Consult with your librarian when creating research assignments. Librarians keep up with trends in research and publishing which can affect students' access to information.
Tips for creating effective research assignments...
- make space for instruction of the entire research process, not just searching for resources
- require students to think critically about information
- Provide to students in writing the types of sources they should use
- Focus on the content of information, not the format in which it's delivered; for example, a print source isn't necessarily more credible than an online source
- Ensure that sources you ask students to locate in the library are owned by the library
- Use reserves if all students will be asked to use the same source
- Refer to databases by their individual names, not by their vendor names; for example, "Academic Search Premier" is the name of a database, while EBSCO is the vendor name
Things to avoid when creating research assignments...
- Treasure or scavenger hunts; these types of assignments focus on discrete answers and do not require students to work with information in a meaningful or relevant way
- Relying on tours of the library; this will not teach students all they need to know about the library and research