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Introduction to Searching the Internet
Information Resources
Human Resources
Digital Resources
Finding Digital Resources
Evaluating Internet Resources
Organizing Your Research
Topic-Oriented Research Directories
Search Engines
Primary Document Resources
1. Selecting your topic
2. Collecting information
3. Organizing your information

3. Organizing Your Information

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Singularity is almost invariably a clue.

Sherlock Holmes
The Boscombe Valley Mystery

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You have collected a lot of information. Organizing the information can be the most challenging part of building your information product. First, decide what you want your report to say, and who the target audience should be. Examining the information that you have collected will help you decide what you want to communicate.

You are now an expert on the subject. What do you want to accomplish with your newfound knowledge? What is your goal? How do you want to effect the behavior of your readers? How do you want them to fell? How do you want to effect their decisions? Do you simply want to increase their knowledge about your topic?

Based on your goal(s), establish a story or sequence to how the information will be presented. Think about how you can present the information to best accomplish your goals. If you are making a web site or hypertext product such as a Hyperstudio stack, you can present the information in a variety of ways through hypertext links. This will also help you to organize the information that you have collected.

Section 3: Organizing Your Research
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