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Use the Big6 skills to help you plan and organize your research.

The Big6 Skills Approach to Information Problem-Solving

1. Task Definition

1.1 Define the information problem
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
5. Synthesis
5.1 Organize information from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information
6. Evaluation
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the information problem-solving process (efficiency)