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The Big6™ Research Process
Information for Teachers



The Big6™ and the Super3™ are registered trademarks for an information skills curriculum that was co-developed by Dr. Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.
Big6 website: www.big6.com
Teacher Tips:
  • Include your librarian in the planning of the project and in the teaching of research skills
    Collaboration Planning Template
  • Use the sample forms and websites that are included on this site for additional information.
  • Be aware that giving your students opportunities to learn research skills not only meets our Information Skills Curriculum Objectives but also helps them become better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and decision makers



1. Task Definition
1.1 Define the information task (problem to solve or assignment to complete)
1.2 Identify information needed to complete the assignment or to solve the information problem
2. Information-Seeking Strategies
2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)
2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources)

.Web page Evaluation- An excellent tool for determining the value of a web page. Includes a downloadable format.

3. Location and Access
3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
3.2 Find information within sources
     Guide students to a variety of information and include resources such as print materials (books, magazines), Internet sites, non-print materials (videos, maps), community resources (people, public library), Dewey Decimal Call Numbers, and search strategies (keywords and phrases).
     *The Pathfinders Section is under construction and will be available soon.

Online Databases
      Infotrac on NC Wise Owl
      Lands and People on NC Wise Owl
      Jr. Reference on NC Wise Owl
      Kids Know It
      Fact Monster
      Awesome Library  
Great places for teachers to find Internet sites and resources to support school projects
  • 42Explore- This amazing site has preselected Web resources and activities for multiple topics.
  • American Memory Collection- from the Library of Congress. If you teach social studies, you need to visit this page. Click on "Learning Page" for lessons and resources.
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet
  • KidsClick- Sites selected by librarians. Includes reading levels.
  • Yahoo! Kids- Kid friendly sites. Check out the teacher section.
  • Thinkfinity- Links to top sites in many disciplines, professionally developed lesson plans, classroom activities, materials to help with daily classroom planning, and more.
  • Sweet Search--a search engine for students


4. Use of Information
4.1 Engage (read, hear, view) the information within a source
4.2 Extract relevant information from a source

Note-taking - Techniques for note-taking can be found at these sites:

Graphic Organizers provide a way to organize information for note-taking, brainstorming, presentation and more. Several excellent graphic organizers can be found at these sites:

Citing Sources:
Copyright and plagiarism
Copyright for Kids
     Plagiarism for Kids
5. Synthesis
5.1 Organize information from different sources
5.2 Present the information


6. Evaluation
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the information problem-solving process (efficiency)