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6 Ways to Look at Research

Step 1

What is the current task/assignment?

What are some topics or questions I need to answer/ complete the task/assignment?

What information do I need to answer/complete the task/assignment?

*talking with a Librarian at this step is always helpful!

Step 2

What are all the possible sources to check? (brainstorm)   

Out of that list, what will be the best sources of information for this task/assignment?

*talking with a Librarian at this step is always helpful! 

Step 3

Where can I find those sources?

Once I have the sources, where do I find the information in them?

*talking with a Librarian at this step is VERY VERY helpful!

Step 4

What kind of information is the source providing?

What part of the task/assignment do I expect to find information for in this source?

What information from the source helps to answer/complete the task/assignment?

*talking with a Librarian at this step is VERY VERY helpful!

Step 5

How should the information go together to complete the task/assignment?

How will I organize the information?

How should I present the information?

Step 6

Did I do what was required?

Did I complete the task/assignment thoroughly and efficiently?