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Assignment Templates and Ideas: a page full of learning outcomes & assignment examples

Checklist to Evaluate YOUR Research Assignment Handouts- Suggestions from librarians  to help students successfully use and locate information sources.

Research Guidance Rubric For Assignments -  Rubric to assess your assignment for student guidance on doing research for your assignment.

Common Pitfalls to Avoid:

  • Assumption of library skills or experience. Remember, it's always better to assume no experience or use formative assessments before assignments are due.
  • Ignoring the research process in assessment. Assess students on both the research process and the final product to ensure quality search techniques and reduce plagiarism.
  • Not requiring students to justify source selections.  This requirement improves source quality and helps develop critical thinking and communication fluency skills.
  • Incorrect or incomplete directions about library resources. Ask a librarian or link one or more of the relevant help guides in Blackboard.
  • Not using library reserves for required resources. If your assignment requires a specific item, course reserves is the best way to ensure equal access for all students and avoid "disappearing" items.
  • Not providing an audience or reason why a resource type is required. Clarify how information is disseminated in your discipline. Try using a mixture of assignments which address a variety of audiences (academic, professional).
  • Limiting source requirements too much. Quality information can come in many forms. Allow for some flexibility in source type, with instructor approval, to allow students to utilize quality non-traditional sources.

Elaine Gustafson is available to helping faculty develop or update an assignment's instructions.

Students come to courses with a variety of skill levels and CUW library experience. Assessing potential deficits helps prevent struggles with course assignments.

An Anonymous, 5 minute, self-grading, multiple-choice quiz is available to help faculty.

Quiz topics:

  • CUW library account login
  • finding and using books
  • library database basics
  • choosing keywords/search terms
  • source evaluation criteria
  • determining source type from citation

To use this quiz:

  1. provide students with the six-digit course (available from the course schedule), a deadline for quiz completion, and this link: https://goo.gl/forms/EeaImCRirWNJqYEu2
    Students will receive immediate feedback and correct answers after submitting the quiz. 
  2. To see how your course performed, Contact Librarian Elaine Gustafson with your course code and quiz deadline. You will receive a short summary of the course’s strengths and weaknesses, and resources to share with students to improve any specific skill deficits.

Assigning a help guide for your course and looking for an assessment?

These simple multiple choice, self-grading quizzes can be easily added to blackboard.

Students will be emailed their results upon quiz completion which they can then submit to instructors for a grade.

Available Quizzes:

Using Databases
Finding Books
Finding Articles
Choosing a Topic
Evaluating Sources
Writing with Sources
Literature Searching

More quizzes coming soon!

Most library services for faculty are in the faculty resources box on the Library Tab in  CUW Portal.

Additional Services not in Portal:

Embedded Librarian Request: Embedded library support for Blackboard is available for on-line and on-campus course with heavy research focus such as capstones, research methods courses, thesis, and doctoral research courses. Embedded Librarians answer student library questions and serve as a resource for both faculty and students. Email Elaine Gustafson for more information.

Library Links Blackboard Modules

Library Links are content boxes you can add to your course homepage in Blackboard. Instructions and Description for available option are available here: Library Modules for Blackboard (DOC)

Need help? Ask a Librarian

The following websites include freely available ebooks which can be used as textbooks in some courses. The CUW Library does not assume responsibility for content from these sites and cannot guarantee availability or functionality. Copyright compliance is the responsibility of the user.

  • Merlot
    Subjects: Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Math, Science, and Social Science
  • OER Commons
    Subjects: Arts, Business, Humanities, Applied Science, Math, Science, and Social Sciences
  • OpenStax
    Subjects: Arts, Business, Humanities, Math, Social Science, and Technology
  • University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library
    Subjects: Business, Education, Humanities, Math, Medicine, Science, and Technology

Open Source Multimedia Sources- Video & audio clips you can use in your courses or your students can use in assignments.

Faculty Orientation Videos

CUW Librarians have created a set of 5 videos to introduce faculty to current library resources and services. Click on the title below to watch the video.

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