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The F.I.N.D.S. Research Model Focus, Investigate, Note, Develop, and Score
This is a "Five Step" process students should consider when doing an assignment that requires research.
Focus on information need • Narrow or broaden topic and write a thesis sentence. • Determine how much information is needed. • Define search terms. • Outline a search plan and a timeline.
Investigate resources to search for answer • Locate collections such as fiction, nonfiction, reference, biography, nonprint, and e-resources. • Apply evaluative criteria to select the best resources to answer the search question. • Demonstrate an understanding of how information is organized and located. • Exhibit responsible care and use of materials, e-resources, equipment, and facilities.
Note and evaluate facts and ideas to answer the question • Read, evaluate, and select information to answer search need. • Take notes and record data required for citations. • Analyze information gathered and compare with research need. • Organize notes for clarity, coherence, and emphasis.
Develop information into knowledge for presentation • Select a presentation format appropriate for the topic, audience, purpose, content, and technology available. • Analyze and synthesize collected information. • Use resources and technology to create and present a quality product. • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills to share ideas and information with others. Score presentation and search process • Apply or develop evaluative criteria for information problem or product. • Reflect on the search process, noting strengths and weaknesses. • Make recommendations for ways to improve search strategies.