Research assignments are the foundation of many university courses. In a recent study from Project Information Literacy, University of Michigan students report that just getting started on research assignments is often the most difficult part of research. Providing detailed written guidelines in the actual assignments often plays a crucial role in students' abilities to complete assignments more successfully. Learning librarians gathered the following resources to assist you in developing research assignments that are engaging and also promote transferrable learning skills. Librarians are also available for consultations to discuss your research assignment.
Keys to Designing Effective Writing and Research Assignments - A special Faculty Focus report from The Teaching Professor
Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today's College Students - A report from Project Information Literacy
Checklist to Evaluate Sample Research Assignment Handouts - A quick guide to evaluate elements in your own handouts from Maricopa Community College District Libraries
Research Assignment Consultation with a Librarian - Meet with a librarian in your discipline to provide guidance on research topics, resources, and other technology tools to engage studetns and enrich their research experience.