Be specific about your expectations.
- Specify what type of resources students should be using (popular or scholarly, primary or secondary).
- Be clear where students should do their research (library resources, original research, websites).
- Designate the number of resources students should consult (and what types).
Follow student process and progress.
- Assign projects early in the semester to allow ample research time.
- Help students adjust the project to make it more searchable (i.e. broaden it, narrow it, shift the focus).
- Make the bibliography one of the first assignments to review sources early.
- Have students create a research log to track their progress and describe their investigation
- Talk about appropriate information sources in class (i.e. why not to cite Wikipedia as a source).
Examples of Research Assignments
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- Community of Online Research Assignments – an open access resource for faculty and librarians with different information literacy assignment and worksheet ideas.
- Information Literacy and Writing Assessment Projects – University of Maryland University College assignment examples presented to help faculty to develop assignments of their own.
- Samples of Effective Library Assignments – Dickinson College examples of information literacy assignments. Adaptable to any school with some editing.