Long Beach Middle School
Information Skills Builder - How You Start Doing Your Report
The following steps are a systematic approach to doing a research report, whatever the format (written report, oral presentation, poster or PowerPoint presentation.)
1. Reading your assignment
- What format should you use? (written, spoken, digital)
- How long does it have to be? (number of pages, minutes)
- What does it have to include? (bibliography, chart, map, interview)
- What information do you need to collect?
2. Information collecting
- What type of resources should you use? (encyclopedia, book, Website, interview)
- What information do you already have and what do you need to find?
3. Finding information
- Where should you go to find the information? (school library, public library, on-line)
- Once there, how do you find the information you need? (search engine, index, library OPAC)
4. Using information
- Read, listen to, or view the information.
- Extract the information you need. (take notes, highlight pages, make photocopies, record interviews, take pictures)
- Evaluate the information you find. (fact or opinion, when was it published, how expert is the author/publisher)
5. Creating your report
- Organize your material.
- Type your written report.
- Proof-read your report.
- Rehearse your oral report in front of others.
- Test your digital presentation on the equipment it will be presented on.
Thanks to Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz of Big6 for their assistance in preparing this page