Building Research/Information Literacy Skills: Sample Assignments


What type of assignments do faculty most often require?

Research study: Dubicki (2013)

While short papers are the most popular research assignment, a number of alternative projects are listed below that also build students' research skills.

Tips for Research Assignments

  1. Talk to a librarian - contact an MU librarian to let them know what the assignment is and what students are expected to do to complete it. (Gives the librarians a head start on identifying the resources your students will need)
  2. Check us out - search the library catalog and databases to see what materials are available on the research topic.
  3. See what's going on - you and your students might look at hot topics lists for current and controversial issues to get ideas for research topics. Library databases with hot topics are: CQ Researcher and Points of View.

Sample Alternative Assignments that Build Research Skills

  • Opposing Viewpoints Debate
  • Poster Presentation
  • Citation Examination
  • Website Critique
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Political Candidate Campaign
  • Scholarly vs Popular
  • Primary vs Secondary Sources
  • Research Trail
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Scholarship over Time