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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?  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.
Strategian Science on Facebook
Topic ideas and Science news ...
Strategian Science on Twitter
Topic ideas and Science news ...
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.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5
Print Location: Science Library RC455.2.C4 D536 2013 Resource is highly recommended
Current edition of the standard handbook of the American Psychiatric Association.
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.
DailyMed Resource is highly recommended
In-depth information about marketed drugs; National Library of Medicine.
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.

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: 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: 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
Microbiome
Pathogenic bacteria | Prodigiosin
Serratia marcescens Xenopus

 
BEST: PsycINFO/Sociological Abstracts/MEDLINE/Biological Sciences/PsycBOOKS Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Search these five databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature for almost any topic in Psychology.
PsycINFO Restricted Resource
Search the database by itself.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Restricted Resource
Subjects covered include the nature, use, and teaching of language as well as linguistics, phonetics, speech, communication, sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, hearing and speech physiology, and related topics.

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
Includes links to resources available through Grinnell College (from computers on campus).
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
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Kevin Engel
Science Librarian
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