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the Un-Research Project

Including Information Literacy in Assignments

Ideas to get you started:

  • When assigning a project that must include outside resources (annotated bibliography, literature review, poster presentation, research paper, debate, etc.), consider requiring drafts of research plans or preliminary sources to be submitted. You can incorporate peer review (have students evaluate a topic, keywords, sources, etc.) or provide feedback to them yourself. This encourages students to start early and allows them time to adjust their topic, search strategy, and locate/cite/use appropriate sources.
  • Have your students examine a high quality source that you find authoritative and credible in your discipline (in many fields this looks like a scholarly, peer reviewed journal article but it may vary based on context). Locate an additional source from the same author/researcher (perhaps a social media post, blog post, editorial/opinion piece, etc.) and discuss how format might impact the perception of authority, credibility, usefulness, application, etc. of each source. This can spark discussion about the information cycle, what peer review means, how much research is completed before publishing, how many outside sources are used in different formats, and more.
  • Students can peer review each other's topics, citations, searching keywords, etc. as they begin and refine their search process.
  • Ask students to re-work a previous assignment into a new format (poster into oral presentation, research paper into infographic, etc.) and reflect on the process. 
  • Clearly identify the audience and purpose of an assignment to help guide and focus the research process and final products of the students. Audience and purpose can be assigned or chosen by the student.