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Research Skills

The Big6 is a 6-step process used to effectively and efficiently research. The Big6 Skills approach to information problem-solving process allows the student to demonstrate the ability to:   



         *  identify the information problem and types and amount

             of information needed        

         *  consider all possible sources and develop a plan to find sources 

         *  locate information from a variety of sources

         *  use (read, listen, view and touch) and extract the information

         *  organize and communicate your information

             and create product  

         *  evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency process

             of your product 

"A research project is more complicated than getting the answers from the book or writing out of your own head. It requires you to keep track of a lot of different things! You need to do some original thinking, look for examples to support your ideas and put it all together in a neat package to present.  Remember, the research process is recursive, which means that at any point you may go back and redo an earlier step!"                           

  Research skills; You will learn how to:

  • develop essential and supporting questions.
  • effectively search the library catalog, databases and the Internet for information. 
  • apply strategies for evaluating websites for accurate information. 
  • cite sources and develop a bibliography.



Sources :  Eisenberg, Michael B. & Berkowitz, Robert E. (1990). Information Problem-solving: The Big Six Skills Approach to Library and Information Skills Instruction. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.
               CRLS Research Guide:




Day 1:  How to use Noodletools to take notes and to create a Bibliography or Works Cited page.

Day 2:  Essential and Supporting Questions, and Open ended vs Closed Questions.

Day 3:  How to use the Library catalog to locate books, what is a Database, how is a database different from a website and when should you use a database.

Day 4:  Search Strategies for finding what you need, using the table of contents and index in a book, narrowing a database or internet search using Boolean operators and phrase searching.

Day 5:  How to evaluate a website you want to use for research.

Day 6:  Complete, self-evaluate and place project in teacher's dropbox.


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