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License Agreements

Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic journals, databases, and other resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by contracts or license agreements between the College and publishers or third parties. In many cases, license agreements impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law, and these terms may also limit uses of non-copyrighted material. Members of the Grinnell College community are expected to make reasonable and good faith efforts to comply with the terms of these agreements.

Citing Sources

Giving credit for others' ideas not only demonstrates that you have familiarized yourself with the scholarship in the field and earned the right to have a say, it allows other scholars to learn from your work by following the lead of your research. For more ideas, tips and strategies, see Doing Research.

Sample Academic Research Assignments

There are many ways for students to learn from the findings of their academic research.  What follows is a sampling of possibilities, and librarians are always happy to work with you to create new assignments.

Abstract or Executive Summary of a scholarly article: Students are asked to read a scholarly article and write an abstract or executive summary of it, including the author’s thesis, argument, evidence, and conclusions.

Anatomy of a Research Paper:  Students conduct the research but do not actually write the paper (for your class):

Research Tutors

The Libraries hire friendly, accomplished students to work in Burling Library as research tutors. Our tutors staff Burling’s research desk Sunday thru Thursday, 2-6 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. for a total of 40 hours each week. Tutors help students and faculty members explore potential research topics, search for and obtain relevant material, and consider a wide range of promising sources, such as peer-reviewed scholarship, newspaper articles, images, primary sources, and data, for instance.