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Science Information Cycle: Finding Process


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The Process of Finding Information

Finding Information

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The process of finding scientific information is iterative and ongoing.

  1. Define your information need.
  2. Identify the appropriate information format to fulfill the need.
  3. Locate the information.
  4. Revise and redefine your information need based on what you find.

1. Identify keywords that describe your topic.
2. Make sure you know the correct and current technical terms for the topic.

1. Check your assignment for any specific format requirements.
2. Review where different formats are located.

1. Conduct a search using your keywords and subject headings.
2. Use the features of the resource to your advantage.

1. Adjust your topic and keywords as necessary based on results.
2. Searching itself is a cycle. You may repeat this process several times.

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