Here’s a nice interactive graphic showing kids how to conduct research, from the Kentucky Virtual Library.
This would be a great way to either set up and teach the research method, or have on-hand in the form of a Favorite or Bookmark for student reference when they get stuck and want to ask that dreaded question, “So NOW what am I supposed to do.?”
The home base is set up like a board game and takes kids on a step-by-step tour of how to conduct research. Students can click on the individual colored sections in each of the 5 major steps to learn more about each. The pages devoted to these individual sections tell students more about the resource, how to evaluate and use them if appropriate to their project or paper, and even what type of output they might select to share their new-found knowledge. There’s even a glossary of terms to help explain this strange new language you call “research.”
I learned about this excellent resource from iLearn Technology.