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Research Databases for Students: Step #6: Evaluation

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 #6

Did You Ever?

Did you ever turn in an assignment and thought you did a great job only to get it back with a disappointing grade? It has happened to most of us. You wonder where you went wrong.

In this section, evaluation means looking closely at the assignment you were given,the steps you took to find the information, and the actual writing or creation of the project BEFORE you turn it in.

This step in the Big6 will help you learn how to make sure the paper or project you turn in is the paper or project your teacher is looking for.

Step 6: Evaluation

6.1 Judge your product (how effective were you)

Before turning in your assignment, compare it to the requirements that your teacher gave you.

  • Did you do everything and include all that was required for the assignment?
  • Did you give credit to all of your sources, written in the way your teacher requested?
  • Is your work neat?
  • Is your work complete and does it include heading information (name, date, etc.)
  • Would you be proud for anyone to view this work?

6.1 Judge your information problem-solving process (how efficient were you)

Think about the actions that you perform as you are working on this assignment. Did you learn some things that you can use again?

  • What did you learn that you can use again?
  • How will you use the skill(s) again?
  • What did you do well this time?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • What information sources did you find useful? You may be able to use them again.
  • What information sources did you need but did not have? Be sure to talk to your librarian about getting them.

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