Big 6 Summary

  • Step 1 – Define the question you need to research – what information do you need?
  • Step 2 – Determine all possible sources and select the best
  • Step 3 – Locate sources and find information within the sources
  • Step 4 – Read the sources and extract the relevant information
  • Step 5 – Organize multiple sources and present the information
  • Step 6 – Judge your product and your research for effectiveness


  • Branch out from using Google
    • Remember – Google is not a website; it is a search engine!
    • Use Webpath Express (sign into Destiny – Catalog tab)
      • Gives you reading level information and better quality websites
      • Create a Resource List (Catalog tab) to save the websites you find
  • If you use Google, do an Advanced Search
    • Once you do your basic search, click on the crank wheel in the upper right corner of the search engine.

          You can narrow your results by:

    • Language (English language only)
    • Last update (for example, find only sites updated within the last year)
    • Site or domain (can limit to .edu or .gov, for example)
    • Reading level (basic, intermediate, and advanced)

Sources (continued)

  • Use databases
    • Media Center Projects tab – Online Databases
      • (KidSearch)
        • iCONN also has other databases you can use, such as the Science Reference Center, which can be used for Health research
        • From school, you will go right to site by clicking on the link on the Media Center website (Projects tab)
        • Use library card from home
        • From the main screen, under Individual Resources, choose Middle School
        • You can save articles to your computer (H drive here at school)
      • Country Reports
        • harbormid is username and password
        • Find your country in the alphabetical list under Countries at the top
      • Global Issues in Context
        • milford is password
        • Use Advanced Search (at top)
        • Type in keywords
        • You can limit by Lexile at the bottom (try for around 1000)
      • Grolier Online (online encyclopedia)
        • Username is milfordsd
        • Password is remote
        • Books/Magazines/Newspaper articles (hard copies)

The Key to Keywords

  • Keywords are the most important words
  • Google and other web-based sources only provide you with what you ask for
  • Make sure you only include the most important terms
  • Need to be accurate and precise
    • Not too many keywords and not too few
    • Start with two or three words and revise as necessar
  • Use synonyms if you cannot find anything using the terms you used at first
  • Google (and many other internet sources) read your search as requiring all terms
    • Example: a search for social media would include websites talking about an ice cream social in the media center
    • Solution: use quotes – “social media”
    • Will only find sites where the term social media is used (words appear together)







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