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  • Spider Map
    Graphic organizer to help organize the research and focus on the the topic.
  • Describing Wheel
    Graphic organizer to help with focusing on a topic.
  • ISP Chart
    Chart that would be useful in the formulating information step of the information search process.
 

Step 4

Formulating

The task is to form a focus from the information gathered. Step 4 is the turning point in ISP because feelings of uncertainty go away and confidence grows. During the formulation stage, the researcher generally becomes more focused on the topic and the research and product of it become more personalized. Uncertainty will decrease as knowledge increases.

Stage 4 -- Focus Formulation
Task Thoughts Feelings Actions Strategies
To formulate a focus from the information encountered

Predicting outcome of possible foci

Using criteria of personal interest, requirements of assignment, availability of materials, and time allotted

Identifying ideas in information from which to formulate focus

Sometimes characterized by a sudden moment of insight

Optimism

Confidence in ability to complete task

Reading notes for themes

Making a survey of notes

Listing possible foci

Choosing a particular focus while discarding others, or

Combining several themes to form one focus

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