Stage 3: Select
Steps in this stage:
- Skim – look at contents page, headings, index and visual information. Is the resource relevant?
- Scan – search the text for your keywords. If it’s a digital resource use the ‘Find’ function to help you.
- Evaluate websites for quality information
- Take notes in your own words – do not copy and paste! Use a graphic organiser to help.
- Remember to record bibliographic details for your reference list!
Questions to ask:
Tools to help you complete this stage:
Not all information on the internet can be trusted! Use these resources to help you make a decision about the quality of the information you’ve found.
A video produced by Common Craft that explains the basics of website evaluation.
Learn why you should always evaluate the websites you use and an easy way to evaluate them.
A video produced by The State Library of Victoria that examines sources on the Internet you can trust, finding reliable resources online and even tips on questioning research, identifying bias and evaluating bias.
Use this simple scoring system to help you evaluate websites
Enter a URL to find out more about the website, including who owns it and what kind of site it is.
Graphic organisers are a way to visually organise your thoughts and ideas in order to see how they are connected.
A PDF document containing lots of free graphic organisers (or ‘thinking guides’) that you can print.
Download a huge range of graphic organizers for free.
Over 100 free graphic organisers with descriptions of how they can be used.
Some of the following graphic organisers may be useful for this stage in the research process:
Many images, audio clips and video clips available on the internet are copyrighted, which means you need permission from the owner to use these materials in your assignment. If an image (or audio or video clip) is licensed under Creative Commons, it means you can use it in your assignment as long as you follow some simple steps. See here for the different types of licenses, and see the Copyright and Creative Commons page for more information about using CC media in your assignments.
Content Curation Tools
Use the following online tools to collect and store all your notes, pictures and videos in one place.
Scoop.it! Collect links to videos and websites used in your research
Sitehoover Create folders and store all of your websites used for research in one place (parental permission required for students under 13 years of age).
Evernote Collect information from anywhere on the web and save it in one place (parental permission required for students under 13 years of age).