All Resources

Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.


Information Strategy

Information Strategy
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.

Evaluate

Evaluate
 ... 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:

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 --
*topic ideas
*understand concepts
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, 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.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
Environmental Summaries Resource contains quantitative data
From the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS); land cover and climate data for United States counties and Census tracts.
IPCC Resource is highly recommended
"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts."
Climate Monitoring (NOAA)
"... Mission is to monitor and assess the state of the Earth's climate in near real-time, providing decision-makers at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability including perspectives on how the climate of today compares to the past."
NASA Earth Observatory Resource contains images
Offers geological, environmental, and geographical information about the planet Earth from NASA's extensive repositories of satellite imagery and numeric data. Includes color photographs, maps, satellite images, articles, data sets, and more.
Trends Online: A Compendium of Data on Global Change Resource contains quantitative data
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; historical information (pre-2003).

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: Science Primary Literature
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.

Database help


 
BETTER: GREENR Restricted Resource
Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources offers authoritative reference content for the study of sustainability and environmental issues such as global warming, food safety, and the development of green technologies. Featuring primary-source documents, news and commentary, interactive maps, and contextual multimedia, its materials can be organized by issue, organization, or country or discovered by search.
GreenFILE Restricted Resource
Information on aspects of human impact to the environment. Scholarly, government, and general-interest titles about global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
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: Biological Sciences/Agricultural & Environmental Science Database/MEDLINE Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Search these 3 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic in the Environmental Sciences.

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

 
Key to Icons

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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