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Research Databases for Students: Step #2 Info Seeing Strategies

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

Step #2

Definition

Information Seeking Strategies is just a fancy way to describe how you look for information. For instance, when you get an assignment, do you Google the topic and then simply go to the website that is at the top of the list? Do you go to Wikipedia first? These are information seeking strategies.

Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm) 

This means that you need to make a list of all the possible sources of information that will help you answer the questions you wrote in Task Definition above. Consider library books, encyclopedias, and web sites to which your library subscribes (ask your librarian!), people who are experts in your subject, observation of your subject, free web sites and survey.  

2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources)

Now, look carefully at your list. Which ones are actually available to you and are understandable when you begin researching? Using information that you don't understand generally leads to cutting and pasting and should be avoided unless you are willing to ask for help to sort it out.

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