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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 and valuable is the information? A worksheet to go along with the questions.
Source + Motivation = Value
Seek information, not affirmation
Primary and Secondary Literature:
Secondary literature looks like this or this ...
Primary literature looks like this or this ... (note the format--Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References)
... 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.
Online procedural manual for the synthesis of organic compounds. Provides detailed descriptions of verified practical methods for the preparation of specific compounds, as well as illustrations of important synthetic methods with general utility.
National Institute of Standards and Technology; thermochemical, ion energetics, spectra, thermophysical, and other data.
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)
Print Location: print/online
Read summaries of research in --
Advances in Catalysis
Advances in Inorganic Chemistry
Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry
Methods in Enzymology (online)
Methods in Enzymology (print)
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. In addition, check the textbooks and reference works available on Reserve and in the Reference area of the Science Library.
Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Use the "Advanced Search"
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.
Includes articles, book chapters, and images found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
Arabidopsis | Caenorhabditis elegans
Callosobruchus (beetles) | Climate change
Effects of stress on plants | Escherichia coli
Microbiome | Pathogenic bacteria
Prodigiosin | Saccharomyces/Yeast
Serratia marcescens | Xenopus
3-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.
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.
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.
The searchable online version of the ACS Directory of Graduate Research
Print Location: Science Library Reference QD142 .A5
United States Environmental Protection Agency
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. To get to the international newspapers, use the "World" link under Shortcuts in the left sidebar.
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.
The Comprehensive Enzyme Information System
Online chemical identification resource maintained by the National Library of Medicine. Provides comprehensive information about chemical substances from over 70 chemical databases.
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.
1965-present. Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and related areas, maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
... 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).
= Restricted resource
= Video files
= Audio files
= Scholarly articles
= Quantitative data
= Highly recommended
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