Here are some suggestions for library &/or information-related assignments. They can be modified to suit the needs of a particular course or discipline.
Some Questions to ask about ANY information.
Currency: How recent is the information, and when was it last updated?
Accuracy: How reliable is the information. Are the facts accurate?
Organization: Is it easy to find the information you need?
Bibliography: Can you cite the work in a bibliography or works cited? Does it give you the author, title, publisher, and date?
Usefulness: How useful is it when you don’t know where to start?
Help students understand what you mean when you give them directions about what steps to take or what sources to consult in doing research. For example, simply saying “no Internet resources”makes students wonder whether library databases accessed over the Internet are also forbidden. Similarly, students often believe they cannot use encyclopedias when a subject encyclopedia may be a very useful and appropriate resource (e.g. Encyclopedia of Management). Giving library-related assignments in writing will help reduce confusion.
Knowing what students are working on and what resources they are expected to use will help the library provide better service.
Information sources are constantly changing. New sources appear and methods of accessing information are evolving. Please check with the library to ensure that students are being directed to the most current sources and to ensure that the library holds or provides access to the needed information. It is also important for students to be aware that information about current topics may be limited to newspaper sources, as journal articles and books take time to appear.
For most assignments students should neither be directed to find their information exclusively on the web nor be told to avoid the web. There is a lot of credible information on the free web (e.g., from government and educational non-profit agencies). But the library also subscribes to many high-quality and expensive electronic sources that are accessed via the web and are very different from free web resources (e.g., google).
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