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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, valid, and useful is the information?

Define

Research question/understand and define a topic
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you shape and decide on your question--while also helping you understand concepts and find facts.  Remember that 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.
Reference Universe Restricted Resource
Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.
Wolfram MathWorld
Online mathematical encyclopedia published by Wolfram Research for the mathematics and education communities. Includes interactive entries with 3D graphics, full search capabilities, and extensive citations to books and journal articles.
Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Print Location: Science Library Reference Q141 .D5 1970
Contains excellent bibliographies.
New Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Print Location: Science Library Reference Q141 .N45 2008
Contains excellent bibliographies.

Identify

Identify
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or back up an answer
Secondary literature looks like this or this ...
Primary literature looks like this or this ... (note the format--Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References)

 
LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1-popular Useful for coverage of newspapers and some popular magazines 1980's-present; use the Power Search.
Access World News Research Collection Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
1978-present. Online resource that provides full-text information from nearly 4,000 United States and international newspapers, news services, magazines, blogs, transcripts, and more.
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
2-popular/primary
America: History and Life with Full Text Restricted Resource
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.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
arXiv
3-primary. 1991-present. An e-print service which presents papers in physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear science, computer science, and quantitative biology.
MathSciNet Restricted Resource
4-primary 1940-present. Covers the world's mathematical literature. Provides Web access to the signed reviews and bibliographic data from Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications. Available off-campus via proxy server.
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.
CRC standard mathematical tables and formulae
Print Location: Science Library Reference QA47 .M315
(in paper)
AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.

Locate

Locate
... get that evidence--download it, find it on the shelf, etc.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
JournalFinder
The full text of journals, magazines, newspapers, and books available online through the Grinnell College Libraries.
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Resource contains audio = Audio files
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
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Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data

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