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Online Resources: Information Skills

  • Big Six Information Problem-Solving
    "Big Six" is a scheme developed by Michael Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz in the United States of America as "a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information." It is a process that can help anyone "identify information research goals, seek, use, and assemble relevant, credible information". The Big6 information literacy process is completely transferable to any grade level, subject area, or workplace." Available information in multiple languages.

    See also "The Super3," for grades K-6.

  • Basic Steps to the Research Process
    This site takes users step-by-step through the research process, with easily-located tip sheets for specific parts of the process. The tip sheets include: Selecting a research topic; Writing a statement of purpose; Brainstorming research questions; Finding information within sources; Citing sources; Writing a conclusion. The site was developed by Holly Samuels, a school librarian; it is suitable for school levels from upper primary through to senior high school.

  • The American Association of School Librarians offers multiple pages on reading and literacy standards, including 
  • Research Process Helper
    Developed by Sandra Hughes (Canada), this site is designed for junior-intermediate school students, to help them to: understand the research process; do their research; evaluate what they are doing; and provide support for getting the job done. It is accessible to students at home as well as at school.

  • Online Research Modules
    The New South Wales (Australia) Country Areas Program website has a collection of Online Research Modules. The aim is "to provide an easy access to Internet research for students and teachers. [The modules] are designed so that students are encouraged to not merely gather information but to select, analyse, organize and use information to provide creative answers or solutions to set questions or situations... Each module is designed to fit into the New South Wales Curriculum". The modules are listed on the index page according to curriculum stages, from years 1 and 2 to years 11 and 12.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) - This page provides links related to the following aspects of OER, OER Information, OER Evaluative Toolkits, Model policies and standards, OER Repositories, and subject-specific OER.

  • Module Maker
    This section of the "From Now On" site guides teachers through the process of creating online research modules for their students. "The research module presented here is intended to challenge your students to make up their own minds while supplying them with rich information to support such thinking". The guidance includes advice on asking good questions, developing assignments, and setting up the online module.

  • Measure of Student Success: Assessing Information Problem-Solving Skills
    "Measure of Student Success: Assessing Information Problem-Solving Skills", an article by Jamieson McKenzie and the Library Media Staff of the Oak Harbor Schools in Washington State (USA) incorporates the Oak Harbor Information Skills Rating Scale.

  • The Australian School Library Association
    Read the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) website Policy Statement on Information Literacy.

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