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  • 1. The Big 6 Research Process

2. Task Definition: What is your question? 3. Task Definition

  • What is the assignment?
  • What is the essential question?
  • What is my hypothesis/thesis statement? (Pre-research / Post-research)
  • Brainstorm ideas / begin looking for information and see what develops
  • Is there enough information to do justice to my topic?
  • For More information:
    • Deep Web Search:http:// clusty.comcan help you narrow your topic
    • Searching tutorial:
    • Thesis builder:
    • Use Inspiration to create a mind map of possible topics
    • Graphic organizers: many types available here:
      • http://
    • Essential questions:http://

4. Information Seeking Strategies:How & Where will you look for information? 5. Information Seeking Strategies

  • What are the best sources of information for my project?
    • Begin by searching theDestiny catalogfor resources we have in the library
  • How will I know if the sources are accurate and authoritative?
  • More information on searching and analyzing sources:
    • Search Tutorial from UC Berkeley:
    • Analyze websites: UC Berkeley interactive form:
    • Use this site to help students recognize an informational website:

6. Location & Access: Finding & Using information 7. Location and Access

  • Where will I find the best sources?
    • Ask the librarian for help
  • How will I access the sources?

8. Use of Information: Extracting what you need 9. Use of Information

  • How will I gather and record the information for my project?
  • How will I give credit to my sources?
  • More information on extracting information and citing sources
    • How to paraphrase:
    • Taking notes, useCornell Notesas recommended by David Burke
    • Citation machine:

10. Synthesis: Constructing yourproduct 11. Synthesis

  • What product or performance will I create to finish the assignment?
  • How will I give credit to my sources in my final project?
  • More information
    • Project contract:
      • Student Project Contract
    • Citation machine:http:// /

12. Assessment: How will you judge your product? 13. Assessment

  • How will I self-assess my final project before handing it in?
  • Create assessment rubrics:
    • Rubistar

14. Big6 Handouts

  • For students
    • Big6 Research Notebook
    • Assignment Organizer
    • Writing Process Organizer
    • Presentation Guidelines
  • For Teachers
    • Steps to Teacher Librarian Collaboration
    • Instructional Unit Planning Guide
    • Strategies for Computer Collaboration
    • Evaluating Big6 Units