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Information Seeking Strategies

1 Determine all possible sources

2 Select the best sources



Information Seeking Strategies is just a fancy way to describe how you look for information. For instance, when you get an assignment, do you Google the topic and then simply go to the website that is at the top of the list? Do you go to Wikipedia first? These are information seeking strategies. What are all the possible sources to check?What are the best sources of information for this task?

Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)

This means that you need to make a list of all the possible sources of information that will help you answer the questions you wrote in Task Definition above. Consider library books, encyclopedias, web sites, DATABASES (which your library subscribes ERESOURCES), and also people who are experts in your chosen subject. Minnesota has 18 companies on the Fortune 500 list.

2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources)

Now, look carefully at your list. Which ones are actually available to you and are easy for you to use? Circle these. If there are some that you need help using, ask your teacher, librarian, mom or dad.

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