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.
5.1 Organize information from multiple sources.
5.2 Present the result.
6.1 Judge the result (effectiveness).
6.2 Judge the process (efficiency).