Research Skills & Tips


                                               Big6 Research

What is the Big6 you ask?

The Big6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve information problems. 
 It was created by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz in 1987.The process includes the following steps:

1.  Task Definition
        1.1 Define the information problem
        1.2 Identify information needed (to  solve the information problem)
            * What is my current task?
            * What are some topics or questions I need to answer?
            * What information will LI need?

    2.  Information Seeking Strategies
        2.1 Determine all possible sources (brainstorm)
        2.2 Select the best sources
            * What are all the possible sources to check?
            * What are the best sources of  information for this task?

    3.  Location and Access
        3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
        3.2 Find information within sources
            * Where can I find these sources?
            * Where can I find teh information in the source?

    4.  Use of Information
        4.1 Engage (e.g., read hear, view, touch)
        4.2 Extract relevant information
            * What information do I expect to find in this source?
            * What information from the source is useful?

5.  Synthesis
5.1 Organize from multiple sources
        5.2 Present the information
            * How will I organize my information?
            * How should I present mlly information?

6.  Evaluation
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
        6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)
            * Did I do what was required?
            * Did I complete each of the Big6 stages efficiently?

                                                        Research Checklist:

 1.) Is my thesis statement clear and concise?

 2.) Did I follow my outline?

 3.) Did I present my arguments in a logical sequence?

 4.) Did I properly cite all sources to ensure that I am not plagiarizing?

 5.) Have I used strong supporting arguments  to prove my thesis?

 6.) Are the points and intentions in my essay clear? 

 7.) Did I use a proper topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph?

 8.) Do I have documented proof or examples to support my arguments?