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John Edmondson High School

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Selecting archive

Steps in the process

  • What information can I leave out?
  • How relevant is the information I have found?
  • How credible is the information I have found?
  • How will I record the information I need?

Information skills

Students should be able to:

  • begin to analyse the usefulness of each source
  • use key words to locate potentially useful information within sources
  • skim each source for information
  • identify information that has links with the task
  • assess and respect privacy and ownership of information
  • decide what to do about deficiencies with information
  • decide whether information is closer to fact or opinion
  • identify inconsistency and bias in sources
  • devise a system for recording and synthesising information
  • summarise information
  • record quotations and sources of information.

Online resources

Reading strategies


Skimming - reading to get the main idea reading only the main parts like contents, headings, introductions, summaries and conclusions. With skimming, you are trying to get a general impression of the material. Look for the main ideas. The main ideas are topic sentences which often occur at the beginning of a paragraph.

Strategies for reading comprehension

Scanning- look quickly for one thing in particular


Use these elements to gain an overview of text


Trash and treasure notetaking

Graphic organisers from Elgin High School

Selective underlining

One sentence summary (read, set aside and list)

One sentence summary (selective underlining and two column notes)

One sentence summary (content frame summary)


Quality Information Checklist - check your information for its usefulness

Reading strategies for reading comprehension

What is useful information?

Evaluating web pages

The good the bad and the ugly

The 5W's of website evaluation

Evaluating web sites