LT2 - Big 6 Packet

Welcome to THE BIG 6 Research Packet

Last semester you were introduced to the basics of doing research – ie. using different types of sources (Books, Databases, Websites) as well as beginning to have a critical eye on their content as you wrote their annotated bibliographies.  This was all a stepping stone for our big research project 2nd semester.  Now, you get the full blown process as we will follow the Big 6 Steps to successful research. 

Please go to and put the puzzle together to discover the 6 steps.

Now go to for an explanation.

We’re going to be following these steps as we complete this project. 

Big6 #1: Task Definition & Identifying Information Needed

Creating your proposal was a big part of Task Definition. Additionally, you were told you needed 5 sources.  Those 5 sources need to come in 3 different types/formats.  In the next section you’ll begin to accomplish this. So we jump on to…

Big6 #2 - Information Seeking Strategies  &

 Big6 #3 - Location & Access

It’s time to follow a research pathfinder to find worthwhile resources. (This is still a beginning assessment of available resources, not pulling out information yet.)   

Remember the Arthur books and cartoons from your childhood?

What was the smart sister’s name? Now you’re going to  “BDW”.  You’ll use books, databases, websites. 

But we’re going to start with websites, since that’s usually where you want to start anyway.  

Websites for your research project:

Here’s a tip.  Describe what you need with as few terms as possibleUse keywords, not sentences.

Pick two different search engines of your choice from the ones listed here to search and find a source for your project.  Write the web address next to it. 

Alta Vista (

Oolone ( visual search engine

Sweet Search ( only credible sites are queried

Twurdy ( rates websites based on how easy or hard they are to read/understand



Remember the Google Advanced Search Packet from 1st semester?   I’d like you to go to Google’s Advanced Search by typing in “”

In the “Exact word or phrase” box, put in your topic. 

In the “last update”, set it to “within a year”. If you don’t like the results, reset it to “anytime”.      

In the “Site or domain” box, type in .edu  (the last part of the address)


#3 - Write the web address of the website that you like the best from this search query.  Must be a “ .edu” website:



You now have three possible websites to cite. Let’s see which one scores best.

Using the CARDS for Website Evaluation link off the left hand side of the CHS Library page, evaluate each of your websites by looking at them thoroughly for each letter in CARDS.  Give it a score from 1 – 5, 5 being the highest, on how well you could verify each section.














Total points

Website #1







Website #2







Website #3








Which websites will can you confidently cite in your slideshow?





Springboard to the CHS library catalog and look up your topic. What did you find?  Write down the title and author of a book.


Try out Google Scholar at to search for a book source.  Write down the title and author of a book.



Now from the CHS library page, click on the link at the bottom for the Timberland Regional Library and search their library’s catalog.   What did you find?  Write down the title & author.  Do you need to put it on hold?    




Staying at the Timberland Regional Library click on “Research” in the green banner and drop down to “Reference Databases”. Click on any subject area (or more than one) and try out different databases.  Look for a newspaper or magazine article that you could use in your research.  If you can't find one from TRL, give elibrary or another database from the CHS Library page a try.  When you find one, get Mrs. Bonds’ attention so she can show you how to get the full MLA citation in a simple copy/paste. 


Often the database will give sources that were originally printed in a book format.  If that’s the case, you can count it as a book source if your teacher requires one (like I am!) so write down any info you may want to come back to.





Big6 #4: Use of Information

From Step #1 you know what types of resources are expected to be used in this assignment. Step #2 & #3 helped you find resources.  Now it’s time to use them.

1. Read, view, or listen to the sources you located during Big6 #3 Location & Access.  

2. Use Noodletools to cite your sources with annotations and create note cards.  Mrs. Bonds will show you how to do this! 

3.  Enjoy the discovery process!



Big6 #5: Synthesis

Time for your slideshow presentation.  Mrs. Bonds will guide you on a reflection of the good, bad and ugly slideshow presentations, give you more specifics for this part of the assignment and we will also make posts on the class blog. 



Big6 #6: Evaluation

You should be proud to put your name on your paper. You should be able to answer “yes” to these questions before you turn in your paper:

1. Is your final product a thoughtful response to the assignment?

2. Does your final product represent your own ideas and conclusions?

3. Is your product more than just a summary of other people’s ideas?

4. If you paraphrased or summarized information found in books or magazines, on the Internet, or from other people, did you cite the source at point of use in your paper using in-text citation?

5. Did you give credit to all of your sources in a works cited page?

6. Did you do everything in the assignment?

7. Did you read the information word for word out loud to yourself?  (You catch a lot of errors that spelling/grammar checks don’t catch!)