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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)
Register for any device, any time access to the –
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.
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.
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 ...
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)
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)
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.
... 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).
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 that have been used and cited by multiple Grinnell students and have been highly cited in the scientific literature.
This database offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research. Includes nearly 14,000 indexed periodicals and journals covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other many subjects in a variety of languages. Full-text articles are available in either PDF or HTML formats.
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.
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
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.
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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