Approach to Information
Define the information problem
Identify information needed (to solve the information
2. Information Seeking Strategies
Determine all possible sources (brainstorm)
Select the best sources
3. Location and Access
Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
Find information within sources
4. Use of Information
Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)
Extract relevant information
Organize from multiple sources
Present the information
Judge the product (effectiveness)
Judge the process (efficiency)
Step #1: Task Definition
Define the Information Problem
Identify the Information Needed
Your Research Question:
What do I already know about this topic?
What do I need to know about this topic?
(Phrase as questions)
What types of information do I need for this topic?
(Examples: Interviews, Magazine Articles, Experiments, Images, Graphs)
What is the relevant vocabulary for this topic?
(Words and Phrases that will help your search)
Step#2: Information Seeking Strategies
What are the best sources of information for my project?
How will I know if the sources are accurate and authoritative?
Determine all possible sources
What are all the possible sources
*on the topic
Select the best sources
What are the best sources of
information for this
(library catalogue, webpath express,
Step#3: – Location and Access
Where will I find these sources?
___ school library catalogue
___ webpath express
Who can help me find what I need?
___ I can find the resources myself
___ my parent(s)/guardian(s)
___ team members
Step #4 – Use of Information
Engage (read, hear, view)
How will I record the information that I find?
___take notes using cards
___take notes on notebook paper
___take notes using a graphic organizer
Extract relevant, quality information
Have I credited each resource by listing:
___title of book
___author of book
___title of website
___date I used website
Step #5 – Synthesis How will I show
____ written paper
____ multimedia presentation
____ oral presentation
How will I give credit to my final product or
____ include a written bibliography
____ after the performance or presentation,
announce which sources I used
Materials I will need for my presentation or performance (list, separating
How much time will I need to find the information and create the
Timeline for assignments
- ideas for product (task definition) completed by
- information seeking and note taking completed by
- first draft due
- final project due
Step #6 – Evaluation
How will I know if I have done my best?
Before turning in my work, I need
to check off all of these items
What I created to finish the assignment
is appropriate for what I was supposed
do in step #1
The information I found in step #4 matches the
information needed in step #1
Credit is given to all of my sources, written in the way
my teacher requested
My work is neat
My work is complete and includes heading information
(name, date, etc.)
I would be proud for anyone to view this work
Additional search engines
http://clusty.com this is an engine
that includes a search bar and then
categories – news, images, blog,
Wikipedia, jobs, more
http://ipl2.org this is the Internet
Public library and has a search bar
with categories – kids, teens, resources by subject, more
http://www.kidzsearch.com type in a search query in order to be
returned with student-orientated content. Ask a question, browse sites,
or explore news
http://www.kid-search.com updated database of keywords and key
phrases to help searching for specific topics
http://www.gogooligans.com an engine designed for kids and teens.
Just type in key words or phrases. You have option to refine your search.
http://www.sweetsearch.com this has a very large base to many great
http://www.bubbl.us where you use a mind map to generate places
that may help you locate information. You have to join up but its free.
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