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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 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, this, or this ... (note the format--IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussionReferences)

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
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle.com (log in—upper right)
PressReader
www.pressreader.com/catalog (sign in upper right; works best with Chrome)
 
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 --
*understand concepts
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, true research is rarely a straight path.

Headline Science
Database -- topic ideas, and Science news and analysis ...

Database Help

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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.
Annual Reviews Restricted Resource
1932-present. Provides critical reviews of the primary research literature in 46 disciplines within three broad catagories of academic endeavor: the biomedical/life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.

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: Science Primary Literature
Includes articles, book chapters, and images that have been used and cited by multiple Grinnell students and have been highly cited in the scientific literature.

Database help


 
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: PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915-present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
BEST: Biological Sciences/Agricultural & Environmental Science Database/MEDLINE Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Search these 3 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic related to Agriculture.
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Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
Anthropological Literature Restricted Resource
Indexes journal articles and edited works in archaeology, anthropology, and linguistics; also covers sociology, history, ethnohistory, demography, geography, international development, and human genetics.

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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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
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Kevin Engel
Science Librarian
Tel: 641-269 4234

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