Using the Big6™ Research Process


 As our research process, we use the most widely used information literacy process in the world, the Big6™ Research Process developed by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. It is highly adaptable for solving information problems (any problem that requires information to solve) and is used by all students in kindergarten through fifth grade as well as by our staff. This research process enables our students to become lifelong learners.

Big6™ Skills

1. Task Definition
1.1 Define the information problem (What is my question?)
1.2 Identify information needed in order to complete the task (to solve the information problem)

2. Information Seeking Strategies
2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)
2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (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) the information in a source
4.2 Extract relevant information from a source (note-taking)

5. Synthesis
5.1 Organize information from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information

6. Evaluation

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