The Big 6

  • The Big six research Strategies

    The Big 6 is an information and technology literacy model and curriculum, implemented in thousands of schools – K through higher education. Some people call The Big 6 an information problem-solving strategy because with The Big 6, students are able to handle any problem, assignment, decision or task.

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    Research Strategies  ||  Resource Check


    Research Strategies

    1. Task Definition

    • What is my task, assignment, problem, or question?
    • What information do I need?

    2. Information Seeking Strategies

    • What keywords will help me find the information?
    • What are the questions I should answer?
    • Should I narrow my topic?

    3. Location and Access

    • Where will I find my best possible resources?
    • How will I locate information (index, table of contents, headings, subheadings bold print, search engines, using the operators and, or , and not) and who could I ask?
    • Which are the best sources to use in the Cascade High School Library?

    4. Use of Information

    • After I have read, viewed, or heard information how do I make meaning of it? Is it relevant to my task?
    • What should I record?
    • What is important?
    • How could I record it (not cards, copy & paste)?

    5. Synthesis

    • How will I organize information from multiple sources?
    • What conclusions have I made?
    • How will I give credit to my sources (biblio/footnotes)?
    • How will I present or use this information?

    6. Evaluation

    • Have I completed the required assignment?
    • Am I happy with my work?
    • Is it logically organized?
    • Did I really answer the question?
    • How efficient was my research?
    • Did I use my time well?



    Resource Check

    1. Book Collection

    • Reference materials: dictionaries, thesaurus, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlas, current biographies
    • Fiction, historical fiction, story collections
    • Non-fiction (Dewey numbers), guide to periodicals, magazines - back issues & current

    2. Newspapers

    • The Herald
    • Seattle Times

    3. Resources at Circulation Desk

    • DVDcollection
    • Video tape collection
    • Textbooks

    4. Other Resources

    • Professional library
    • MLA sources documentation guidelines

    5. Online Resources

    • Cascade High School homepage
    • ProQuest (newspapers, periodicals, journals)
    • World Book Online
    • Internet Access
    • ELibrary
    • CultureGrams
    • Library of Congress
    • EasyBib

    6. Other Libraries

    • Everett Public Library
    • Everett Community College Library
    • Mill Creek Sno Isle Library System

    Have you asked the library staff? They may know of other resources!