The Big Six
There are six steps in the research process that students
at Fairfield are expected to follow. These
are known as The Big Six. Answer
these questions as you work through your research.
#1 Task Definition:
What is your purpose? What
has to be done? What exactly are
you planning to do? Do you have an
idea for what your topic is? Your
Seeking Strategies: Which
resources will be most useful? Encyclopedias
are only the tip of the iceberg. Donít
forget atlases, almanacs, dictionaries, online databases, CD-ROMs, videos,
newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and personal interviews.
#3 Location and
Access: Where can you find the
resources that you need? The media
center is a good place to start. Internet
search engines and libraries are also helpful.
#4 Use of
Information: Of all the
information you look through, which of it will actually help you support your
thesis? Be specific! By this point in the process, you should have a clear thesis.
Now that youíve learned all this new information, how are you going to
put it all together to present to others? Research
paper? Oral presentation? Computer project? This is the step that requires the
#6 Evaluation: How will you know how you did? A final grade? Praise and admiration of classmates? Check evaluation rubrics before you complete a final draft of any project or paper.