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Pell Elementary School Library: Research

Library Policy

Getting Started

Begin your research here!

Choose a search process and a few keywords.

The Big6

The Big6 Approach

One well known approach to teaching information literacy skills is the Big6, which was created by educators Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.  Mike Eisenberg describes the Big6 as "an information and technology literacy model and curriculum, implemented in thousands of schools – K through higher education. Some people call the Big6 an information problem-solving strategy because with the Big6, students are able to handle any problem, assignment, decision or task".

The Research Process

Conducting research is a process.  Learning some simple steps can help make your work efficient and successful. With the help of this guide, you will learn the Big 6 Research Process. This approach can help you structure your research and can be applied to any research assignment with which you are faced. View the following Prezi (created by Christine Gudowski and made available for educators) for an introduction to the Big6 and the research process.

Boolean Searches

Getting Started

AND, OR  & NOT are all words that link concepts together to improve searches when using search engines such as Google or databases such as EbscoHost.  These terms are associated with Irish mathematician George Boole, thus the term Boolean logic or Boolean searching. 

  1. To visualize how these terms work together to organize a search take a look at the Boolean Machine by Rockwell Schrock.


Based on the Copley Library Guide:

Super 3

    THE SUPER 3!

The Super 3 is an information problem solving model for young children based on the Big 6.  It gives students a process for tackling both school and everyday tasks.  The Super 3 are:

   1.  Plan

   What am I  supposed to do?
   What do I need to get the job done?
   What do I want it to look like when I'm done?



   2.  Do

   I must locate the things I will need (books, websites, etc.).
   I  need to ask questions, read, and take notes.
   I need to use the information I find to create something.


  3.  Review

   Did I do what I was supposed to do? 
    Am I proud of what I've done?
    Is there something else I should do before I say I am done?

Permissions for Use

The “Big6™” is copyright © (1987) Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. For more information, visit: