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Raymond House Library: A FACT: Step 2: Find & Record

Your guide to the Raymond House Library


Where can I FIND the information I need? How do I RECORD the information I find?

The second step in the research process is to FIND and RECORD what you need. You might need to gather information for yourself via interviews, experiments and questionnaires and sometimes you need to find information that other people have written.

There are three things to think about during this stage:

  1. Finding sources of information like: books, internet sites, videos, data, surveys
  2. Finding information within sources
  3. Recording where the information is from


Use key words

Before you start searching for information, you need to choose good key words for your search.

Key words are words that describe your research task and are needed for asking the right question in your information search.They can be single words or very short phrases. Consider synonyms too.

Key words are an important part of the ASK Stage

  • With your teacher read through the task sheet and identify key words which will help you locate relevant information to complete this assignment. 
  • Check that you understand the meanings of these words. Find out the meanings or ask your teacher for clarification.
  • Record your keywords in a table. These will be used to search for relevant information in the FIND stage

Use skim and scan

Find Information within a Source -  Skim and Scan

After you have found possible sources of information to answer your research question, you need to find the information within the text. To do this you need to develop the specific reading skills to help you find the information you need quickly and effectively. You need to skim and scan.



For beginners with these techniques watch this video: Skim and Scan

For senior students use the Butte College Skim and Scan Tips


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Finding Sources - Tips for Effective Searching

When we search, we often get many more responses than we need. Keywords help to retrieve what you need but there are other ways too. This video explains the symbols you can use to limit your search further. It is called Boolean searching. 

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