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Evaluate, define, identify, locate ... and then evaluate again.
... 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.
Take charge of the information in your life:
Seek information, not affirmation
Source + Motivation = Value
Dig deeper–do not rely on just one source
Understanding is key
Primary and Secondary Literature:
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
The Washington Post (does not require registration)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle.com (log in—upper right)
www.pressreader.com/catalog (sign in upper right; works best with Chrome)
Foreign Affairs (does not require registration)
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.
Print Location: Science Library Reference SB45 .B22 1976
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Open-access peer-reviewed online journal covering a broad range of topics in research on Arabidopsis thaliana and related species, supported by the American Society of Plant Biologists.
The full text of 900+ well-known biology and other science textbooks, reports, and other materials. In addition, check the textbooks available on Reserve and in the Reference area of the Science Library.
... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or validate/invalidate an answer.
Use the "Advanced Search"; can also be used as a tool to focus a broad search (try out search terms, find a possibility, search that possibility in a disciplinary database, and then use the indexing to more precisely find additional papers).
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.
Search these 3 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic in Biology.
1809–present (with greater coverage beginning in the 1940s). 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.
Database maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine, providing classification and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases, representing about 10% of the described species of life on the planet.
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; historical information (pre-2003).
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 quickest way to see if we have access to a --
Journal article --
on-campus: Google Scholar (search by title)
off-campus: Database OR Library Catalog
Book (print or ebook) --
on/off-campus: Library Catalog
= Restricted resource
= Video files
= Audio files
= Scholarly articles
= Quantitative data
= Highly recommended
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