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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.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy Resource is highly recommended
For easy-to-understand, authoritative information about human diseases and disorders.
MEDLINEplus Resource is highly recommended
An incredible wealth of overview and more in-depth information organized by the United States National Library of Medicine.
Drug Information 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.
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.
Merck Veterinary Manual
For easy-to-understand, authoritative information about animal/non-human diseases and disorders.

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)

 
Access World News Research Collection Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
1-secondary ; 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.
LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Useful for coverage of newspapers and some popular magazines 1980's-present; use the Power Search.
Academic Search Premier/Health Source
2-secondary/primary; search these 3 databases for secondary and primary information on medical and health care topics.
Business Source Elite Restricted Resource
1984-present. Searchable database covering national and international business, finance, banking, and industry, but also emphasizing regional business activities and trends.
College Science Database Resource is highly recommended
Includes articles and book chapters in the Sciences (and related areas) found useful by past and present Grinnell College students.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management/MEDLINE Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
3-primary; search these 3 databases simultaneously; a good way to search for primary literature about almost any topic in Medicine.
MEDLINE Restricted Resource
1809-present (with greater coverage beginning in the 1940's). One of the premier sources for bibliographic coverage of medicine, medical research, health care, molecular biology, physiological psychology, bioethics, and much more. Accessed through ProQuest.
WorldCat Restricted Resource
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.

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
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.
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
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
= Scholarly articles
Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data

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Kevin Engel
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