Module 1
Asking Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Project
Module 6
Making the Grade

How do I analyze information wisely?

Knowing how to analyze information so that you can make wise decisions is a crucial skill for life success. You need to know which information is most current, reliable, authoritative, and you need to be able to understand the author's purpose so that you select the best information to make decisions. Types of information-based decisions in your future include:

  • What tires are the best for my car?
  • What is the best college for me?
  • What do I need to do to prepare for a job interview?
  • What is the best exercise routine for me?
  • What is the best chart to demonstrate my data?
  • What is the best computer to purchase for my needs?

The decisions you make require you to analyze information.

Now you have some tools to help make the best information decision and keep up-to-date on a topic. Here are some ways to put your new skills to into practice.

Directions: Begin with #1 and work through #6. 

#1 Research requires searching for information again and again...that is why it's called "research." As you seek the best information, refer to the KWL Finding Chart Word document or PDF that you completed in Module 2. Make sure you are finding the information you need.
#2 Search INFOhio's ISearch using the keywords for your topic as search terms. Go to www.infohio.org to find the ISearch search box. Check the results under each of the tabs at the top of the results page.
#3

Compare your ISearch results with your Google search results. Evaluate the resources you got from both searches using the C.R.A.P. Website Evaluation Checklist Word document or PDF.

#4 Track your research with a research log. Download the Research Log Word document or PDF. It will help you know where you searched and how you found excellent information.
#5 Search in one or more INFOhio databases using your keywords as search terms. Determine which database will be most helpful to you in your research project.
#6 Show what you know with this quiz.

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