Skills in gathering and using information are very important for study success. They may help learners to carry out a particular piece of work such as a project or assignment. To be successful in those processes learners need to think about:
the research topic - what are they being asked to do? What outcomes are expected?
required information resources - books, journals, databases, articles, web-sites, people and organisations
time period of research - how long do they have to complete the task?
research methods - do they need surveys, questionnaires, interviews, statistics?
The following planner-sheet could help your learners in detailed planning of their information resources.
Planner-sheet: "Information resources"
What sort of information do I need?
Where might I find it? Do I need help from anybody to find it?
Do I need training to find it? In what? Who could train me?
Your work as adult educator may lead to improving learners' research skills. If this is the case they should be encouraged to evaluate their personal research effectiveness and to plan appropriate activities.