The Internet and print resources are not always the answer:
Raianne needs information from a variety of sources; this is what her assignment tells her. However, before she can look too far, she needs to decide on a topic that is sufficiently narrow. So in this case, the need to choose a topic is the most pressing information need. Perhaps she knows a woman mathematician who could give her guidance, but it is more likely that Raianne will need to look in a book for information.
She needs to determine what
information is available before she gets too far into the research process. Once she has
chosen a topic, a good strategy would be to identify keywords that relate to her topic.
This will help her be more successful in her searches. She could then look for resources
using the library catalog and periodical databases. She could tie in local information by
interviewing a local mathematician or by searching ProQuest's collection of local newspapers.
Internet resources should be the last priority, and would only be used to fill in small details.
Carlos needs direction. While he could look for information in career books or look through job listings, this won't help him decide on the right future career. In this instance, the best source of information would be an advisor at the college's Career Center. A strategy he could use would be to make an appointment with the Career Center early in the quarter (so that he will have time to explore ideas before he must register for the next quarter). He could work with an advisor to identify strengths and interests. At that point, he could do his own research: looking in career books for details, looking at transfer colleges and their requirements, and talking with those in fields that he is interested in.
Any medical concern should first be addressed by a doctor. Although Juan doesn't feel that his pain is significant enough to warrant immediate attention, he needs to have his ankle checked as soon as possible. He could be causing long-term damage that would be preventable if treated. Books and the Internet are never adequate substitutes for the advice of a physician.
Lilia needs two pieces of information:
Once the piece of music has been identified, Lilia must identify the appropriate use of the music. Is the music covered by copyright or subject to royalties? These are important questions that are often overlooked. She will need to contact the music publisher/composer/distributer to see what is required if she uses the music for a dance performance.