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Research Process & Materials

GPS Research Process Flow Chart


WMSResearch Materials, adapted from the Big6© Process

  • Overview of the Research Process Flow
  • Understanding the Assignment (Get yourself organized...)
  • Step 1: Task Definition 
    • What do I do?
    • Includes topic, level 1 & 2 questions, and level 3 question/EQ
  • Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies 
    • What do I need?
    • Includes EQ, keyword generation, and identification of potential sources
      • Order of Research - What Resources Should I Check First?
        • Destiny (books), then

        • Subscription Research Databases (on LMC website), then

        • Destiny Discover/WebPath Express for curated websites, and finally

        • Google, Kiddle, or other search engines

  • Step 3: Location & Access 
    • Where do I look? 
    • Includes EQ, keywords, initial database & search engine use, selection of specific resources w/ website evaluation, and collection of citation information
  • Step 4: Use of Information
    • Write it all down...
    • Includes note-taking/paraphrasing, drafting, final citations
  • Step 5: Synthesis
    • Put it all together! 
    • Creation and publication of final product dependent on the project
  • Step 6: Evaluation 
    • Check your work!
    • Includes use of project rubric, and happens after every step - it's a cycle, not a linear process

Research Resource Order

  1. Destiny (books)

  2. Subscription Research Databases (on LMC website)

  3. Destiny/Destiny Discover/WebPath Express for curated websites

  4. Google, Kiddle, or other search engines

You may assume resources found through 1 & 2 are good for research, but you must cite your sources.

If you find a resource via Google or another search engine, you must:

  • use C.A.R.S. checklist (Step 3) to evaluate the source to see if it’s credible, accurate, reliable and supported; AND
  • cite your sources!  (Citation)