NoodleTools is a platform for research. You'll be able to save sources, assess information, take notes, share notes with teachers, create a works cited list, and make bibliographies. You can begin an outline for your work and export seamlessly to Google Docs when you are ready to begin more formal writing. You can work individually or as a group on your projects.
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The Big 6
The Big 6 is a six step process to help you do your research. It was developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz. These steps broadly describe all information seeking behavior.
Although these are listed as six discrete steps, it's important to remember that research is a process. It's possible to go out of order and it's often necessary to repeat steps. Some steps may take a while, while others are moved through quickly.
1. What am I trying to do/learn?
Define your task. What are you interested in? What will you investigate? What are you asking?
2. Plan your work
What kinds of resources exist? How can you find others?
3. Access the resource(s) you need
Where can you find your resources? Can you get them all together physically? Can you unify them digitally?
4. Actually use the resources
Read what you've found -- or listen or watch! A big part of this step is taking notes so that you can keep the most relevant points all together.
5. Create: write your paper, make your slide show or movie or podcast
Put it all together. This step can and will take many different forms; you may write a paper, design a graph, record a podcast, write a blog.
6. Evaluate and reflect
Judge your process -- did you find useful information? Was it efficient? What could you do better next time?