BIG 6 steps!

1. Task Definition
a. Define the information problem
b. Identify information needed

2. Information Seeking Strategies
a. Determine all possible sources
b. Select the best sources

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

4. Use the Information
a. Engage (read, hear, view, touch)
b. Extract relevant information

5. Synthesis
a. Organize from multiple sources
b. Present the information

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

People go through these BIG6 stages--consciously or not--when they seek or apply information to solve a problem or make a decision. It's not necessary to complete these stages in a linear order, and a given stage doesn't have to take a lot of time.

Career Resources

PDF of PA Career Guide (2012)

Career Builder

PA Career Link

Gale Resources Ebook Trial password--pl2624

Research Tools:

To help you organize and get your research in on time!

Assignment Calculator--For the procrastinator in all of us!

Clusty -- Brainstorm topic ideas using result clusters
Organize your ideas! -- Type your ideas into the form and they will be organized into a meaningful outline.

Wolfram Alpha search