Big Six Organizer
Directions: Use this sheet as a worksheet to organize a project. It is intended to aid you in your research; not all questions require a written response.
1. Task Definition
What am I supposed to do?
What is the problem I need to solve?
What are the questions I should answer?
What type of information do I need?
How much information do I need?
Should I narrow my topic?
What will my finished product look like?
2. Information-Seeking Strategies
What are my possible sources?
Books, Web sites, periodicals, E-mail, interviews, television, video?
Which indexes should I use?
Which are the best sources?
3. Location and Access
Where will I find my best resources?
Who can help me find the materials I need?
Within my sources, how will I locate information? (Print: tables of contents, indexes, headings, subheading, bold print, scanning text; electronic: database strategies, keywords vs. subject, identify keywords)
Should I investigate other libraries or use interlibrary loan?
4. Use of Information—reading, hearing, viewing, interacting
Which information is relevant?
How will I record the information I find—note cards, graphic organizers?
What is the most logical structure for organizing—compare/contrast, chronology?
Are there appropriate quotes?
How will I give credit to my sources?
How will I organize information from multiple sources?
Can I eliminate information that does not answer my questions?
How will I present the results of my research? Format? Structure?
What conclusions have I made?
Have I completed the requirements of the assignment?
Is it logically organized and carefully proofread?
Is this my best work?
How could I have improved the project? What will I do differently next time?
Did I really answer the questions I posed?
How efficient was my research?
How effective is my product?