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This guide is for assisting student with any research process.

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"The person who does the work is the only one who is learning."

Six Step Research Process (Big6)

1. Task Definition
         Define the problem/Select a topic/Know your assignment

2. Information Seeking Strategies
         Determine all possible sources (brainstorm)

3. Location and Access
         Find information within sources (books, magazines, databases, websites)

4. Use of Information
      Evaluate the information

5. Synthesis
     
 Integrate information into your assignment.
      Cite your sources

6. Evaluation
      Judge the product (effectiveness)
      Judge the process (efficiency)

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The Big6 Skills

1. Task Definition
         Define the problem/Select a topic/What do you want to know? Types of tasks: scientific investigation (prediction, procedure, data, conclusion)
         Identify information needed (to solve the information problem)

  •    What is my current task? What are the requirements? What are the necessary ingredients for you to be successful? What are you being asked to do:
       
       Find facts (gathering and presenting information)
       Information analysis (examining, interpreting and explaining information)
       Persuasion (influencing your audience to view information as you do)
       Problem solving (presenting information about a crisis and its resolution)

  •    What do I already know about my topic? Write it down. 
  •    What are some topics or questions I need to answer? 
  •    What information will I need? What do I need to know?
  •    Using your questions, what key words/tags will help me look up information about the topic? Use your keywords to make a list of synonyms as well as
       related, broader, and narrower search terms.
  •    Select a focus on your topic you can cover well. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want others to learn? 
  •    Write a statement of purpose from your focused topic
  •    Group your questions under similar headings adding new keywords along the way.

2. Information Seeking Strategies
         Determine all possible sources (brainstorm)
         Go to an encyclopedia, or other reference source, to get an overview of the topic
         Select the best sources using RADCAB

  • What are all the possible sources to check on your focused topic?
  • Identify the best sources of information that can answer your questions.

3. Location and Access
      Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
      Find information within sources

  • Where can I find these sources?
  • Where can I find the information in the source?

4. Use of Information
      Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch) all of your selected resources
      Extract relevant information 

  • What information do I expect to find in this source?
  • What information from the source is useful? Will it help you complete your task? Does it answer most of your questions? Will the information help you attain your goals and prove your thesis statement?

       Make source notes for each piece of information you will use.
       Group the source notes under similar subtopics

5. Synthesis
       Present the information

  • How will I organize my information? 
  • How should I present my information? (essay, slideshow, video, oral report, poster)

    Organize from multiple source
    Make an overview/outline of your topic
    Change your statement of purpose into a thesis statement
    Write a rough draft - ask someone you trust to edit your draft.

      Write your final project including all the requirements of the assignment - Term paper (title page, works cited/bibliography, introduction, conclusion,       parenthetical citations, body, thesis statement)

6. Evaluation
      Judge the product (effectiveness)
      Judge the process (efficiency)

  • Did I do what was required?
  • Did I complete each of the Big6 Stages efficiently?
  • Did I turn my project in on time?
  • How can I improve next time?

The Big6 is copyright Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz.