhabditis elegans and other nematodes. "
Xenbase provides "the international research community with a comprehensive, integrated and easy to use web based resource that gives access the diverse and rich genomic, expression and functional data available from Xenopus research." 


... 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-secondary/primary; use this database to get a quick idea of what is being published on a topic--to help further refine a research question or topic--and to determine search terms useful for finding primary literature.
College Science Database Resource is highly recommended
2-primary; includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
Frequent topics:
Arabidopsis | Caenorhabditis elegans
Callosobruchus (beetles) | Climate change
Effects of stress on plants | Escherichia coli
 Pathogenic bacteriaProdigiosin
Serratia marcescens Xenopus

Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management/MEDLINE/Plant Science Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
3-primary; search these 4 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic in Biology.
MEDLINE Restricted Resource
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.
Index of scientific literature concerning the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.


... get that evidence--download it, find it on the shelf, etc.
The full text of journals, magazines, newspapers, and books available online through the Grinnell College Libraries.
Google Scholar
Includes links to resources available through Grinnell College (from computers on campus).
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
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