A well-designed assignment can teach students valuable research skills and improve the quality of their papers.
An Effective research assignment...
Avoid the following:
Students need experience using a variety of resources to build their confidence in using them and making them apart of their personal research strategies.
Librarians are an excellent resource for developing library assignments.
Content adapted from the following: Creating Effective Research Assignments (University of Maryland); Effective Research Assignments (UC, Berkeley Library);Incorporating Information Literacy into the Curriculum (Castleton College Library, VT)
Carol Collier Kuhlthau's Information Search Process Model provides a holistic view of research.
(Cunningham, April, and Carr, Allison: adapted from Carol Kuhlthau’s “Initial Model of the Information Search Process” in Seeking Meaning, 2004. p. 45)
Talk with your Library Team for ways the Library can help get your students through the initial stages of research so that they are more satisified with the research process and have the skills they need to be successful.
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