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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.
Hortus third : a concise dictionary of plants cultivated in the United States and Canada
Print Location: Science Library Reference SB45 .B22 1976

Plants Database
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Arabidopsis Book
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.
NCBI Bookshelf
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.

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)

 
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
1-popular/primary
BioOne Complete Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of over 100 scholarly Biology journals from many different publishers. Coverage varies by title but is generally the current 5 to 10 years of issues. Access to the content is also available from other databases via JournalFinder and the "Search for full text" links.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Full text access to past years of 100+ journals covering the Biological and General Sciences; years of coverage depend upon the journal but access is not usually available to the most current 2-5 years of each journal.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
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.
Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management/MEDLINE/Plant Science Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
2-primary; search these 4 databases at the same time; a good way to start searching for primary literature about almost any topic in Plant Science.
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.
AGRICOLA
3-primary
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.
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.
Plants Database
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Taxonomy Database
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.
Trends Online: A Compendium of Data on Global Change Resource contains quantitative data
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy; historical information (pre-2003).

Locate

Locate
... get that evidence--download it, find it on the shelf, etc.
Grinnell College Libraries
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 newspapers = Newspapers
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Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data

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