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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
The online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and Yearbooks and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, and more; contains short biographies of 2000+ scientists.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online Restricted Resource
Digital multimedia version of the premier English-language encyclopedia.
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.
Current Biography Yearbook
Print Location: Burling Ref CT100 .C8
Covers 1940 to present.  Updated by Current Biography monthly supplement.
Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Print Location: Science Library Reference Q141 .D5 1970
Contains excellent bibliographies.
New Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Print Location: Science Library Reference Q141 .N45 2008
Contains excellent bibliographies.

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.
New York Times Historical (1851-2013) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2013. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.
Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.
Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource
1473-1700. Contains digital facsimile page images of over 130,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource
1701-1800. Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera.
America: History and Life with Full Text Restricted Resource
3-primary Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.
ATLA Religion Database Restricted Resource
1949-present. Covers religious and theological scholarship in over a thousand international journals and 14,000 multi-author works.
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.
Philosopher's Index Restricted Resource
1940-present. Indexes books and journals in all areas of philosophy, including aesthetics, bioethics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, social & political philosophy, and the philosophy of education, history, language, law, religion, and science.
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.
WorldCat Restricted Resource
4-primary Before 1000 B.C. to the present. The OCLC catalog of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Contains millions of records.

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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