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Put research in the 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.

Tools for Online Research

Ask Here a PA librarian-- Pennsylvania's new statewide live chat reference service and is a free service to all residents of Pennsylvania, offering live chat reference 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Internet Public Library --The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment founded at the University of Michigan School of Information and hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology.

Virtual Learning Resources-- The mission of the Virtual Learning Resources Center is to index thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide, in order to provide to students and teachers current, valid information for school and university academic projects!

Google Scholar-- Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Sources and Experts-- This list was created by Kitty Bennett for the newsroom of the St. Petersburg Times, so there's an emphasis on sources we like, including many in Florida. We have a preference for organizations that make it possible to search for experts by area of specialty, that provide contact information (phone and e-mail) and that show credentials. The Universities / Think Tanks, General and Authors sections are useful for one-stop shopping for experts on a wide variety of topics.

Library of Congress--Ask a librarian --The primary mission of the Library of Congress is to serve Members of the Congress and thereafter, the needs of the government, other libraries, and members of the public. The Library's staff will respond to reference and information requests in accordance with this mission.

All Experts-- Allexperts, created in early 1998, was the very first large-scale question and answer service on the net!
We have thousands of volunteers, including top lawyers, doctors, engineers, and scientists, waiting to answer your questions. All answers are free and most come within a day!

Infomine-- INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online


Research Tools:

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

Clusty -- Brainstorm topic ideas using result clusters

Social Issues-- This web page has been created to meet the needs of Multnomah County middle and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives.

Organize your ideas! -- Type your ideas into the form and they will be organized into a meaningful outline.

Wolfram Alpha search

Websites for this project Health and wellness research: