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... 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.
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--Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References)
Register for any device, any time access to the –
New York Times
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle.com (log in—upper right)
www.pressreader.com/catalog (sign in upper right; works best with Chrome)
Questions? See Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you --
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, true research is rarely a straight path.
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.
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.
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Use the "Advanced Search"
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.
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.
Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources offers authoritative reference content for the study of sustainability and environmental issues such as global warming, food safety, and the development of green technologies. Featuring primary-source documents, news and commentary, interactive maps, and contextual multimedia, its materials can be organized by issue, organization, or country or discovered by search.
Books, ebooks, films, Web sites, music and audio files, databases, art work, and more.
Search these 3 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic related to Energy.
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains and provides access to the world's largest archive of raw data sets in the social sciences. Before downloading data, you will be prompted to create a MyData account. You must be on campus to create this account. As long as you log in to your MyData account from an on-campus computer at least every 6 months, you will also be able to download data while you are off campus.
"Online collection of information on alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them. Alternative fuels described here are those defined by the Energy Policy Act of 1992, including biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane"; U.S. Department of Energy.
"Information on several types of renewable energy resources in the United States in the form of publications, data, and maps"; U.S. Department of Energy.
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
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.
... 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.
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.
= Restricted resource
= Video files
= Audio files
= Scholarly articles
= Quantitative data
= Highly recommended
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