Steps in the Research Cycle

The Big6
Steps in the Research Cycle
A step-by-step guide for doing effective research:


Task Definition

·          What is the problem to be solved?

·          What types of information are needed to solve the problem?


Information-Seeking StrategiesQuestion

·          What are the possible sources of information?

·          Which are the best of all the possibilities?


Location and Access

·          Where are these sources?

·          Where is the information in each source?


Use of Information

·          What information does the source provide?

·          How can you extract the information you need?



·          How does the information from all the sources fit together?

·          How is the information best presented?



·          Was the information problem solved?

·          If the problem had to be solved again, what would you do differently?

Information obtained from Big6 website