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... 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?
... 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.
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.
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.
Print Location: Science Library Reserve QR97.A1 B33 2011
Provides basic information about raising, handling, and maintaining cultures of bean beetles, Callosobruchus maculatus, for faculty who teach undergraduate laboratory courses.
Print Location: Science Library Oversize QR81 .B46x 2001
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; 1997.
In-depth information about marketed drugs; National Library of Medicine.
MEDLINEplus -- United States National Library of Medicine; a guide to thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and herbs and supplements.
For easy-to-understand, authoritative information about human diseases and disorders.
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
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."
Print Location: Science Library Reference QL3 .G7813 2002
Search the Library Catalog to find good, readable overviews of topics in books and other publications; look for clues in this information to help you find primary literature.
Use this database to get a quick idea of what is being published on a topic--to help define a research question or topic--and to determine search terms useful for finding primary literature.
Online encyclopedia working toward featuring every species of life on earth, including animals, plants, fungi, protists, and bacteria.
... 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)
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.
2-primary; includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
Arabidopsis | Caenorhabditis elegans
Callosobruchus (beetles) | Climate change
Effects of stress on plants | Escherichia coli
Pathogenic bacteria | Prodigiosin
Serratia marcescens | Xenopus
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.
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.
Bean beetles (seed beetles; Callosobruchus maculatus)
Useful for coverage of newspapers and some popular magazines 1980's-present.
1978-present. Online resource that provides full-text information from nearly 4,000 United States and international newspapers, news services, magazines, blogs, transcripts, and more.
Full text access to past years of 100+ journals covering the Biological and General Sciences; years of coverage depend upon the journal but access is not usually available to the most current 2-5 years of each journal.
Allows many NCBI databases to be searched simultaneously--including PubMed/MEDLINE.
The NCBI interface to MEDLINE.
1940-present. Indexes books and journals in all areas of philosophy, including aesthetics, bioethics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, social & political philosophy, and the philosophy of education, history, language, law, religion, and science.
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.
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)
Database including all records of Collembola from the collection of Grinnell biology professor Ken Christiansen. The records are mainly from North America but include some specimens from China, Lebanon, Mexico, and Syria.
Genetic sequences; National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine
U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine
SGD is a scientific database of the molecular biology and genetics of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is commonly known as baker's or budding yeast.
For searching across multiple databases in Biochemistry including SWISS PROT and BLAST; allows searching of proteins by molecular weight and other characteristics.
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).
Print Location: Science Library Reference QD142 .A5
United States Environmental Protection Agency
... 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.
Includes links to resources available through Grinnell College (from computers on campus).
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= Video files
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= Scholarly articles
= Quantitative data
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