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Communities Resolving Our Problems: the basic idea
[SUP: Sharing Problems] [THINK: Guidance] [LEAP: Solving Problems]

a clickable image of a 3 layered pyramid, each layer leading to a set of research tools to help you find people, info on shelves and info on web hard drives Prioritized Tools for The Look Stage of Solving Problems

  Look's Information Pyramid

Read the story of the pyramid, an essential prioritized search strategy in the hunt for relevant information.

a clickable image of pyramid with color on in top layer indicating this is the first priority in research - contacting people  Person
  • People Direct. Use these search tools to look for ways to interact with people, businesses, agencies and institutions.
  • SUP Database and FAQ. Your hunt might seek interesting questions which different people have been trying to solve. Try these instead of a cross-word puzzle! This database is accumulating problems and contributions to their solutions. Please add your own questions and contributions to this ongoing effort to link community questions with school-student answering capability.
a clickable image of pyramid with color on in top layer indicating this is the second priority in research - searching shelves in bookstores and libraries around the world Place
  • Physical Library Systems (Print/AudioVisual). Use these links to resources kept on the world's shelves, including paper and audio-visual technologies. Library card catalogs and article databases will tell you whether the book or article exists. These systems may lead you to other online technologies which provide, often for a fee, the full text of a document. Otherwise these are primarily citation oriented systems. You must visit the existing library system or use Inter-Library loan to read the publication.
a clickable image of pyramid with color on in middle layer indicating this is the third and lowest priority in research - searching hard drives Thing

The thing layer provides a strategy for selecting and using a multitude of search engines to find the complete text of documents, or actual images, videoclips and sounds, whether for free or for a fee.

  • The Shallow or Surface Web Use these links to reach the public Internet, the resources stored electronically on the world's public hard drives.
  • The Deep Web
  • Use these links to reach the resources that often require a fee and are behind passwords, or are in databases which generate their pages dynamically and therefore cannot index their pages.


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