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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?  If useful, a worksheet to go along with the questions.

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.
Credo Reference Restricted Resource
An easy-to-use online reference tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text general and subject-specific reference titles, as well as numerous images, audio files, and video clips.
Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
Print Location: Science Library Reference RC334 .E535 2003

NCBI Bookshelf
The full text of 900+ well-known biology and other science textbooks, reports, and other materials.  In addition, check the textbooks available on Reserve and in the Reference area of the Science Library.
Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements Resource is highly recommended
MEDLINEplus -- United States National Library of Medicine; a guide to thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and herbs and supplements.

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)

 
OKAY: Google Scholar
Use the "Advanced Search"
BETTER: Strategian Science Database
Includes articles, book chapters, and images in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
Frequent topics:
Arabidopsis | Caenorhabditis elegans
Callosobruchus (beetles) | Climate change
Effects of stress on plants | Escherichia coli
 Pathogenic bacteriaProdigiosin
Serratia marcescens Xenopus

 
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
BEST: Biological Sciences/Agricultural & Environmental Science Database/MEDLINE/PsycINFO Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Search these 4 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic in Neuroscience.
BEST: MEDLINE Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
1809-present (with greater coverage beginning in the 1940's). One of the premier sources for bibliographic coverage of medicine, medical research, health care, molecular biology, physiological psychology, bioethics, and much more. Accessed through ProQuest.

Locate

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

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Kevin Engel
Science Librarian
Tel: 641-269 4234

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