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Research guide: Stage 3. Processing information

Your guide to the research process and use of digital tools to use and create information effectively and ethically.

Processing information

At this stage you can

Discuss successes and challenges during the processing of information and ideas using established physical or virtual spaces. 


Explore the issues of academic honesty (eg. plagiarism and copyright) and put into practice. 


Experiment with established and innovative ways to take notes, record information, and discuss preliminary findings. 


Create appropriate documentation of information sources using a Harvard Bibliography Generator.

Inquiry process - stage 3 (for teachers)

Analyzing information, evaluating ideas, organizing and synthesizing findings

Knowledge and Understanding:The student:

• identifies the purpose, features, and organization of print, media, and electronic information selected

• identifies how evidence gathered supports the conclusions of the inquiry

• identifies how information and ideas can be sorted and classified for effective organization

Thinking: The student:

• uses a variety of strategies to record information from personal knowledge and selected sources

• develops/uses criteria for evaluating ideas

• uses a variety of strategies to revise inquiry, based on new

information, ideas, and situations

Communication:The student:

• expresses thoughts and feelings about analyzing ideas

• explains how new knowledge was constructed

• explains how findings were drafted, revised, and edited to present to different audiences

Application:The student:

• makes connections between personal knowledge and new information

• applies critical and creative thinking skills to evaluate ideas and information

• transfers current knowledge and skills to modify product under changing conditions

• develops conclusions that are personally significant to learner

Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons.

Together for learning: school libraries and the emergence of the learning commons. A vision for the 21st century 2010, Ontario School Library Association, Pdf, accessed 27 July 2015, <>.