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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.
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.
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
Use this database to get a quick idea of what is being published on a topic--to help define a research question or topic--and to determine search terms useful for finding primary literature.

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-secondary 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-secondary/primary
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition Restricted Resource
1975-present. Provides access to hundreds of peer-reviewed journals focusing on many medical disciplines, with emphasis on nursing and allied health.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
College Science Database Resource is highly recommended
Includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
Neurosciences Abstracts/MEDLINE/PsycINFO Restricted Resource
3-primary Search these 3 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic in Neuroscience. The latest 10 years of MEDLINE is included in this search.
MEDLINE Restricted Resource
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.
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.
Drug Information 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.
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 images = Images
Resource contains video = Video files
Resource contains audio = Audio files
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
= Scholarly articles
Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data

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Kevin Engel
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