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Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Sheryl Bissen.

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.


 ... 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--IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussionReferences)


Research question/understand and define a topic
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you --
*understand concepts
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, 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.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
Print Location: Science Library Reference QD65 .H3

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics
Print Location: Science Library Reference QC5 .M15


... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Grinnell College Libraries
Search the Library Catalog to find good, readable overviews of topics in books and other publications; look for clues in this information to help you find primary literature.
APS Journal Search Restricted Resource
2-primary American Physical Society; search and retrieve the full text of APS journals from 1893-present.
PROLA (Physical Review Online Archive) Restricted Resource
1893-present. Searchable online archive of the American Physical Society's journal Physical Review and related publications.
1991-present; an e-print service which presents papers in physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear science, computer science, and quantitative biology.
The International Nuclear Information System (INIS), maintained by the International Atomic Energy Agency, is a leading reference service for literature on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, with special emphasis on the environmental, economic, legal, and health effects of nuclear energy.
Comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information, maintained by the U.S. National Academies, the Joint Transport Research Centre of the International Transport Forum, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Useful for finding information on engineering topics.
ICE Virtual Library
Online content platform for the publishing arm of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a leading provider of information for academics, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of civil engineering, construction, and materials science.
Elemental Data Index
Retrieve online scientific data for a specific element; NIST.
International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry, and Technology
Contains numerical data on pure substances and organic and inorganic compounds. Features physical, thermodynamic, mechanical, and other key properties, with a hyperlinked index. Used primarily by those involved in chemistry, physics, and engineering.
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. To get to the international newspapers, use the "World" link under Shortcuts in the left sidebar.
PAIS International Restricted Resource
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.
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.


... 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.
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.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
Key to Icons

Restricted Resource = Restricted resource
Resource contains images = Images
Resource contains video = Video files
Resource contains audio = Audio files
= Scholarly articles
Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended

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