Designing an Effective Information Literacy Assignment
- Reach out to a librarian. The librarians can make sure students will have access to the appropriate resources for your assignment and can assist in teaching students how to access, evaluate, and acquire said resources. We can help incorporate the Research and Information Competencies into your assignments.
- Ask students to use a variety of resources. Students will need to be familiar with the various methods that scholars use to communicate with each other and the world, including books, peer reviewed academic journals, and newspapers.
- Scaffold the research process by assigning check points. Having students turn in an annotated bibliography or an outline of their argument before the final assignment is due provides formative assessment for you. It also helps students break down the research process and not rush the final product.
You can find great examples of information literacy assignments at Loyola Marymount University's William H. Hannon Library's guide.
The Snowden librarians are eager to participate in the fight against intentional plagiarism on our campus as well as educating our students to avoid accidental plagiarism. Please see the plagiarism tutorial the library has prepared. We would also be happy to include this in a library instruction session or come to your classroom to discuss this issue with your students in person.
We also maintain the Turnitin.com software, which can detect plagiarism. Please contact Mary Broussard if you have any questions regarding this product.
Request a course-specific research guide with appropriate resources and instruction for a research assignment by contact Emily Moran at email@example.com. Here is an example of a LibGuide for the History department.
Consider incorporating one of the library's online tutorials into your course, such as the Website Evaluation Tutorial or the Scholarly and Popular Journals tutorial. Assigning a tutorial for homework can be a fast and easy way to develop your students' information literacy skills.