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
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)
Check us out - search the library catalog and databases to see what materials are available on the research topic.
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