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Evaluate

Evaluate
 ... 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:

Secondary literature looks like this or this ...
Primary literature looks like this, this, or this ... (note the format--IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussionReferences)


Group #1:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/20/sunday-review/climate-change-hot-future.html?rref=collection/timestopic/Global%20Warming&_r=0
 
 Group #2:
 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2752097
 CDC Fluoridation 
 
 Group #3:
 http://fluoridealert.org/
 
Group #4:
E15

Permafrost 1
Permafrost 2
Permafrost 3

Predatory publishers
Stay up to date! Stay informed! Restricted Resource
Register for any device, any time access to the –
New York Times
https://myaccount.nytimes.com/verification/edupass
The Washington Post (does not require registration)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/regional/
Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle.com (log in—upper right)
PressReader
www.pressreader.com/catalog (sign in upper right; works best with Chrome)
Foreign Affairs (does not require registration)
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/

 
Questions?  See Kevin (engelk@grinnell.edu)
 

Define

Research question/understand and define a topic
... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? These secondary sources can help you --
*topic ideas
*understand concepts
*answer fact questions
*discover search terms, phrases, and names
*focus a research question
Remember, 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.
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.
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 validate/invalidate an answer.
 
OKAY: Google Scholar
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).
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 (1851-2015) 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 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
Times Digital Archive [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.
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/Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Search the two core databases for academic history research together ...
Art & Architecture Source Restricted Resource
Covers a broad range of subjects, from fine, decorative, and commercial art to various areas of architecture and architectural design. International in scope covering English-language journals, books, and more, as well as works published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. The database also has an extensive collection of images.

Locate

Locate
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

 
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Restricted Resource = Restricted resource
Resource contains images = Images
Resource contains video = Video files
Resource contains audio = Audio files
= Scholarly articles
Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended

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