All Resources

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 Tony Lewis.


Information Strategy

Information Strategy
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.

Evaluate

Evaluate
 ... 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:

Secondary literature looks like this or this ...
Primary literature looks like this, this, or this ... (note the format--IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussionReferences)


Group #1:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/20/sunday-review/climate-change-hot-future.html?rref=collection/timestopic/Global%20Warming&_r=0
 
 Group #2:
 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2752097
 CDC Fluoridation 
 
 Group #3:
 http://fluoridealert.org/
 
Group #4:
E15

Permafrost 1
Permafrost 2
Permafrost 3

Predatory publishers
Stay up to date! Stay informed! Restricted Resource
Register for any device, any time access to the –
New York Times
https://myaccount.nytimes.com/verification/edupass
The Washington Post (does not require registration)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/regional/
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle.com (log in—upper right)
PressReader
www.pressreader.com/catalog (sign in upper right; works best with Chrome)
Foreign Affairs (does not require registration)
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/

 
Questions?  See Kevin (engelk@grinnell.edu)
 

Define

Research question/understand and define a topic
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you --
*topic ideas
*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

Elemental Data Index
Retrieve online scientific data for a specific element; NIST.

Identify

Identify
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
 
OKAY: Google Scholar
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).
BETTER: Academic OneFile Restricted Resource
This database offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research. Includes nearly 14,000 indexed periodicals and journals covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other many subjects in a variety of languages. Full-text articles are available in either PDF or HTML formats.



 
BETTER: Grinnell College Libraries Catalog
Books, ebooks, films, Web sites, music and audio files, databases, art work, and more.
APS Journal Search Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
American Physical Society; search and retrieve the full text of APS journals from 1893 to the present.
arXiv Resource is highly recommended
1991–present. An e-print service which presents papers in physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear science, computer science, and quantitative biology.
Astrophysics Data System
"The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 13.9 million records covering publications in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and the arXiv e-prints."
INIS
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.
TRB
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.
WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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.

Locate

Locate
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

 
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

Subject Specialist
Picture: Kevin Engel

Kevin Engel
Science Librarian
Tel: 641-269 4234

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