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Fast & Furious: Test Drive Your Research Assignment - Faculty Workshop: Home

Margot Hanson

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Margot Hanson

Michele Van Hoeck

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Michele Van Hoeck


"76% of students surveyed considered written guidelines about course-related assignments to be one of the most helpful materials an instructor can provide." Assigning Inquiry, Project Information Literacy report, July 2010

  • Provide situational context for your research assignment
  • Verify and sample resources available in the Library
  • Suggest specific research databases for your field or discipline
  • Explain criteria for quality sources. These may vary across discipline and situational context.
  • Specify citation style and provide, or link to, examples
  • Provide contact information for getting help, either from yourself or the Library
  • Provide all of the above in writing

Cal Maritime librarians are available to visit classes or consult with faculty on research assignments.

Workshop Description

Fast & Furious: Test drive your research assignment

Faculty Development Workshop
Friday, August 25, 2017 (1:30 – 2:45), Library Green Room

Does it seem like your students are reading a different set of instructions than what you intended? This workshop will help you fine-tune your research assignment, leading to better work from students.

Bring your assignment and have test drivers (other faculty) put it through some trial runs. Each assignment will get a second pair of eyes as well as recommendations from instruction librarians. This is also a chance to revise an assignment to add a research component or information fluency outcome.

Take the opportunity to make final adjustments during this session!

Presenters: Margot Hanson and Michele Van Hoeck

Workshop Handout

Use this checklist from our workshop to review your research assignment prompts. Is there anything missing? Anything you'd like to add so your students turn it better assignments?

Adapted from the Maricopa County Community College Libraries checklist.

Helpful Links

Guide students to citation help, recommended databases, and library liaisons.

California State University Maritime Academy

Cal Maritime Library
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590 

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