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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.
Topic ideas, and Science news and analysis ...
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.
From the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS); land cover and climate data for United States counties and Census tracts.
Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of 250+ countries and global regions. Contact information for political, business, media, and cultural agencies and officials, including 1,900 international organizations. Search or browse by country, region, organization, or people.
"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."
"... 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."
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; historical information (pre-2003).
Topic ideas and Science news ...
Search and access reference sources available through GVRL.
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Use the "Advanced Search"
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
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.
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.
Books, ebooks, films, web sites, databases, art work, and more.
This database enables users to search and access current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s. It features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites in full-text format. Titles include the Des Moines Register, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and numerous other regional and local Gannett titles. Content is updated daily and cross-searchable on the ProQuest platform.
A comprehensive digital news resource offering over 5,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world. PressReader provides same-day full-content access to periodicals in over 60 languages.
For another perspective--spanning 1915-present, this database includes scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports and more, covering global public policy and social issues.
For another perspective--this database indexes the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
For another perspective--spanning 1969-present, this database provides citations for journals, books, dissertations, and working papers on economics from hundreds of sources.
Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.
For another perspective--spanning 1940-current, this database indexes books and journals of philosophy: ethics, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic, philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language. Available off-campus via proxy server.
Complete text of the Congressional Record from 1789 to 1999.
Gateway to science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results from over 60 scientific databases.
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.
1965-present. Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and related areas, maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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.
Accesses the scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites. Includes links to resources subscribed to by Grinnell College.
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= Video files
= Audio files
= Scholarly articles
= Quantitative data
= Highly recommended
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