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This guide explains the purpose of background information in academic research and shows students how to find background information on their topic.
This assignment helps students map their controversy and find a variety of viewpoints.
Contact librarians to customize this assignment and an accompanying tailored research guide.
Students do outside reading of sources they identify and evaluate themselves and use the information they discover to inform an in-class discussion of the topic. For example, ask each student to find background information about a topic you will be covering in class that week and serve as the class “expert” on that topic during the class discussion.
Request a tailored version to have a course-specific research guide created for the assignment. This assignment is also helpful for encouraging student participation in class discussions.
Assemble background information on a company or organization in preparation for a hypothetical interview. For those continuing in academia, research prospective colleagues' and professors' backgrounds, publications, current research, etc.
The Libraries can provide tailored research guides and tutorials to accompany this assignment.
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