Lone Star College System: Alternatives to the Traditional Research Paper
Short easy-to-implement suggestions that depart from the typical paper.
Cornell College: Guide to Assignments for Library Research
Strategies to create authentic research assignments, not just reports.
Want to swap ideas with other instructors or get some feedback on your own assignments? Contact your librarian. We would be happy to suggest ideas and help you share yours!
Some ideas adapted from: Houdyshell, M. (2003). Navigating the library: What students (and faculty) need to know. College Teaching, 51(2), 76-78.
Include information literacy specifically in your assignment rubrics. See the examples linked here for ideas about how to incorporate source quality in how you evaluate student work.
The information literacy program empowers students to seek, create, & share new ideas in a complex information landscape by teaching skills that extend from the classroom to students' personal & professional lives
Library instruction can include teaching students how to search the catalog for books and databases for articles, but it doesn't just have to be that. Librarians can help with any part of the research process, from topic and question development, to source integration and use, and everything in between. It can be about finding government statistics in American Fact Finder from the Census Bureau or how to connect Google Scholar to the paid library resources. It can be about strategies for approaching a 15-page paper or evaluating online news articles shared on Facebook.
Library instruction is:
Library instruction is not:
It can happen in the dedicated library instruction computer classroom or in your classroom. It can even take the form of online tutorials and research guides for your course. It can be one class session or a sequence of a few or a drop in for 30 minutes.
Each academic department/program has a professional librarian assigned to work with faculty and students in that area to help ensuring a library collection that meets student and faculty needs and help students, faculty, and staff effectively access information
Your liaison librarian can help you:
Contact your librarian anytime. Your librarian can help you:
Asst. Director of Public Services
Librarian liaison for:
Core Curriculum, English,
History/Politics & HWS
Office Phone: (563) 589-3649
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Librarian liaison for:
Communication, Education, Philosophy, Criminal Justice & Sociology
Office Phone: (563) 589-3645