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Effective Assignment Checklist
This guide was created by Elizabeth Foster, Public Policy & Social Sciences Librarian for Georgetown University . Many thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her work.
- State the purpose of the assignment and the learning objectives.
- Provide discipline-specific context: what does research mean in your discipline? How is research conducted, disseminated, and evaluated?
- Provide logistical information: length, citation style, formatting, number of sources, acceptable and unacceptable sources, etc.
- Provide evaluation criteria or a rubric.
- Topic selection: Provide some guidance on how to decide on a topic or design a manageable research question.
- Recommended sources: Identify key databases and resources so students know where to start.
- Critical thinking: If you usually emphasize finding and accessing information, take things a step further and also emphasize evaluating and synthesizing information from different sources.
- Make research reflective: Have students compile research logs or write a brief reflection on the research process.
Library Resources and Support Services
- Check to see if the library has the resources students will need to complete the assignment.
- Share your subject librarian's contact information with your students.
- Ask your subject librarian to make a course guide or visit your class for an instruction session.
- Add your subject librarian to your CourseSite using the "librarian" role.
- Promote online library resources, such as Lehigh's Library Guides and Interlibrary Loan.
- Specify the required citation style.
- Provide information about RefWorks, a citation management program provided by LTS.