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:

  • How relevant is the information I have found? Is it useful for my assignment?
  • How credible is the information I have found? Has it been written by a reliable author?
  • What is the best way to record the information I need?


Tools to help you complete this stage:

Evaluating Websites

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.

Website Evaluation
A video produced by Common Craft that explains the basics of website evaluation.

Evaluating Websites
Learn why you should always evaluate the websites you use and an easy way to evaluate them.

Reliable Research
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.

Evaluation Rubric
Use this simple scoring system to help you evaluate websites

Who Is
Enter a URL to find out more about the website, including who owns it and what kind of site it is.

Visit our Note-Taking page for more information. Includes note-taking templates, digital tools and more.
Check out these Text-To-Speech tools from StudyVibe if you are an auditory learner and remember facts and information more readily when you can ‘hear’ them. These tools allow you to listen while you read, learning two ways at once. See an SLRC staff member for the StudyVibe login details.
Graphic Organisers

Graphic organisers are a way to visually organise your thoughts and ideas in order to see how they are connected.

FutureLab Thinking Guides

A PDF document containing lots of free graphic organisers (or ‘thinking guides’) that you can print.

Graphic Organizers

Download a huge range of graphic organizers for free.

Free Printable Graphic Organisers

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:

Creative Commons

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

Content Curation: The What, Why and How

Use the following online tools to collect and store all your notes, pictures and videos in one place.! 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).

Padlet & Lino Use either of these sites to record text by creating ‘sticky notes’ and to collect videos and pictures  (Users must be at least 13 years of age).