The Big6 is a Research Process that walks you through the steps of research. You need to 1) understand your assignment 2) figure out what types of information to use 3) find out where and how to access the information 4) how to evaluate and best use the information 5) how to put all the information together and 6) how to evaluate your work and the process.
Use the Worksheets and Outline forms that go along with each of these Steps to make your Research more effective, efficient, and ethical!
Mike Eisenberg explains Big 6 and Super 3
1. TASK DEFINITION
Define the problem in the most clear terms you can. Figure out the information you need.
IMPORTANT! Use the Big 6 Research Organizer and Project Planner
Now start looking for information. Before you jump to the Internet prepare for searching:
What kinds of information will I be searching for?
2. INFORMATION SEEKING STRATEGIES
Consider what sources might have relevant information. Determine the best sources of information relating to your problem. Brainstorm--write down ideas for resources
Now what sources are best for me to use?
This is a good time to set up an appointment with your librarian!
3. LOCATION AND ACCESS
Locate sources you have chosen and find specific information within these sources. Take notes and keep track of your sources.
Find the resources brainstormed in Step 2. This is where you start keeping notes and recording your resources in your MyBib.
Use Big6 Chart Organizer for Taking Notes on this page
4. USE OF INFORMATION
Engage with the information. Depending on the type of resources you have chosen, this involves reading, listening, watching, touching, etc.
How do I evaluate my sources? Are they "good" sources?!
Organize the information you have found: in research this means drafting your paper. This step also involves presenting your findings.
Signal Phases for Better Writing
Judge the product of your research. Did you accomplish what you set out to do? Are there holes or opportunities for further research?
Which "google" search will give better results?
Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:
More information on Advanced Google searching