1a. Select a Topic1b. Develop Research Questions1c. Identify Keywords1d. Refine a Topic
2a. Identify Keywords2b. Search Strategies & Boolean Operators2c. Books & E-Books2d. Videos & Images2e. Articles
3a. Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Take Notes4b. Quote, Paraphrase & Summarize4c. Citation 101
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The Information Cycle

 

5 Basic Steps

No matter what you are doing:

  • creating a photostory about the Middle Ages for History
  • designing a travel brochure for Spanish class
  • writing a research paper for English
  • investigating social justice for a Religion assignment
  • or anything else

You most likely go through each of the 5 Steps in the Information Cycle without even realizing it!

Step1: Define

Step 2: Find

Step 3: Evaluate

Step 4: Organize

Step 5: Communicate

This guide will help you work you way through each step, and give some tips and important information. Remember- you are not in this process alone. Your teachers and the library staff are here to answer questions and help you every step of the way.

 

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How to Use This Guide

 

You can navigate through this guide by selecting a tab on the menu above.

Each tab represents one step in the Information Cycle.  Each step has an overview page which explains the overall concept for that section, and a  drop-down menu with subtopics related to that step.  If you prefer, you can also use the "What's In This Guide?" menu located on the left side of each page.

You can return to the main library page at any time  by going to the top of the page and selecting "Library & Media Center", or by locating the ""Go to:"  box located on the left side of each page.

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