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Research Databases for Students: How to Research

This guide empowers students, parents, and teachers with the tools and resources necessary to complete research or homework assignments utilizing library research databases and library materials effectively

The Big6

The Big6 Approach

One well known approach to teaching information literacy skills is the Big6, which was created by educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.  Mike Eisenberg describes the Big6 as "an information and technology literacy model and curriculum, implemented in thousands of schools – K through higher education. Some people call the Big6 an information problem-solving strategy because with the Big6, students are able to handle any problem, assignment, decision or task".

Big6 Websites

  • The Big6 Website
    This is the official Big6 website with information from the founders of this information literacy system.
  • The Big6 and 21st Century Info Literacy Skills 
    The matrix links the Big6 with the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S).

Permissions for Use

The “Big6™” is copyright © (1987) Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. For more information, visit: