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How to Use This Guide
Welcome to the Diversity and Inclusion Research Guide. This guide has been created especially for you to help you conduct scholarly research for your assignments in this class. Click on each tab for information, tutorials and tips to help you find the resources you need as you conduct original research.
Big 6 Research Steps
1. Task Definition
- Define your assignment & identify information needed to complete it.
- Restate the assignment in your own words. What are you interested in learning?
- Gather basic information about your topic by reading articles, web pages etc.
- Talking with teachers/parents/librarians is also helpful.
2. Information Seeking Strategies
- Make a list of all possible sources & select the best ones.
- Choose from nonfiction, news articles, reference books, web pages, databases, directories and multimedia encyclopedias.
3. Location and Access
- Locate sources & find information within the texts.
- Consult the library catalog, library reference section, search engines, and web-based references on this guide.
- Use an organizer to map out your topic and sub topics
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Big 6 Research Steps
4. Use of Information
- Read, hear, view & extract the most valuable information
- Use skimming and scanning to find information that addresses your topic.
- Look for key words, pictures, read headlines and first & last paragraphs of articles to help find the “right” information.
- Take notes with NoodleTools, note cards, another method that works best for you & cite your sources.
- Choose the format of your project and organize your research notes according to how you will share the information.
- If your format is a paper, begin by writing an outline.
- Judge the product and the process.
- Make a rubric to evaluate your work. Did you meet the objective?