Guiding Students in Online Research

To Think About | What's not on the free Web? | Evaluating Resources


Nuts and Bolts of the Big6
Steps in the Research Process Big6
Organizers using the Big6:
Research Paper
Assignment Organizer 7-12
Lower School students


The I-Search Unit explains the four phases of the model; information from the Education Development Center.

The I-Search: Guiding Students Towards Relevant Research by Judith Zorfass and Harriet Copel reports on using the model with 7th graders.

Rubric for Evaluating I-Search Papers

Information Search Process
designed by Carol Kuhlthau;
includes the affective, cognitive, and physical aspects of the research process.

Kulhthau, Carol. "Learning in Digital Libraries: An Information Search Process Approach." Library Trends 45.4 (Spring 1997): 708+. Professional Development Collection. EBSCO. 14 Nov. 2005 <>.
(copy of article in class packet)

To think about:
Students as Authentic Researchers: A New Prescription for the High School Research Assignment by Carol Gordon

Johnson. Doug. "Designing Research Projects Students (and Teachers) Love." MultiMedia Schools 6.5 (Nov. 1999): 36+. eLibrary. ProQuest Information and Learning. 14 Nov. 2005 <>
(copy of article in class packet)

What's not on the free Web?
Resources on the PawPage


Evaluating Web Resources
WebQuest to Evaluate Websites
created by Joyce Valenza, Librarian, Springfield Township High School, Erdenheim, PA.

More from Ms. Valenza
a long list; Check the Activities and Pages to Examine for the Practice Ranking Scores activities and Why should I take this author seriously?



updated by allen chamberlain &
carolyn lamontagne, november 2005.

"What are some of the main considerations for learning in digital libraries? What problems do learners encounter? How can librarians (and teachers) assist learners in their use of digital libraries for lasting meaningful learning?...Living in the information age requires people to go beyond the ability to locate information and requires competence in seeking meaning and understanding."
from Carol Kuhlthau, "Learning in Digital Libraries"