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Research Assignment Handouts: Essential Elements to Promote Student Success Workshop: Resources

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The PIL research report that started it all: 

“Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today's College Students,” Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, Project Information Literacy Progress Report, University of Washington's Information School, July 13, 2010. A nation-wide study showed that the majority of sample handouts for researach assignments did not adequately guide students to finding and using information.

Information Literacy Standards:

"Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education," by Association of College & Research Libraries, a Division of American Library Association, approved on January 18, 2000, at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in San Antonio, Texas.

 Relevant articles:

  • "What Students Don't Know," an interesting article by Steve Kolowich published online in Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2011. The concluding paragraph reads:

"Librarians and teaching faculty certainly have an obligation to encourage good, thorough research...but they also have a responsibility to serve students -- and that means understanding the limitations of library idealism in practice, and acting pragmatically when necessary."

  • "Keys to Designing Effective Writing and Research Assignments,"by Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus: Special Report, from The Teaching Professor, Magna Publications. Follow this link to create an account for free access to Weimer's publication. In this set of eleven essays, Weimer presents a variety of ideas for writing and research assignment strategies. 

Workshop Prezi Presentation

Helpful Tips for Designing Research Assignment Handouts (PowerPoint)