HS Library Big 6 Research Steps

Big 6 Research Steps

Big6™ Steps for Library Research

#1. Task Definition
1.1 Define the problem.
– What does your teacher want you to do?
– Ask for an explanation of anything unclear.
1.2 Identify the information needed.
– What do you already know?
– What more do you need to find out?

#2. Information Seeking Strategies
2.1 Determine all possible sources: library books, reference works, online databases, Internet websites, videos, experts on your topic, etc.

2.2 Select the best sources for your needs.

#3. Location and Access
3.1 Locate resources.
3.2 Find information within sources.

#4. Use of Information
4.1 Engage (e.g. read, hear, view the information in the source).
4.2 Extract relevant information.

#5. Synthesis
5.1 Organize information from multiple sources.
5.2 Present the result.

#6 Evaluation
6.1 Judge the result (effectiveness).
6.2 Judge the process (efficiency).