• The Big6 Steps

    Research is always happening at MHS across all grades and subjects.

    To support the great research you're doing, we are introducing the Big6 Research Process as a campus library initiative. Our MackinVIA database collection works perfectly with it. Plus, the Big6 is a wonderful way to get you accustomed to the research process. If you are not familiar with the Big6 concept, we encourage you to click the links below and ask your librarians (Dr. Macon or Ms. Marquez) for assistance.

    Here’s the link to the Montwood Prezi: https://prezi.com/3182dhna05zq/the-big-6-research-process-model-at-mhs/?present=1

    Please see these informative videos:

    Overview of the process (from YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwj1R2XD200

    Main Big 6 Website: https://thebig6.org/ From the last ¼ of the website: We all suffer from information overload. There’s just too much “stuff” out there, and it’s not easy to keep up. At the same time, there’s an irony—yes, we are surrounded by information, but we can never seem to find what we want, when we want it, and in a form we want it so that we can use it effectively.

    One solution to the information problem—the one that seems to be most often adopted in schools (as well as in business and society in general)—is to speed things up. We try to pack in more and more content, to work faster to get more done. But, this is a losing proposition. Speeding things up can only work for so long. Instead, we need to think about helping students to work smarter, not faster. There is an alternative to speeding things up. It’s the smarter solution—one that helps students develop the skills and understandings they need to find, process, and use information effectively. This smarter solution focuses on process as well as content. Some people call this smarter solution information literacy or information skills instruction. We call it the Big6.

    The Resources Tab on the Big6 site: https://thebig6.org/resources-2