Big 6 Resources

3. Location and Access

Locate sources

Figure out where you will get these sources. Beside each source, write its location. If it is a web site, list its web address. Try to use those that your teacher or librarian have linked or bookmarked. This will save you time. If your source is a person, figure out how you will contact him or her and make a note of this.

Now, you will actually get the sources. You may have to get and use them one at a time. If so, come back to this step to locate each source.

Find information within sources

Now that you have the source in hand, how will you get to the information that you need? (Remember the questions you wrote in Task Definition?) This all depends on the source.

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Location and Access Examples

  • Get a magazine article from the library, and turn to the correct page for the relevant article.
  • Go to the public library and check out a book..
  • Locate sources (intellectually and physically):
    1. find a particular book on the shelf.
    2. draw and label a map of the library.
  • Find Information within sources:
    1. look up an article in SIRS Family series.
    2. find an article on rock music using a periodical index on CDROM.

Graphic Organizers for Location and Access

Online Resources

  • Library of Congress Online Catalog


  • Son of Citation Machine
    An interactive web tool designed to assist researchers in their effort to respect other people's intellectual properties. To use Citation Machine, simply...


    1. Click the citation format you need and then the type of resource you wish to cite
    2. Complete the Web form that appears with information from your source
    3. Click Make Citations to generate standard bibliographic and in-text citations

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