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Big6 Research Strategies
If you have any questions during the research process feel free to email me or stop in and ask me at school.
What is the Big6?
The Big6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem. From practice and study, we found that successful information problem-solving encompasses six stages with two sub-stages under each...
1. Task Definition
Define the information problem
Identify information needed
2. Information Seeking Strategies
Determine all possible sources
Select the best sources
3. Location and Access
Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
Find information within sources
4. Use of Information
Engage (read, hear, view, touch)
Extract relevant information
Organize from multiple sources
Present the information
Judge the product (effectiveness)
Judge the process (efficiency)
Information needed for MLA Citations:
Title of source
Title of container
Popular Citation Formats
Book: Last, First M. Book. City: Publisher, Year Published. Print.
Chapter: Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.
Dictionary: Author Last, First M. "Entry Name." Def. Number. Website Title. Ed. First M. Last. Comp. First M. Last. Trans. First M. Last. Publisher/Sponsor, Date Mon. Year Published. Web. Date Mon. Year Accessed.
Essay: Last, First M. "Essay Title." Book/Anthology, Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Journal: Last, First M., and First M. Last. "Article Title." Journal Title Series Volume. Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Print.
Magazine: Last, First M. "Article Title." Magazine Title. Date Month Year Published: Page(s). Print.
Newspaper: Last, First M. "Article Title." Newspaper Title [City] Date Month Year Published: Page(s). Print.
Online Database: Last, First M. "Article Title." Database Name. Database Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Website: Last name, First name. "Article Title." Website Title. Publisher of Website, Day Month Year article was published. Web. Day Month Year article was accessed. <URL>.
Video: Last name, First name of the creator. “Title of the film or video.” Title of the website, role of contributors and their First name Last name, Version, Numbers, Publisher, Publication date, URL.