Introduction to Research


1. Task Definition: What Information?

1.1 Define the information problem
1.2 Identify information needed

What do I need to find out and where will I find it? Read for background knowledge and topic development.


2. Information Seeking Strategies: Which Sources?

2.1 Determine all possible sources
2.2 Select the best sources

What original ideas can I incorporate into my thesis?


3. Location and Access: Where?

3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
3.2 Find information within sources

Collect just the information you will actually use for the project at this point in the process.


4. Use of Information: Learn

4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)
4.2 Extract relevant information

Extract only the best information.


5. Synthesis: Create and Credit

5.1 Organize from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information

Credit Your Sources


6. Evaluation

6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)

Make sure you have met the requirements and done your best work. 
The Big6 Research Process

Created by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz

The Big6™ Skills

The Big6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem.This page is an overview of the entire process. Please see the individual pages for hints and links for each step. You will also find ideas for taking electronic notes and using other online resources.

Planning for research

What Sources are Best for This Project

Persistently collect the best sources.

Read and Review the Sources
& Take Notes

It is important to give credit where credit is due. At GHHS we use the MLA (Modern Language Association) format for formal citations.

Check Your Work!