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Most students have limited library research experience. Here are some ideas for instructors that will help make your library research assignment a successful learning experience for your students:
- Teach research techniques.
- Collaborate with a librarian to develop a library instruction session for your students.
- Consult with a librarian before designing the assignment.
- Check to see whether the library has the resources your students will need.
- Complete the assignment yourself before you assign it to your students.
- Explain the assignment clearly—preferably in writing.
- Encourage students to ask for help.
- Provide students with examples of good assignments and highlight appropriate element parts.
- Avoid scavenger hunts. Hunting for obscure library facts does not support learning library research methods.
- Avoid arbitrary restrictions on sources and formats students can use.
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- Your assignment:
- Print, non-print, and electronic resources that are available to the University of Rhode Island community.
- Using University Libraries Reserves services.
- Accomodating an entire class using specific sources.
- Arranging for library instruction (a librarian meeting with your class in a Library Lab or your classroom during your regularly scheduled class time.
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