Big6 #3: Location & Access: Where can I find what I need?

3.1 Locate sources
- Figure out where you will get these sources.
- Beside each source, write its location.
If it is a web site, list its web address.
- To save time, try to use web sites that your teacher or librarian have linked or bookmarked.
- If your source is a person, figure out how you will contact him or her and make a note of this.

Now, you will actually get the sources.
You may have to get and use each source one at a time. If so, come back to this step to locate each source.

3.2 Find information within sources

Now that you have the source in hand, how will you get to the information that you need to answer your questions? (Remember the questions you wrote in Task Definition?) This all depends on the source.

- First, make a list of words that will help you find information in all of your sources. These are called keywords. They are like synonyms and related words to your topic. You can find many of these in the questions you wrote in Big6 Task Definition (Big6 #1.1, 1.2). Try this easy way to create keywords.

On another sheet of paper create a web like the one below


- Next, make a list of the sources of information you will use. Beside each one, write how you will locate the information you need.

* Books: Look at the index (back of the book) or table of contents (front of the book) for your topic and keywords
* Encyclopedias: Use the index volume (usually the last volume in the set) for the topic and keywords.
* Reference Web sites that are subscribed to by your library (such as Gale, Worldbook Online, etc.): type either your topic or keywords in the search box. Try keywords separately and some together. Ask your librarian for help if needed.
* Free web sites: use topic or keywords in subject directories such as
Try keywords separately and some together. Ask your librarian for help if needed.