The Big6 Research ProcessDeveloped by Michael Eisenberg and Robert BerkowitzDesigned to help students with organizing a “plan of attack” and successfully completing a research project.
Task DefinitionDefine the problem.Identify the information needed.Ex: report on insectsEx: research what they eat and what they look like
Information Seeking StrategiesDetermine all possible sources.Select the best sources.
Ex: books, encyclopedias, POWER Library, Internet
Location & AccessLocate sources.Find information within sources.
Ex: library, home, public library
Use of InformationEngage (read, hear, view).Extract relevant information.Ex: read through a specific chapter of a bookEx: take notes
SynthesisOrganize information from multiple sources.Present the result.
Ex: put together notes on what insects eatEx: put together notes on what they look likeEx: write a paragraph for each part
EvaluationJudge the result (effectiveness).Judge the process (efficiency).Ex: Did I answer all parts of my required information?Ex: Do my paragraphs make sense?PLANDOREVIEWWork Consulted:
Eisenberg, Michael B. and Robert E. Berkowitz. The Big6 in Secondary Schools. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Publishing, Inc., 2000.This site has been created by Heather Shumaker.