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Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design

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First-year students learn best from assignments that provide concrete and specific guidance on research methods. We can help you design assignments that will guide your students toward effective research. One tool we use in consultation with Signature Course faculty is the Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design. This tool promotes assignments that include:

  • Clear expectations about source requirements
  • A clear rationale and context for resource requirements
  • Focus on the research process
  • Library engagement
Date created: 
Spring 2012
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Archival Source Analysis Worksheet

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This worksheet is tailored specifically for evaluating a primary or archival source by addressing issues of audience, authority, bias, accuracy, and tone. It also asks students to examine the source within the broader historical context (for example, the time period, social movement). An optional question asks students to find two other sources that interpret the archival document in order to help draw their own conclusions.

Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Research Question Abstract

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Prior to beginning a research paper or project, students are asked to write a short abstract that carefully considers their research question, their role as a researcher (synthesizer, reviewer, problem-solver, etc), the importance of their research question, and the information resources they will need to consult to answer that question. This assignment helps students move beyond researching a broad topic and towards narrowing the focus of their project to a research question. Adapted from an assignment in Professor Stephen Reese's UGS 302: Understanding 9/11 in Fall 2011.

Tips: 
  • When completed before a library instruction session, this exercise helps students arrive with well-defined information needs.
  • It can also be developed into a research proposal assignment (perhaps as an alternative to writing a longer research paper) by asking students to provide an annotated bibliography.
Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Developing and Researching A Controversy

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This assignment helps students map their controversy and find a variety of viewpoints.

Tips: 

Contact UGS librarians to customize this assignment and an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Find an Article

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This assignment teaches students how to find an article by brainstorming keywords, choosing a database, constructing a search, and citing the article.

Tips: 

Contact UGS librarians to customize this assignment and get an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2010
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Find a Peer-Reviewed Article

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This assignment asks students to find a peer reviewed article relate to a course assignment or course material and evaluate it.

Tips: 

Assign the Find Articles tutorial and the Popular, Scholarly or Trade? guide complement this assignment. Or contact the UGS librariesn to request a tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Research Log

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This log helps students document their research strategy and keep track of where they found their sources. Instructors can require students to turn this document in with their papers.

Date created: 
Fall 2008
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Primary Versus Secondary Sources

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Students analyze a primary and secondary source on a course-related topic and reflect upon the differences between these types of sources.

Tips: 

Contact UGS librarians to customize this assignment and an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2008
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Find Facts to Support an Editorial

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Students read an editorial and find facts to support it. The instructor can also have students write an editorial and attach the research they did to support it.

Tips: 

Contact UGS librarians to customize this assignment and get an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2008

Compare a Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Article

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Students find a popular and scholarly article on a topic related to the class, briefly summarize the articles and describe how they differ. They can also be asked to keep a research log about how they found the articles.

Tips: 

Contact UGS librarians to customize this assignment and get an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2008
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