Getting Started With Research

21st Century Learning

Research Defined

Merriam-Webster defines research as:

-careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something

-the activity of getting information about a subject

The Big 6 Research Model

The Big 6

The Big 6 Video

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)


NC WISEOWL Select the High School Zone

Select EBSCO Host, then check the boxes of multiple databases you would like to search in such as: Academic Search Complete, ERIC, and MAS Complete...check as many as you like

No password needed on school campus

Off campus password- Ask Mrs. Mustian

Additional Databases

NC LIVE must have a NC public library card to access

DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

IPL Internet Public Library

ECHO Exploring Cultural Heritage Online

NC PEDIA Online Encyclopedia

PLOL Public Library Of Law

US Census Bureau Nation's People & Economy

Website Evaluation

Evaluating Web Pages Requires Two Actions:

• be suspicious

• think critically about every page you find

1. Look at the URL:

Personal page or site?

What type of domain is it? †com †org/net †edu †gov/mil/us† other:

Appropriate for the content?

Published by entity that makes sense?

Does it correspond to the name of the site?

Publisher or Domain Name entity:

2. Scan the perimeter of page, looking for answers to these questions:

Who wrote the page? Email or Name Listed?

Dated? Date Current enough?

Credentials on this subject?


3. Look for these indicators of quality:

Sources well documented?

Complete? If 2nd-hand information, is it not altered or forged?

Links to more resources? Do they work?

Other viewpoints? Bias?

4. What do others say? Opinions of it?

Who links to it? Many or few? Hint: In Google search: link:all.or.part.of.url

Is the page rated well in a directory?

Look up the author in Google

Does it all add up?

Why was the page put on the Web? Inform, facts, data, explain, persuade, sell, entice,

†share/disclose, other

Possibly ironic? Satire or parody?

BOTTOM LINE: Is the web page as good as (or better than) what you could find in journal articles or other published literature that is not on the free, general web?

Additional Information on Evaluating Resources

Citing Your Sources

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Additional Resources For Researching

Take The Survey!

Please complete a very short survey!


Need More Help?

Stop by the Learning Commons during your free time or with a pass from your teacher if you need any help.

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