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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, valid, and useful is the information?

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.
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.
Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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.
Reference Universe Restricted Resource
Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.
Glossary of Geology
Print Location: Science Library Reference QE5 .B38 2005

Historical Atlas of the Earth: A Visual Exploration of the Earth's Physical Past
Print Location: Science Library Reference QE28.3 .H57 1996

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)

 
LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1-popular Useful for coverage of newspapers and some popular magazines 1980's-present; use the Power Search.
Access World News Research Collection Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
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.
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Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
WorldCat Restricted Resource
3-popular/primary
AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.
Earth Revealed
"A video instructional series on geology for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs and coordinated books"; originally produced in 1992; videos freely available for streaming over the Internet.
NASA Earth Observatory Resource contains images
Offers geological, environmental, and geographical information about the planet Earth from NASA's extensive repositories of satellite imagery and numeric data. Includes color photographs, maps, satellite images, articles, data sets, and more.

Locate

Locate
... get that evidence--download it, find it on the shelf, etc.
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Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
JournalFinder
The full text of journals, magazines, newspapers, and books available online through the Grinnell College Libraries.

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Resource contains audio = Audio files
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
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Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data

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