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Big6 Research Steps

1. Task Definition 

1.1 Define the information problem (What do I need to do?)

1.2 Identify information needed in order to complete the task (to solve the information problem)
What do I need to Know?

2. Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)(Where can I look for information?)

2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources)
 (Look at the information sources and find the best information)

3. Location and Access

3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically) (Get the books, print the articles)

3.2 Find information within sources  Use the index, Table of Contents, Subheadings to help you locate information

4. Use of Information   
4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch) the information in a source Skim, scan, READ  

4.2 Extract relevant information from a source TAKE NOTES

5. Synthesis
5.1 Organize information from multiple sources (Make an Outline and a Rough Draft)

5.2 Present the information (Make a Proofread and Perfect Final Copy)
6. Evaluation 
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness) 
6.2 Judge the information problem-solving process (efficiency)
Adapted from the Big6 Research Process- by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz

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