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Limit or Provide Topics
For many students, one of the most difficult steps in the research process is deciding on a topic. Providing a list of topics from which they may choose can help to alleviate this anxiety.
Use Course Reserves
Let us know about assignments that may require heavy use of limited or specific materials. We may be able to put those materials on reserve in order to provide access to more students.
Require a Variety of Sources
Given the option, many students will rely solely on the Web for sources. A more balanced and thorough treatment of most topics is achieved by using a variety of sources, including books, periodicals, and non-print materials.
Incorporate Critical Thinking Skills
An appropriate thesis statement, a well-planned research strategy, the critical selection and evaluation of sources, and the integration of those sources into a well-organized final product are all components of a project requiring critical thinking skills. Assignments that are designed to require critical thinking skills also discourage plagiarism.
Remember that many students have not done a research-based project before. They may require more structure and guidance than you realize.
Pace the Project
Consider assigning several short projects, each designed to develop a specific skill or objective, rather than one long research paper. If you prefer a traditional research paper, break the project into components due at intervals throughout the semester. This allows you to monitor student progress and provides students with feedback throughout the process.
Time is a Factor
Many sources not owned by this library are available through interlibrary loan services. However, allow adequate time for these requests to be filled. And remember: Some items simply cannot be easily obtained in the time they are needed.
The CCC library uses the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to guide instruction.
This How Do I Create Meaningful and Effective Assignments? page from Texas Tech University provides good guidance for effective assignment design.
Backward Design focuses on starting from learning outcomes and assessments and then building lessons around them.
Universal Design for Learning is about designing lessons and coursework to be accessible to all learners.