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BIG SIX RESEARCH METHOD

Big 6 Research
Using the Big 6, students are able to handle any problem, assignment, decision or task.  Here are the six stages we call the BIG 6. Two sub-stages are part of each main category in the Big 6 model:
    
1.  TASK DEFINITION

                1.1 Define the information problem
                1.2 Identify information needed 

     
2.  INFORMATION SEEKING
            STRATEGIES

                   2.1 Determine all possible sources
                2.2 Select the best sources

        
3. Location & Access 
                                                              
                 3.1  Locate sources (intellectually & physically)
                 3.2 Find information within sources

     4.  USE OF INFORMATION

                  4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)
                  4.2 Extract relevant information

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

     6.  EVALUATION
           6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
                  6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)