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Evaluate

Evaluate
 ... questions to ask; how appropriate and valuable is the information?  If useful, a worksheet to go along with the questions.

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.
Credo Reference Restricted Resource
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.
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.
Reference Universe Restricted Resource
Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.
Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Print Location: Science Library Reference Q141 .D5 1970
Contains excellent bibliographies; great source for the history of science.
New Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Print Location: Science Library Reference Q141 .N45 2008
Contains excellent bibliographies.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index Restricted Resource
This database indexes over 2,000 publications containing biographical information on noteworthy people, living and deceased, from all over the world. A wide range of fields of endeavor and periods of history are represented in its sources.
Current Biography Yearbook
Print Location: Burling Ref CT100 .C8
Covers 1940 to present.  Updated by Current Biography monthly supplement.

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)

 
OKAY: Google Scholar
Use the "Advanced Search"
BETTER: Grinnell College Libraries Catalog
Books, ebooks, films, Web sites, music and audio files, databases, art work, and more.
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection Restricted Resource
Online database documenting life in America from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction to the first decade of the 20th century, offering the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. Created in partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, the collection covers topics including politics, religion, health, entertainment, history, science, and the economy.
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.
17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers Restricted Resource
The largest single collection of English news media from these two centuries, this database provides unique content for research into a wide range of political, educational, economic, historical, and journalistic topics.
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 including the history of science.  Accessed through ProQuest
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.
BEST: WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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 books beyond Grinnell College's collections.
America: History and Life/Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Search the two core databases for academic history research together ...

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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