You use the Big 6 every day without even knowing it.
The official Big 6 website
Great Big 6 Questions Trying to figure out this what questions to ask yourself while going through the Big 6 process? Check out this website.
Big 6 website questions Welcome to the Big6 Wiki that organizes websites by Big6 stages and lists Big6 lessons.
Utah Library Core Curriculum The Utah Library Media Core supports the Big 6.
Online Resources for the Big 6
Resources for the Big 6
Basic Steps in the Research Process-simple step by step instructions for writing a research paper
http://www.clrsresearchguide.org
What is the Big 6?
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Developed by educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is the most widely-known and widely-used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world. The Big6 is an information and technology literacy model and curriculum, implemented in thousands of schools – K through higher education. Some people call the Big6 an information problem-solving strategy because with the Big6, students are able to handle any problem, assignment, decision or task. Here are the six stages we call the BIG6. Two sub-stages are part of each main category in the Big6 model:
1. Task Definition
1.1 Define the information problem
1.2 Identify information needed
2. Information Seeking Strategies
2.1 Determine all possible sources
2.2 Select the best sources
3. Location and Access
3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
3.2 Find information within sources
4. Use of Information
4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)
4.2 Extract relevant information
5. Synthesis
5.1 Organize from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information
6. Evaluation
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)
People go through these Big6 stages—consciously or not—when they seek or apply information to solve a problem or make a decision. It’s not necessary to complete these stages in a linear order, and a given stage doesn’t have to take a lot of time. We have found that almost all successful problem-solving situations address all stages.
(For more information about Big6 Skills, we highly recommend “Big6 in Elementary Schools” –and “Big6 in Secondary Schools” books by Eisenberg and Berkowitz.)