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Information Strategy



The steps below comprise a commonsense approach that can help you find relevant, quality information--for writing a paper, preparing a presentation, working on a lab experiment, answering a question, etc.

This Information Strategy consists of the following four parts:

  1. Evaluate ... questions to ask; how appropriate and valuable is the information that you have?
  2. Research Question/Define a topic ... what is the question(s) you are trying to answer? Secondary sources can help you shape and decide on your question--while also helping you understand concepts and find facts. Remember that true research is rarely a straight path.
  3. Identify ... these sources can help you find evidence to answer your question or back up an answer.
  4. Locate ... get that evidence.

Questions? Please let me know