When you do an assignment [investigation, report, essay, talk, etc.] you need to be able to plan and organise your work. PLUS will help you do this in any subject.
1. P urpose / Plan Teacher? Due date? What do you have to produce and how long? (poster; leaflet; investigation; etc) Topic to research? Research Questions? Identifying keywords and headings WHAT DO YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THE SUBJECT?
WHERE, HOW, WHEN, WHY, WHAT, WHO
2. L ocate your Resources History department? School Library? Orkney Library? Home? Internet? CD Rom? Own Knowledge? Another person (teacher, librarian)?
3. U se Resources & Information Scanning & skim reading Evaluating information sources – are they suitable / appropriate Record information Note-taking – use your own words Write / type up your work including: Cover, Contents, Introduction, Main body, Conclusion, Bibliography [list] of resources used
4. S elf-Evaluate Have you included everything the teacher asked for? What did you enjoy or dislike? What was easiest / difficult? The PLUS information skills model was developed by James Herring, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh