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DMS_Research Course_Historical Biography_Rota: Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies

Picking & choosing

Are you beginning to feel anxious? There is so much information, it can be overwhelming but now that you have selected a person you are off to a great start!

Follow the steps on this page to get an idea of things you should be thinking and doing. 

Exploring primary and secondary sources

Step 2: Information seeking strategies


Take a "bird's eye view" of the information. There are places you can go to that will give you a few paragraphs of general information.

They are:

Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a great starting point but should not be the only thing you use. 
• an online encyclopedia like World Book.

The goal is to read enough to reassure yourself you have selected the right person for your report.

Keep jotting down your thoughts, ideas, keywords, and questions. Writing down your thoughts is important, even if your ideas don't get used. What looks interesting? What needs to be looked at more closely?

  • What other sources of information are out there?
  • Where will the best information be?
  • What source(s) are the most accurate?
  • What is easy to use?
  • What about the library catalog?
  • What about the library catalog's Webpath Express?
  • What about an electronic resource?

Out on the internet? Select the best information using RADCAB

What is an electronic resource?

Information that is found electroncially. This includes:

  • eResources (journals, newspapers, dictionaries, encyclopedias, reference ebooks)

What to do with conflicting information

Fact vs. opinion