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Information Skills Toolbox

Step by step search plan

How can you search for information efficiently and effectively and use it correctly? Use a search plan to systematically search for the information you need:

1. What am I looking for?  (determining topic)
2. Which search terms are relevant for my topic?  (gathering search terms)
3. Where am I going to search?  (selecting sources)
4. How am I going to search?  (search methods)
5. What did I find?  (assess information)
6. How can I use information correctly?  (referencing)