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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, valid, and useful is the information?
... 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.
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.
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.
Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.
... 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)
1-popular Useful for coverage of newspapers and some popular magazines 1980's-present; use the Power Search.
Information on aspects of human impact to the environment. Scholarly, government, and general-interest titles about global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
Includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
3-primary; search these 4 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic related to Energy.
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.
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.
"Find scientific research data - such as computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images - generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research in various science disciplines"; U.S. Department of Energy.
"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.
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.
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
... 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.
= Restricted resource
= Video files
= Audio files
= Highly recommended
= Scholarly articles
= Quantitative data
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