IIM (Independent Investigation Method):

Notefacts are short (note) and true (fact):
  • Short but complete enough to make sense.
  • Written in your own words.
  • Use phrases instead of complete sentences.
  • Connect to your questions and focus on important ideas.
  • Easy to read.


  • Each resource will have its own number. Put that number on the large magnifying glass and also on the small magnifying glasses next to each notefact.
  • Record the required source information at the top of each notefacts pages. (See Citing Sources)
  • Write each new piece of research information next to a magnifying glass on the page.
  • Color code your ideas so you can cut them out and organize them into categories.

Bulleted List Format:

Inquiry Chart:

  • Organize your research information using guiding questions on the top row of your chart and each of your sources listed on the right column.
  • Use bulleted list format to record your ideas in each column and row as you locate information.

Two Column Notes:

Write main ideas in the right column and research facts and details in the left colum

Note Taking/Note-Making:

Write new information in 'note-taking' and write your ideas, connections and questions in 'note-making.'

Webbing,Charting & Brainstorming:

Write your main ideas at the top or center of your web/chart, and add branches and links between ideas to show how they connect to one another.

15 Great Mindmapping Tools
Top 10 Sites for Mindmapping & Brainstorming
Top 10 Sites for Notetaking
45+ Free Tools to Create Charts, Diagrams & Flow Charts
Interactive Graphic Organizers (editable)

Instructional Resources:


Cool Tools 4 Research
Guide to Web Search (Finding Dulcinea)
Web2.0 Tools in the Information Skills Process