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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.

Evaluate

Evaluate
 ... questions to ask; how appropriate and valuable is the information?  A worksheet to go along with the questions.


Seek information, not affirmation

Source + Motivation = Value

Dig deeper–do not rely on just one source


Primary and Secondary Literature:
Secondary literature looks like this or this ...
Primary literature looks like this or this ... (note the format--IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussionReferences)

Define

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

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.
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"
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.
BEST: APS Journal Search Restricted Resource
American Physical Society; search and retrieve the full text of APS journals from 1893-present.
BEST: arXiv
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.
TRID
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.

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.
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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Kevin Engel
Science Librarian
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