The UJ Librarians can create course specific guides that can point students towards appropriate resources and/or help with the research process. Please let a librarian know if you would like one of these guides to be created for a specific course or assignment.
Example: LDRS501: Research
Gaining information literacy skills is an ongoing process. Even if there is not a specific research assignment for a course, the UJ librarians can make suggestions on how to build information literacy exercises into your syllabi. Introducing students to thinking critically and evaluating information in lower level classes helps them prepare to conduct independent research at the junior and senior levels.
If you would like to measure/monitor information literacy for your assignments, then please feel free to use or adapt the Information Literacy Rubric.Information Literacy Rubric
The UJ Librarians are happy to work with you to design library sessions that would be beneficial for your students. These sessions are available on a variety of topics including using a specific database, proper citations, evaluating information, etc. Please keep in mind that these sessions are most effective when scheduled near the point of need (i.e. plan to schedule your session when your students will actually begin their research). Please contact the Reference & Instruction Librarian if you would like to schedule a session.
If you would like to make it a requirement for students to consult with a librarian on an assignment, then the librarians are happy to take attendance and set specific hours for consultation. Additionally, if you think a student would benefit from meeting with a librarian please feel free to suggest our services. The librarians are available in-person and via email and phone. Contact information can be found here.
Here are a few examples of information literacy assignments that can be integrated into courses:
Locate & Compare a popular magazine articles against a scholarly articles on the same subject.
Create an annotated bibliography with evaluation annotations using the CRAAP test.
Locate primary source material about a specific date or event in history.
Compare different website types (.edu, .com, .gov) coverage of a specific topic.
Research a topic using only information from 1980 or before, then research the topic using information from 2000 and after – compare and contrast.