Now that you have crafted your questions, you need to develop a plan for locating your information. You must use multiple resources in a variety of formats to ensure complete and reliable answers to your questions. Most resources can be categorized under the activities of reading, listening/viewing, interviewing, and visiting.


from sources at the school library, public library, home, etc.



Listen and View

from sources at the school library, public library, home, video rental stores, etc.



people whom you visit personally, people whom you contact by phone or fax, or experts whom you question via the Internet.


places or events that you can visit or attend in order to gather information.










  • Nonfiction books
  • Encyclopedias (both print and CD-ROM)
  • Periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers)
  • Pamphlets and brochures
  • Background Notes and Culturgrams
  • Internet web sites
  • Electronic databases (such as Electric Library)

  • Videotapes, laserdiscs, or DVD's
  • Television shows
  • Radio programs
  • Audiotapes
  • Compact discs
  • Internet web site

  • People who have personal experience with the topic or have been affected by it
  • People who are considered experts or practitioners in the field

  • Places (museums, aquariums, special sites,etc.)
  • Special events (festivals, lectures, etc.)
  • Virtual visits via the Internet