THE INFORMATION RESEARCH PROCESS

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Think of research as a ‘river’....
1. DECIDING (the topic)
 What is it I am looking
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for? What is my purpose?
What are the key words /
ideas for the task?
Brainstorm ideas
Create a concept map*
Use a dictionary /
encyclopaedia (reference
section)
Create a KWL (know /
want to know / learnt)
chart
2. FINDING (where can I find the
information I need?)
 What do I already know?
 What do I need to find
out?
 What sort of information
do I need?
 What sources do I need?
e.g. WWW, Books,
Interviews, etc.
3. USING (what information do I
need to use?)
 How credible is the
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information I have found?
E.g. WEB 2.0 Tools,
(WIKIS*, Blogs, etc.)
Q: What is the most
common used WIKI? IS IT
A RELIABLE SOURCE?? Why
/ Why Not?*
How relevant is the
information I have found?
What information can I
leave out?
How will I record the
information I need?
4. RECORDING (how do I put my
information together?)
 Review the purpose of the
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task
Note taking*– what is it? /
summarising info
Combine the information
into larger units of
information
Combine the units of
information into a
structure
Avoid PLAGIARISM*!! –
what is it?
5. PRESENTING (how can I present
this information?)
 Powerpoint / slide
 Brochure
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6. EVALUATING (yourself / topic)
 How did I go?
 Can I make any
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improvements for the
future???
What worked well?
What didn’t work well?
Create a PMI (plus /
minus / interesting)
chart
Complete a selfreflection sheet
Don’t forget.......
 Site your sources!!!
 Create a
BIBLIOGRAPHY
 Source 1?*
 Source 2?*
 And finally...Have Fun!!

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