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The Big 6:Research Guide

The Big Six: Steps in the Research Cycle


Task Definition

  • What is the question/problem to be solved?
  • What types of information are needed to solve the question/problem?


Information-Seeking Strategies

  • What are the possible sources of information?
  • Which are the best of all the possibilities?


Location and Access

  • Where are these sources?
  • Where is the information in each source?


Uses of Information

  • What information does the source provide?
  • How can you extract the information you need?



  • How does the information from all the sources fit together?
  • How is the information best presented?



  • Was the information problem solved?
  • If the problem had to be solved again, what would you do differently?