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The Research Process: Step #2: Info Seeking Strategies

This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to complete any research assignment and help you avoid the stress associated with waiting until the last minute to get started.

Step #2

Definition

Information Seeking Strategies is just a fancy way to describe how you look for information. For instance, when you get an assignment, do you Google the topic and then simply go to the website that is at the top of the list? Do you go to Wikipedia first? These are information seeking strategies.

Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Determine the range of possible sources (brainstorm)

This means that you need to make a list of all the possible sources of information that will help you answer the questions you wrote in Task Definition above. Consider library books, encyclopedias, and web sites to which your library subscribes (ask your librarian!), people who are experts in your subject, observation of your subject, free web sites and survey.  

2.2 Evaluate the different possible sources to determine priorities (select the best sources)

Now, look carefully at your list. Which ones are actually available to you and are understandable when you begin researching? Using information that you don't understand generally leads to cutting and pasting and should be avoided unless you are willing to ask for help to sort it out.

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