The Research Process 2.0

In this hands-on workshop, learn how wikis and other Web 2.0 tools can be used in the research process to engage students. Web 2.0 tools for research incorporating the Big6 research process will be explored including Webspiration, Evernote, and EasyBib. See exemplary student-created examples and discover how you can use these tools to help teach the research process. (ADE Criteria: Content, Instructional strategies, Technology)

Big Six is an Information literacy and technology model for teaching students how to handle an information problem. It was developed by educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, and there is an abundance of information and resources at the Big Six website at

The Research Process Using the Big 6 Model:

Step 1:

Define the Information Problem...WHAT information do I need to find?
1. KWS chart. KWHL chart
2. Brainstorm a list of keywords.
3. Identify what your assignment is...what is the focus of your research?
4. Narrow down your topic and choose a topic that interests you.
5. Develop GOOD research questions.
6. Additional resources:
7. Using a wiki to plan your research:

Tools for Task Definition
Mind Maps:

Wikispace account. (sign up).
Google Email Sign up for your Google Account.
Step 2: Determine WHERE you need to look for the information.
  • Determine possible sources.
  • Decide which source would provide the information you need.
  • Explore sources for information on your topic. Don't forget to search the card catalog for books on your topic.

Source Suggestions:

Step 3: Locate sources (physically and intellectually)
1. Create an EasyBib account. Use your email address and the coupon code. You'll need to stay signed into EasyBib to keep tract of your source information as you work.
2. When you use the AUTOCITE feature of EasyBib, be sure to check the information for accuracy before creating the citation.
3. Using your list of possible sources, your keywords and knowledge of WHAT you are looking for to help you locate information.
4. Skim/scan content for relevance to your information need.
5. Evaluate sources, especially if you are using the Google. Is your information accurate and is the source reliable?

Step 4: Use of Information

Trash & Treasure Method of Notetaking:
Digital Notetaking:

EasyBib School Edition:

Some resources to help you organize your notecards:

Parenthetical Citations:

Sample MLA style paper:

Step 5: Synthesis


Step 6: Evaluation



My wikis:

Student Examples:
Ben Clarke's Greek Wikiology

external image teachers
Using Wikispaces in Education

Code: HSTI 2011


Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand Project Based Learning
AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching & Learning A great website with online resources for each step of the process!
Graphic Organizers:
Big 6 Game
Another PowerPoint:
Guide through the Big Six steps:
Big 6 Wiki:
Big 6 Blog:
Other Information Literacy Models (comparison chart):
Other Information Literacy Models:
Big 6 Site that gives details about each step:
Janet Murray's Big 6 Website:
Essential Questions:
Brainstorming Tips
The Traveler Project
PowerSearch Demo:
Web 2.0 Backpack:
Drawing in the Dirt: Research 2.0
Works Cited Rubric

™ Big 6 Skills Approach was developed by Michael B Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. The phrases "Big6 Skills" and "Big6 Skills Curriculum" are all copyrights of Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz.