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The Research Process: Step #4: Use of Information

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 #4


Now that you have found your sources for your assignment, this is the step where you read, watch, listen, and absorb all your information. You will need to figure out a way to take notes and keep them organized. You also need to write down the sources you use so you won't be running around at the last minute trying to find "that big blue book with the picture on the front" in the library. Your teachers want you to use NoodleBib to help you keep your sources, notecards, and paper organized so check it out. If you aren't signed up for NoodleBib, come to the library and Ms. Florio will help you get started.

Step 4: Use of Information

4.1 Engage with the source (read, listen, view, touch)

Most likely you will need to read, listen or view your source. You are looking for the information you need. You may not need to read, listen to, or view all of your source information. You may be able to skip around, finding subheadings and topic sentences (read the first sentences in each paragraph) that will take you to your information.

4.2 Take out the relevant information from a source

It’s time to take some notes.

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