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Intro to Research 6th Grade  

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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 The Big 6 is a 6-step process used to effectively and efficiently research.  Using the Big 6 process, you will:

  •          *  identify information goals 
  •          *  find and evaluate a variety of sources 
  •          *  locate sources  and find information
  •          *  use (read, listen, view and touch) and extract the information   
  •          *  organize your information and create a product
  •          *  evaluate the process and your product 

  "A research project is more complicated than getting the answers from the book or writing out of your own head. It requires you to keep track of a lot of different things! You need to do some original thinking, look for examples to support your ideas and put it all together in a neat package to present.  Remember, the research process is recursive, which means that at any point you may go back and redo an earlier step!"                           

  Research skills; You will learn how to:

  • develop essential and supporting questions.
  • effectively search the library catalog, databases and the internet for information. 
  • apply strategies for evaluating websites for accurate information. 
  • cite sources and develop a bibliography.
Sources :  Eisenberg, Michael B. & Berkowitz, Robert E. (1990). Information Problem-solving: The Big Six Skills Approach to Library and Information Skills Instruction. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.
               CRLS Research Guide:


Day 1:  Learn Noodletools: Create an account, sign in, and create project.

Day 2:  Essential and Supporting Questions:  Small groups develop supporting questions.

Day 3: Open ended vs Closed Questions: Create own supporting questions and record each on a Noodletool notecard.

Day 4:  Search Strategies using Library catalog and Databases: Create bibliography for book source and record answers on a Noodletool notecard.

Day 5:  Search Strategies using Search engines/Internet:  Create bibliography for database source and record answers on a Noodle tool notecard.

Day 6:  Website Evaluation:  Create bibliography for website and record answers on a Noodletool card.

Day 7:  Research day: Finish researching sources, recording answers and "Works Cited" page.

Day 8:  Evaluation: Checklist, self-evaluation and place your project in teacher's dropbox.


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