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Research Databases for Students: Step #4 Use of Information

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 #4


Now that you have found your sources for your assignment, this is the step where you read, watch, listen, and absorb all your information. You will need to figure out a way to take notes and keep them organized. You also need to write down the sources you use so you won't be running around at the last minute trying to find "that big blue book with the picture on the front" in the library. Keep your sources, notecards, and papers organized. 

Step 4: Use of Information

4.1 Engage with the source (read, listen, view, touch)

Most likely you will need to read, listen or view your source. You are looking for the information you need. You may not need to read, listen to, or view all of your source information. You may be able to skip around, finding subheadings and topic sentences (read the first sentences in each paragraph) that will take you to your information.

4.2 Take out the relevant information from a source

It’s time to take some notes.

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