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The Research Process: a guide for students

Big6 (TM) Eisenberg and Berkowitz, 1987.

This step-by-step Big6 process is useful in school or your personal life whenever you have to solve any kind of problem or need to complete a project your teacher assigns to you.  It consists of 6 steps that will lead you to the successful completion of the task or problem.

  • 1. Task Definition
    • 1.1 Define the information problem
    • 1.2 Identify information needed.
  • 2. Information Seeking Strategies
    • 2.1 Determine all possible sources
    • 2.2 Select the best sources
  • 3. Location and Access
    • 3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
    • 3.2 Find information within sources.
  • 4. Use of information.
    • 4.1 Engage (e.g. read, hear, view, touch)
    • 4.2 Extract relevant information.
  • 5. Synthesis
    • 5.1 Organize from multiple sources.
    • 5.2 Present the information.
  • 6. Evaluation
    • 6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
    • 6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)