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Effective Library Assignments
Your library liaison will help you create new library assignments or redesign existing ones by:
- Enhance existing classes to include library resources.
- Provide alternative ideas for library assignments other than term papers (see suggestions below).
- Come to your classroom to explain a specific research procedure or library resource.
- Create class handouts describing library resources and research activities.
For more information read this article by Necia Parker-Gibson:
Parker-Gibson, N. (2001). Library Assignments: Challenges students face and how to help. College Teaching, 49(2), 65-70.
Alternatives to Research Papers
- Prepare an annotated bibliography (PDF) of information sources on a specific topic.
- Compare an article from a popular magazine to an article on the same topic from a scholarly journal.
- Contrast two articles that present opposite points of view. Use the database below for Pro & Con points of view on numerous topics:
CQ Researcher (1991-present; all full-text; RefWorks help; XLinks) is the online version of the CQ Researcher print publication. It provides original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Each issue discussed includes an abstract, overview, background, current situation, outlook, special focus, chronology, pro/con, bibliography, next step, contacts, and footnotes. Controversial topics are addressed in a balanced, unbiased manner. It is published by and the user interface is provided by CQ Press, a Division of Congressional Quarterly, Inc. This subscription is limited to 5 simultaneous users.
- Contrast two journal articles that discuss the same topic but from two different time periods.
- Prepare a guide that describes information sources and services specific to a course or academic discipline. See the following examples:
- Locate an article in the popular press and corresponding original research articles in scholarly journals on which the popular article was based. Review related findings, discuss the relationship between the popular article and the original research, and critique the popular article with regard to accuracy.
- Add your academic discipline to this alternative assignment in the social and medical sciences: Evidence-Based Practice Assignment
- Ideas from other schools: