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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.

Evaluate

Evaluate
 ... questions to ask; how appropriate and valuable is the information?  A worksheet to go along with the questions.


Seek information, not affirmation
Source + Motivation = Value

Dig deeper–do not rely on just one source
Understanding is key


Primary and Secondary Literature:

Secondary literature looks like this or this ...
Primary literature looks like this, this, or this ... (note the format--IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussionReferences)


Group #1:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/20/sunday-review/climate-change-hot-future.html?rref=collection/timestopic/Global%20Warming&_r=0
 
 Group #2:
 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2752097
 CDC Fluoridation 
 
 Group #3:
 http://fluoridealert.org/
 
Group #4:
E15

Permafrost 1
Permafrost 2
Permafrost 3

Predatory publishers
Stay up to date! Stay informed! Restricted Resource
Register for any device, any time access to the –
New York Times
https://myaccount.nytimes.com/verification/edupass
The Washington Post (does not require registration)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/regional/
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle.com (log in—upper right)
PressReader
www.pressreader.com/catalog (sign in upper right; works best with Chrome)
Foreign Affairs (does not require registration)
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/

 
Questions?  See Kevin (engelk@grinnell.edu)
 

Define

Research question/understand and define a topic
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you --
*understand concepts
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, true research is rarely a straight path.

Science Connections
Blog -- topic ideas, and Science news and analysis ...

Other sites:
Scientific American
Science News
New Scientist
 
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.

Identify

Identify
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
 
OKAY: Google Scholar
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).
BETTER: CiteSeer
A scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science.
BETTER: PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915-present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
BEST: ACM Digital Library Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Full text of every article ever published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), whether in journals, transactions, magazines, newsletters, SIGs, or conference proceedings, plus bibliographic citations from other major publishers in computing.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
WorldCat Restricted Resource
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.

Locate

Locate
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

 
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Restricted Resource = Restricted resource
Resource contains images = Images
Resource contains video = Video files
Resource contains audio = Audio files
= Scholarly articles
Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended

Subject Specialist
Picture: Kevin Engel

Kevin Engel
Science Librarian
Tel: 641-269 4234

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