2. Information Seeking Strategies.

Where are the best places to find information?
Make a list of where you will go to find information.
Don’t forget to use books and people!

From the Big6 Skills PDF:

2. Information Seeking Strategies
2.1 Determine all possible sources (brainstorm)
2.2 Select the best sources
o What are all the possible sources to check?
o What are the best sources of information for this task?



  1. Go to Library Catalog – Destiny. (You do not need to log into the catalog to see the resources.) Type in your search terms or topics. Try the different kinds of searches to see if you find different results (i.e. basic, power, visual, etc). Spend some time looking at the resources available. There are both titles and web sites listed here – tabs are on the top right hand corner. Record any titles & call numbers of titles we have in the library. Look through the websites. Copy the URLs.
  2. Go to LIS Research Portal to access subscription databases.  Currently, we subscribe to Jstor, Britannica online & more. The login information is listed in this password protected page. Ask your Librarian or Teacher for the password to this page. Handy tip: Make sure you keep a record of articles or other information that you find. This will save you time when you need to create your references page.
  3. For more scholarly results, use Google Scholar instead. To access the advanced search function, click on the drop down arrow in the search box. Watch this video to learn about it’s features and how to use it. (It’s a long video. The first ten minutes explain how to search using Google Scholar.) Click HERE for some helpful tips on how to get the most out of Google Scholar.
  4. Click HERE to go to Google’s Advanced Search option for websites.
  5. Click HERE to go to Google’s Advance Search option for images.

**A useful extension! Unpaywall has created a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox. This extension gives access to some science journal articles that are behind paywalls. This extension has been created as some researchers are expected to make their results available in open access venues. Unpaywell will search for open access copies.   

Primary and Secondary Sources

Click HERE to watch a video that explains the difference between primary and secondary sources.

For a list of primary data and secondary sources, click HERE.


There’s a video and quiz about research in BrainPOP. The login information can be found in the LIS Research Portal page.