Many students get an introduction to research and the library in ENGL 185, but unfortunately not all students take this class. Thus, it is possible that students in your class have not yet used the McGraw-Page Library to complete a research project while at R-MC. Library faculty are available to come to a class to instruct your students in a variety of research topics:
If you feel your students are not researching at the level you would like, contact your Subject Librarian to discuss possible strategies. You can also learn more (below) about designing research and/or library assignments that provide students with meaningful engagement with information.
Note: Please allow 7-days advance notice for a library instruction session and plan to attend the session in order to respond to assignment-specific questions.
Research assignments can be excellent teaching tools. Effective research assignments develop research skills, encourage your students to engage more deeply in a subject by identifying connections and critically thinking about a topic, and help students learn the research methods of your discipline.
An effective assignment will:
This page provides suggestions for how you can develop meaningful assignments based on information research.
Students engaging in research projects:
Your subject librarian can partner with you to:
Understanding the literature of a discipline
The following sources were consulted while preparing this page:
The page was originally developed at Wheaton College. Accessed 8/2018.