Starting a research project is an exciting adventure into new learning!  It also can be daunting to begin the process.  Here are the steps to researching and some online research sites that will save time in locating information.

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The Steps….

  1. Define your problem or question
  2. Decide what sources of information you can use (make a list)
  3. Locate your sources
  4. Start reading, printing, taking notes
  5. Evaluate how well you did. What could you do differently next time?

The Big Six

  • Task Definition – What do I need to do?
  • Information Seeking Strategies – What can I use to find what I need?
  • Information Seeking Strategies – What can I use to find what I need?
  • Use of Information – What information can I use?
  • Synthesis – What can I make to finish the job?
  • Evaluation – How will I know if I did my job well?

The Research Cycle

  • Question: identifying and listing the questions you need to explore
  • Plan: developing a strategy to find pertinent information rapidly
  • Gather: harvesting information which casts light on the key questions
  • Sort, Sift and Analyze: rearranging the puzzle pieces, looking for patterns
  • Synthesize: making sense of the puzzle pieces – getting the picture
  • Evaluate: figuring out what’s missing, what else is needed
  • Report: sharing insights persuasively


  • S: Select and focus topic and information needs.
  • U: Uncover potential sources of information. Learn how to access them.
  • C: Collect, examine, and select suitable resources.
  • C: Compile relevant information from selected sources.
  • E: Evaluate, interpret, analyze, and synthesize the information.
  • E: Establish and prepare an appropriate format and present the information.
  • D: Determine the effectiveness of the whole process.