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EDU 246: Science for Elementary Educators

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Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at or x7553.

Librarian: Barbara Fister
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Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.

Remember, you need to find reliable sources of two types: at least six primary research articles like this one; the rest can be high-quality popular sources, such as this one.

  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    An interdisciplinary database that includes both popular and scholarly articles. You can limit a search to scholarly and/or full text articles.
  • Alt HealthWatch,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=awh

    This database focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international journals and reports. Also includes hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rzh

    Provides indexing for over 3,800 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health dating back to 1937; includes full text for more than 750 of those journals. The articles are mix of primary research articles and information for health practitioners.
  • General Science Collection

    A collection of over 200 journals covering such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Google Scholar

    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
  • GreenFILE,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=8gh

    A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
  • PubMed

    The primary source for scholarly information in the health sciences. This database is provided by the National Library of Medicine and indexes scholarly literature in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Many links to full text are included for articles older than six months. Most of this database may also be searched in the ProQuest interface as MEDLINE.
  • Science Reference Center,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=sch

    This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, and journals. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) SSCI AHCI ISTP ISSHP

    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
Reference Books
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
    A wide-ranging exploration of food and its cultural significance worldwide.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 2850 .E53 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Food Science and Technology
    Covers fundamental concepts and practical requirements in food science, as well as cutting-edge technological and industry information. The encyclopedia features A-to-Z coverage of all aspects of food science, including: the properties, analysis, and processing of foods; genetic engineering of new food products; nutrition monitoring; chemical & microbiological food safety; functional foods & neutraceuticals in food formulation; food substitutes, and more.
    • Location(s): Ref TP 368.2 .E62 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food
    More than 250 essay entries explore products, corporations and entrepreneurs, social history, popular culture, organizations, issues, politics, commercialism and consumerism, and more. Entries include: mad cow disease and factory farming, vegetarianism, the food pyramid, movie tie-ins, obesity, and marketing to children.
    • Location(s): Ref TX 370 .S63 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food
    This encyclopedia illuminates social concerns, economic trends, policy influences, and ecological terms to provide a comprehensive overview. It covers key trends, activities, and themes in organic, sustainable, and local food through topics such as consumers, organizations, farming, policies, and more.
    • Location(s): Ref HD 9005 .E645 2010
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
    Covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. In an A-Z format, this two-volume set details the regions, people, ingredients, foods, drinks, publications, advertising, companies, historical periods, and political and economic aspects pertinent to American cuisine.
    • Location(s): Ref TX 349 .E45 2004
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest

    This organization advocates for the public in areas of nutrition, food safety, health and other realms where science is involved in public health, safety, and policy.
  • Food Politics

    This blog, written by Marion Nestle, includes a running commentary on the connections between food, nutrition, politics, economics, and policy. The tag cloud of topics can lead you to posts on a given topic. Nestle frequently links to news and research sources.
  • Medline Plus

    A consumer website full of reliable information for non-specialists prepared by the National Library of Medicine.

    A portal to government information on nutrition, food safety, dietary guidelines, and more.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

    The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. You may browse the site by subject or enter a keyword search.
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Citing Your Sources

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Journal Locator
    Use this link if you know of a particular journal or magazine that you would like to find; if our library subscribes to it, you will be directed to online or print versions.
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off campus.
  • Reference Desk

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Tuesday, 10 am - midnight; Wednesday - Thursday 10:00 am to 10 pm, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.
    • Chat with a Reference Librarian

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