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One of the most common reasons given by students who plagiarize is that they do not fully understand what plagiarism is. This interactive tutorial defines plagiarism using a short video, followed by exercises to practice specific, real life situations that a student may encounter.

This rubric communicates expectations for students writing a research paper requiring archival or primary resources using a variety of indicators, such as description, analysis, and evaluation.

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.

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.

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.

Students select a topic and compare how that topic is treated in several different sources.

Students select sources on a topic and then cite, summarize, evaluate and reflect upon each source.

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

Students conduct the research for a paper except for writing the final draft. At various times, students are required to turn in 1) their choice of topic; 2) an annotated bibliography; 3) an outline; 4) a thesis statement; 5) an introduction and a conclusion.

This assignment asks students to find background information and articles related to the course content and reflect upon how this information expanded their understanding of the course material.

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

This guide walks students through the steps to find an article from a citation.

This is step-by-step tutorial to teaches students to brainstorm keywords, choose, and search an article database.

This guide teaches students how to use Google Scholar to connect to library resources.

This guide explains the purpose of background information in academic research and shows students how to find background information on their topic.

This guide explains the difference between literary criticism and book reviews and lists sources for finding them.

This is a step-by-step tutorial to finding books in the UT Libraries.

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.

An online guide to find film reviews and criticism using UT databases and freely available websites.

This guide shows students how to find government information at the federal, state, and local level. It also recommends sources for information on other nations.

This guide lists useful sources for finding images.

This guide lists useful sources for news and statistics about UT, Austin, and Texas.

This guide lists sources for finding law articles, cases, opinions, code and law.

This guide lists sources for finding current and historical newspaper articles.

This guide shows how to find opinion and editorial articles in print and online. It provides a list of publications with opposing viewpoints and shows how to find political cartoons.

This guide defines a primary source and lists places to find a wide variety of primary sources.

This guide lists source for finding campus, state and national statistics.

This guide explains what Ebooks are and shows how to find and read Ebooks.

This guide presents tips and tricks for following conversations between authors in the popular and scholarly literature and to find reactions to articles and blog posts.

This interactive tool guides students through the process of creating an effective keyword search for their research topic using the model described below and then allows students to email the results to themselves and their instructor. Students can also launch the search in the Library Catalog, Academic Search Complete, or JSTOR.

This interactive guide helps students evaluate resources by using criteria including scholarly versus popular, primary versus secondary, expertise, bias, currency and accuracy.

Use this guide to help students dissect and read scholarly and peer-reviewed articles. The guide is organized into sections that asks students to understand and think critically about the information needed to create a citation, the organization of a journal article, and the article's main ideas.

This tutorial, created by the Purdue University Libraries, teaches students how to read a scientific paper and explains the anatomy of a scholarly research paper. A Blackboard test package is available as an assessment tool for this tutorial.

This test package can be uploaded to Blackboard to assess student comprehension of the How to Read a Scientific Paper Tutorial.

This guide lists tips for Signature Course (UGS) teaching assistants about how to integrate information literacy into the classroom curriculum using various tools from this toolkit as well as other areas of the Libraries website. UGS Librarians strongly encourage Teaching Assistants to get in touch with the UGS Librarians to discuss tailoring and collaborating on an information literacy exercise or assignment for their discussion sections.

This tool prompts students to enter citation information depending on the type of resource they have to cite. NoodleTools generates an MLA Works Cited list, an APA References list, or a Chicago/Turabian Bibliography that complies with the rules of the current handbooks and manuals for each citation style. Students may also use it to take notes connected to their citations and share bibliographies.

This guide helps students differentiate between popular, scholarly and trade publications.

All or a selection of these test items can be used early in the semester or before a library instruction session to get a sense of what students do and do not know. Later in the semester or after students have done research, you can use the same questions to get a sense of what students have learned. The correct answers are checked.

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.

Give students this guide to explain the differences between primary and secondary sources and why and when you would use either in research. 

First-year students learn best from assignments that provide concrete and specific guidance on research methods.  Librarians can help you design assignments that will guide your students toward effective research, and this rubric is one tool we use to do that.

Apply the Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design to your assignment to ensure that it has:

  • Clear expectations about source requirements
  • A clear rationale and context for resource requirements
  • Focus on the research process
  • Library engagement

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.

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.

This assignment asks students to evaluate sources they use for their research. Students are asked to cite the source, identify the source type, discuss the purpose, examine the credibility of the author, discuss the accuracy of the information, and discuss currency.

Use this rubric with the Source Analysis Assignment.

This tutorial is designed to help students research women's human rights using the archives at the University of Texas at Austin and take them step-by-step through the process of selecting an archive, preparing for research before diving into the collection, using an archive, evaluating the archival material, and thinking critically about the material's creation.This tutorial was created specifically to support the Signature Courses on women, gender, and human rights supported by the Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative.

This tutorial teaches students the elements of a citation, the first step to be able to cite appropriately. It also teaches them to find an article from a citation.

Students write the executive summary of a grant proposal, by doing research for the problem statement or statement of need section as well as the measurable objectives section.

Asking students to create an entry or edit an existing entry for Wikipedia inspires a mental shift as they begin to think of themselves as authorities or experts to be held accountable for their contributions to a living and constantly tended international conversation, to back up claims with evidence and to call attention to information or individuals that maybe excluded from the canon.

This approach maybe useful for courses with discussion of social justice or marginalized conversations.

Activity that walks students through the process of reading and synthesizing scholarly sources.  Includes:

  • Sample lesson plan
  • Sample slides
  • Sample student worksheet