Stage 2: Locate

Steps in this stage:

  • Identify keywords from the assignment task and your brainstorm
  • Use your keywords to search the library catalogue, databases and online search engines
  • Use advanced search strategies
  • Don’t just use the first book or website you find – keep searching!

Questions to ask:

  • What type of information do I need (facts, opinions, images, etc)?
  • Where is the best place to find the information I need (books, websites, newspaper, blogs etc)?


Tools to help you complete this stage:

Sources of Information

When we are researching, information falls into one of three categories: primary sources, secondary sources and tertiary sources. Read more about these different types of sources here, and see this list to see some examples. Your research task will determine the type of information you will need.

Watch this YouTube video or this Common Craft video to learn about the difference between primary sources and secondary sources.

Use the drop-down menus below to help you decide where you will find the information you need.

Identifying and Creating Keywords

Plan Your Search Strategy
Look under the ‘Resources’ heading on the right-hand side for more information and relevant links.

Choosing and Using Keywords
A short video describing how to create keywords to use when searching online

Searching Strategies
A simple guide outlining how to create keywords from your research topic.

Locating Information
 Print and Digital Resources

Visit the Find Information page for a list of print and digital resources you can use to locate quality information.

Plan Possible Sources Lists the different types of sources you can use and where to find them.


Searching the Internet

Google should not be the only search engine used to locate information! Use some of the sites listed on our Searching the Internet page to dig deeper and learn how to conduct advanced searches to uncover even more info.


Subject-Specific Information

Check the Current Assignments page for links and resources that have been specifically selected for your assignments.

Tools to Extend Your Thinking

Explore your topic from different angles using the following tools.

Six Thinking Hats

Thinker’s Keys An in-depth look at each of the 20 Thinker’s Keys with examples

Thinker’s Keys Grid A simple grid that outlines each of the Thinker’s Keys

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