Whether a research paper, annotated bibliography, or something new and exploratory, research assignments
are one of the keys to teaching students the practice of discovery. The elements that you emphasize in
the design of the assignment and the rubric you use to grade it lead students to consider different
skills that are essential to research and information fluency.
Your librarian is available to help you craft an assignment that delivers.
For example, good research assignments:
Require students to choose quality resources and reflect on their use
Treat research as an ongoing, iterative process with purposeful steps
Invite students to explore and expand their understanding of the topic itself, and how information is used in the discipline