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Creating Effective Library Assignments
- Identify a purpose or rationale for the assignment that is clearly communicated to the students.
- Connect your assignment to the WSU Information Literacy Learning Outcomes.
- Make sure the assignment is closely tied to the course content to provide relevance.
- Check the WSU Libraries' Subject Resource Guides (LibGuides) to learn of relevant resources to the assignment.
- Work through the assignment yourself to make sure the learning outcomes are achievable.
- Be sure that each resource listed on your assignment has the full and proper citation.
- Create assignments so that a large number of students are not trying to get access to a limited number of resources.
Collaborating with Librarians
There are many ways that librarians can engage with students in the research process. Here are just a few considerations:
- Librarians can help you design assignments to fully integrate library instruction sessions.
- Add your librarian to your syllabus as a contact.
- Consider adding your librarian to your BlackBoard shell as a coursebuilder -- they can drop useful resources into a folder.
- Encourage students to work with your librarian throughout the semester.
- Ask your librarian to create a course-specific LibGuide.