Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
Planning Tips for Library Assignments
Use these steps to help plan an effective library assignment.
- Apply assignments to the class material.
- Students will find the library assignments (and classes) more meaningful if they use the information they find for a task related to topics covered in the course.
- Recognize that most journals are online and not in print.
- Many print journals are available online through article databases.
- With the constant addition of full-text titles to databases our journal holdings continue increasing (presently around 15,000 titles).
- Provide students with resource lists.
- List specific information sources or types of sources for a particular assignment so that students have a starting point.
- Remember: Many scholarly articles are accessible through the Internet, but they are not necessarily “Internet resources.”
- Avoid these common problems:
- An entire class looking for one piece of information or researching the same specific topic.
- Students working from incomplete or incorrect information.
- Requiring students to use materials the library does not own.
- Teach research strategies where appropriate.
- Students often do not have the research skills that experienced researchers have.
- Consider alternative designs for the assignment.
- Examine possible research assignments that vary from the traditional research paper, such as:
- Annotated bibliographies
- Guides to the key resources in your discipline
- Comparisons of how a topic is treated in several different reference resources.
Last Updated 07/18/2013