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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 (email@example.com)
... 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.
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 ...
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.
"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).
... 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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